Moving to a new place is scary, exciting, and above all stressful. Organizing all the boxes, packing everything, designing a new home – it can be a lot to handle. Now, try adding kids into the mix, and the bucket of stress begins to overflow. With peak moving season just around the corner, it’s important to plan a move with your kids so you can maintain your sanity while doing so. Here are a few tips to help you get the job done:
#1 Pack Like You’re Going on Vacation
Aside from the hundreds of boxes in the moving truck, make sure to put together a suitcase of clothing, toys, and other necessities you would bring on vacation. This will occupy your kids during the move without switching up their normal routine, allowing for a smooth and stress-free transition into your new home.
#2 Recycle Your Boxes
A kid’s imagination is a world of endless possibilities. Anything can be a toy – including your boxes. Don’t throw them out the second the contents are unpacked because you may be surprised to find it’s not hard to distract your kids throughout this process. The boxes can be reused for play houses, 3-D coloring projects, or anything else your child may think of, so make sure to keep a few around while moving!
#3 Let Them Help
When kids are little, all they want to do is act older. Giving them the responsibility of packing some of their own things will distract them and make them feel powerful along with relieving any worries they may have. Moving is a big deal for a young child and giving them control over part of the process will make you all feel at ease.
#4 Involve Them in the Design Process
Often times kids are very attached to the home they know and love, making them reluctant to move. However, if they get the option to design their own room or at least part of it, they will be more eager. Involve them in picking out colors for their room and other rooms in the house or even possible themes. They’ll get excited about the process and allow you to focus your stress elsewhere.
#5 Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
There are definitely a lot of differing personalities and reactions that emerge from children when they’re required to move homes. If these other options aren’t working and it’s too much to handle, ask for help. It could be the grandparents, a babysitter, or a playdate, but don’t be scared to get help! It’s okay to admit that you’re overwhelmed, and your kid will get excited being able to see others.
A move with kids can be difficult at times, but it’s all worth it once you’re settled into your new home. Try to stay as calm as possible throughout the packing process, and remember that it will all work out in the end. Your kid may be anxious now, but they’ll be happy to see how beautiful the new home is.