Moving from one place to another is never an easy task. It comes with the stress of packing your entire living space, safely transporting it to the new location without any damage, unpacking everything, and finally setting up your new home. Apart from all the physical activity involved in moving with children, there is also another challenge: the psychological effects of moving on the children.
Hamilton Movers, Morrison Moving provides a professional team and experience to take care of the fatigue of packing, loading, transporting, unloading, and even unpacking for you, relieving you of any stress in this regard. This leaves the challenge of adjusting and helping the children adapt to this change. To help you, we will list 6 amazing tips that can make moving easier on children.
Take Kids on Board
Start mentally preparing your child for the move well in advance. Talk about the benefits of moving to a new place like new friends, the prospects of an improved life-like a better house, their favourite food places near the new place, and other stuff that may appeal to your child. Moving with a 12-year-old or even a teenager is a little complicated as they usually tend to resist changes. They find it hard to leave old friends in the school and neighbourhood. It is helpful to keep counselling them throughout.
Plan and Organize your Move
Moving with kids is certainly a little different. A family is likely to have much more household items. This means planning at least 8 weeks in advance and then using the time to organize by listing down all the essential supplies. Prepare a list of belongings to be packed, sold off, or given away. This will make your packing process smooth by getting rid of clutter. If your child (or children) is a pre-teen or older, it is wise to involve him in this process and help him decide which things he wants to keep. If the child is an infant, it will be an additional responsibility for you during packing and moving. We highly recommend keeping the essential items like feeder and other food, diapers, baby wipes, medication, and first aid box separately packed and easily accessible during move.
In Packing – Involve your Kids
Make the process of moving exciting for your kids by letting them be a part of the process. It is most likely a new activity for them and by adding them to the team, you can use their energy while keeping their mindset positive about the whole change. Make them feel a part of the decision process by having a say in things to be packed and which are to be left or given away.
Yard Sales and Farewells
Organizing a yard sale can be a fun activity and a way of raising money to buy new stuff for your new place. It also serves the additional benefit of reducing your baggage considerably by getting rid of old and unnecessary items. Parties are something that all kids always look forward to. Having your kids’ friends over for a movie or a gathering with your neighbours and kids as farewell parties will make the event memorable for you and your kids. At the same time, you can explain how they can always remain in contact currently using social media. This will help them absorb the change with less resistance.
Unpacking and Setting up Your New Home
Keep your kids involved in the last stage of the process by letting them help in unpacking, discuss ideas of décor for their room, and any other change they may like to have in the new place. However, it is pertinent to keep in mind to only involve the kids in unpacking items that pertain to them and are easy to handle for their age.
How to Settle the Child into a new home
The process of adapting to this change does not end with moving to new places, especially for your child. It is essential to keep a keen eye on the child to help him settle in. Order kids' favourite food on the weekend, ask them about their time in school, whether they have made new friends in school, and take them out to fun places nearby to help them adapt. These are some tips that can help you as a family in adapting to the changes that come with moving to a new place.
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