For parents who are experiencing their first move with children, it may seem like you’ve got enough on your plate, let alone keeping the kids safe and happy throughout the moving process.
We’ve provided a few great points to help you survive the experience of moving house with children.
Prior to Moving Day
Visit the New Area
If you are going to move to a new location, it’s a great idea to give your children something to really look forward to by visiting a local attraction. You could take your child shopping at the local shopping centre, take them to a park or sports facility so that they can begin to familiarise themselves with places they have had positive experiences at.
This is a great way to ensure that they will be happy to move on the day, which will reduce the risk of tantrums that would otherwise have increased your stress levels!
Plan Their New Bedroom Layout
A child’s bedroom is often a place they feel most comfortable and secure. To ensure that they are excited for the move, have a discussion about decorations and styles for their new bedroom. This will give them a chance to start mapping out their new room in their heads. It will make them feel more involved and excited about the moving process.
When it comes to packing, help your children go through all of their things to see what toys, clothes and other miscellaneous items they want to bring with them. Let them pack things into their own boxes so that they have the security of knowing all of their favourite things are safely packed away and ready to move with them. You may want to oversee the packing process just to make sure the boxes are packed securely to prevent anything getting damaged.
Saying goodbye to a home can be emotional. Make sure your children have enough time to say goodbye in their own way. Even if it’s a case of hosting a small goodbye party with their favorite toys and taking lots of photos to remember the home by, it’s a good way for your children to make lasting memories of what has been a lovely home.
Take your Children to a Friend or Relative To ensure that your children stay safe, you may want to consider taking them round to a relative or friend. When there are lots of heavy boxes and furniture being carried around, an excitable child may be accident-prone.
Not to forget, moving is stressful for you too. Having your children looked after for a few hours whilst you get things organized and move successfully is a great way to reduce stress and make for a smooth running day.
Pack the Essentials
Provide your child with a bag with essentials in so that they have everything they need to keep them satisfied through the moving period. This may contain packed lunch, a spare change of clothes, a coat, some portable games or some books.
When all of their possessions are packed in boxes, it may also be a good idea to keep out their favourite item for their own comfort.
With this brief guide, we believe that moving house with kids can be an easy, stress free ordeal. Have you found this guide useful? Let us know in the comments.
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