4 Tips for Moving with Children

Moving into a new home or relocating to a different town or state can be an exciting chance to enjoy a fresh start. However, the process of setting up a new home can inevitably be stressful. If you’re moving with children, things can seem even more complicated, so it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed!



Fortunately, help is at hand. With these handy tips, you can simplify the process and make moving with children an exciting adventure:

1. Prepare Your Child

Deciding to move to a new location isn’t something that children normally have much say in. Despite this, it has a major impact on their lives. To minimize worries or anxiety, talk to your child in advance, and help to prepare them for the move. Focus on the positive aspects, such as the proximity to friends and family, the opportunity to have their own room, or nearby attractions. Similarly, reassure them about any negatives they might see, such as moving away from loved ones or leaving their school behind.

2. Maintain Your Routine

The moving process can cause upheaval in your life well before you actually set off for your new home. When you’re packing up your belongings, for example, you might start weeks in advance, which can mean that your home isn’t as neat and tidy as it usually is. Furthermore, you may have a lot more errands than usual, which means your routine may be out of kilter. Where possible, try to keep your kid’s routines as normal as possible. Any excess upheaval can make the moving process seem traumatic. By maintaining your usual routines when you can, you can reduce any unnecessary stress for your kids.



 

3. Get Documentation Ready

When you move to a new place, you’ll need a variety of documentation to use as I.D. However, it isn’t just adults that need identification. You may need your kid’s birth certificates or passports, for example. Similarly, if you’re moving internationally, you may want to click here to find out more about extra documentation that might be required. When you’re enrolling your kids at a new school or even registering with a new pediatrician, you may be asked for identification, so it’s best to have it ready well in advance.

4. Keep Kids Entertained

You’re going to be busier than ever while you’re preparing to move, so it’s important to plan things to keep kids entertained. If you have family and friends nearby, arranging playdates can be a great way to keep kids busy while giving you some much needed time to get errands done. Alternatively, choose activities related to the move, such as asking your kid to research your new neighborhood online or create a list of new local attractions they want to visit.

Make the Moving Process Fun

For adults, it’s no surprise that moving to a new home can be exhausting and stressful. However, if your kids hear talking negatively about the move, they may begin to have doubts. By making the moving process as fun as possible and talking about it in a positive light, you can encourage your kids to look forward to their next adventure.

3 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing these great moving tips.

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  2. When my husband and I moved with a toddler years ago the first room that was completely set up was her bedroom so that she could feel comfortable right away. Good tips on making it fun

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  3. I have only movied a couple of time don't know how you could make it fun. Lots of good ideals here for the parent

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