5 Tips For Moving With Kids«« Move For Hunger Resources September 28, 2016 | 10:00 am |
Moving is a stressful time for everyone, but it can be especially hard on kids. The transition to a new home doesn’t have to be overwhelming though. Here are 5 tips to help you move with kids.
Let kids pack their most prized possessions.
Kids can get worried about having all of their things packed up. Help kids pack their favorite toys and mark the boxes so that they can find them easily. It can give kids a peace of mind to have packed them themselves.
Plan new rooms.
Transitions can be easier when kids know where they’re going to be next. If possible, visit the new house with kids before the moving day and let them plan out their rooms. If you can’t physically visit the house before the move, show kids some pictures of the new house and their new rooms.
Explore the neighborhood.
Going to the new neighborhood can help kids get an idea of where they’re going to be living. Take a walk around the neighborhood, see the parks, and get to know new places.
Pack the essentials separately.
Have a few separate bags for the most important things you will need the first few days. Searching through boxes for things like a few changes of clothes, baby food, toys, and bed sheets the first night at the new home is stressful. Pack them separately for an easy first night.
Use a sitter.
Sometimes the best thing for young kids on moving day is to get them away from the stress. Hiring a sitter for moving day can be better for everyone. It gives parents an opportunity to just focus on the move. Plan a fun filled day for your kids, let a sitter take over, and avoid mid-move meltdowns altogether.