May kicks off the busy season in the moving industry. With kids getting out of school, families find the summer to be the perfect time to move with minimal interruptions to daily life. While moving is stressful on everyone involved, it can be exceptionally difficult on children.
Don’t worry though, we’re here to help with these tips for easing the transition for your kids!
Before your move
Let them express themselves and their views on the homes you see. This will help them get excited, and feel more involved. When you decide on a new home, help them get excited by showing them their new room. Help them image what it will look like, and tell them about all of the possibilities for them in your new home!
Discuss the move with your child
Preparation is key to making moving day fun and easy for your kids, so set expectations for them. Explaining to them why you’re moving, and what it kind of benefits it will have to them, goes a long way before the move.
Keep them informed
Consistent communication is key when it comes to moving with kids. By refreshing the conversation with new information, or just reminding them of what’s coming, you can keep it from creeping up as a surprise and keep things calm. You should also increase communication as moving day comes closer. These conversations will also show you what your child is most nervous about, so you can help smooth out issues ahead of time.
Get essentials ready
While packing, keep a backpack full of essentials for your child. Games, entertainment, and some comforts will help keep them occupied and comfortable before, during, and after your move. This will serve as a great comfort as well during an anxious time.
During your move
A simple start is to let them move some of their own items into their room. Make them know that this is there space, and that they can have some control of it. Keeping them involved in the move will make it go quicker, cut down on the downtime that can distract them, and can give them a feeling of home.
Make it special
Have them keep a journal of their experiences. Maybe tell them to make it an adventure, and write down their experiences as though they were on some grand quest. This can keep their minds occupied on moving forward and can also increase excitement about the next chapter.
Does this one sound familiar? It should. Make sure they have the bag you set aside for them nearby. If you get hung up on certain parts of your move that they can’t help with, having something for them to do is very important. It will also help ease any of their anxieties that may sneak up during the move.
After your move
It’s a new area for all of you, so take a walk around the neighborhood and see all that it has to offer! If your child is switching schools after your move, you could bring them to their new school and play on the playground or walk around the campus. Not only is this a welcome break or reward from moving, but it strengthens the feeling of home and family after the changes.
Make unpacking fun by visualizing the future. Let them set up their new room, or have input on some of the set up in common spaces that they’ll spend time in. Have them do some of the nuanced setup such as arranging knickknacks or movies or smaller items that need to be organized.
Ask your child about their thoughts and feelings after the move. Check in to make sure they are still feeling okay, and form a plan on how you can integrate them into their new home life and community.
Using professional movers
Choose a reputable company. Some companies don’t thorough vett or test their employees, which makes for more risk when their movers are interacting with your child. While setting up your move, inquire about any child-friendly material they can bring. For instance, we offer colloring books, journals, and a treasure chest that can make moving day more fun for them. When the movers arrive, introduce yourselves and your child to start the relationship. Our movers are trained and equipped to relate to kids and make the moving experience comfortable for every member of your family.
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