Moving With Kids: Tips for a Smooth Transition
Moving can be a stressful time, even for the most experienced of movers. And according to Census statistics dating back to 1980, every year about 16.8% of the U.S. population relocates. That’s about 43 million people, all told. Many adults are accustomed to the rituals of moving, but when you add children into the mix, things can get a lot more complicated.
Make the transition easier on your kids — and on yourself — by following these tips for packing and moving with young children in tow.
- Keep the lines of communication open.
The more you explain to your children the reasons behind your move, the more they’ll be able to prepare emotionally. Try to give them some way to be involved, whether it’s packing, picking out paint colors for their new bedroom, or holding a yard sale to get rid of the things they don’t need anymore. Get them ready physically by helping them start packing and sorting through old clothes or toys they don’t need anymore well in advance of the move itself.
- Find local movers who care.
When you’re trusting a moving company to handle your belongings, make sure that the workers are also kind and courteous to your children. That way, your kids can feel safe knowing that their box of favorite toys or clothes is in good hands. Ask neighbors or friends about recommendations for local movers who put family first.
- Host a “See You Soon” party.
Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, the change in location can be enough to trigger some anxiety about friendships new and old. Let your child have a party with their friends where everyone exchanges contact information and lots of pictures are taken. Talk with them about how to keep in contact with old friends while making new ones over time.
Don’t make your move harder than it needs to be. The more excited and clear-headed you can be about your upcoming move, the more calm and ready your children will be, too. Uprooting your home to start a new life can be a difficult challenge, but it can also be an extremely rewarding experience that brings you closer together as a family.