Moving houses with kids can be challenging. Thanks to our experience and a few pointers, we’ve seen it done very well before.
What should I do to prepare my children for a move?
Every child is unique, as any parent or guardian understands.Children adjust to change at different speeds, and some welcome change while others need time. There are many ways to handle a transfer, but there are a few guidelines and suggestions that can help make it go more smoothly.
Don’t rush. Take your time.
Whether we have dependents or not, moving is a task we often underestimate. Allowing some overlap time between homes will reduce the rush and stress of packing and cleaning. Prepare the large jobs first, such as disassembling beds, before the arrive. This is especially important if your babysitting opportunities are limited.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. Any help you can muster will be of great assistance to you as you navigate a potentially difficult transition, whether it is preparing for the move or caring for your children. If your resources are limited, you might consider making a Facebook post (or something similar) to reach out to your larger group. You may be surprised by the number of volunteers, whether it’s for babysitting during the loading and moving process or for meals, school drop-offs, and other tasks. We have been introduced to people who enjoy moving day (although they are few and far between).
3. Make a “must-have” box.
Separate school books, snacks, lunchboxes, towels, toothbrushes, and favourite toys into separate containers so they are easily accessible during the week. The remainder of unpacking will go much faster. The “must-have” pack should also include spare light bulbs and toilet paper rolls. You can allow your children to help you pack the “must-haves” box. They will be able to choose their favourite items to have on hand, and you will feel more connected to them.
Keep a nightlight close at hand.
While youngsters are settling into a new environment, a dim nightlight is a smart option. Put this one in the “must-haves” category as well.
5. Turn it into an adventure.
A drive-by of the new property helps your children become familiar with their new surroundings. Finding new playgrounds, parks, and shops can help you feel excited about the next step in your life. Children can also be incorporated into some fun decision-making to help the transition go more smoothly. You can do this by incorporating your children’s suggestions into the design of their new room.
Making as many aspects of the moving process as feasible collaborative can foster a sense of teamwork, which is especially beneficial during times of uncertainty.
6. Bring it up in a conversation.
Children should be prepared for the relocation by talking about it in the weeks leading up to it. In “Relocating House,” Anne Civardi and Stephen Cartwright try to teach children that moving is an inevitable part of life. There is humor and lightheartedness to this story.
7. Make a charitable donation and recycle.
Especially after a downsize, donating unneeded belongings to local organisations is a great way to support local causes. This can also be utilised as a chance to teach the youngsters about the importance of supporting non-profits and recycling old items.
8.Preserve some traditions.
It is easy to keep things normal in your new location if you maintain your customary family customs and pastimes. Especially if you have moved far away from home, this may be a helpful strategy for kids who have difficulty adjusting to a new environment. A child’s ability to be distracted by new traditions in a new environment works both ways.
9. Take frequent breaks.
You must ensure that everyone in your family, including yourself and your children, takes frequent breaks to sit down, have a snack or meal, and stay hydrated. Moving is a major undertaking that can be exhausting. Touch base every hour or so to ensure that your energy levels and endurance are maintained.
10. Take it easy on the unpacking.
Once you’ve moved all of your belongings into your new home, it’s natural to feel compelled to get things set up as soon as possible. Accepting that unpacking will take days (if not weeks) and concentrating on the necessities is often preferable. Are all of the beds ready to go? Is it okay for the kids to play with their favourite toy? If that’s the case, you may have completed your task for the time being.
Although moving with children is not easy, if you keep these tips in mind, you may find it manageable – and even enjoyable at times. Feel free to call our office on 01324 468821 if you have any questions regarding your family’s move or visit man and van falkirk page.