Here are 10 Moving Tips to help make moving easier on your kids
- It’s important to tell your kids about your plans to move as soon as possible. The more time they have to prepare, the easier it will be for them.
- Child psychologists recommend that children should participate in the decision-making. If kids feel included and take ownership of their new home decision, the transition will go much easier.
- Moving is a family process so share the excitement and responsibilities with every member of the family. Give everyone an age-appropriate responsibility. For example, kids enjoy decorating our moving boxes. When you get to your new home, this cam also make it easier for them to find their stuff.
- Involve your kids in the packing process and start packing items you will not need ahead of time.
- Sentimental treasures like that beloved stuffed toy should be kept in a separate bag or box which they can keep close until moving day, and then bring with them to your new home.
- Throughout the move, stay as upbeat and calm as possible. Give your kids opportunities to express their feelings and try to be honest about your own feelings.
- Take a tour of your new neighbourhood with the whole family. If it’s not far, why not ride your bikes and scope out the parks and even your favourite fast food restaurants.
- Give your kids an inexpensive digital camera to take as many pictures as they want of their friends prior to the move.
- Child psychologists agree that if kids know they can stay in touch with friends and loved ones, it will make the move less traumatic.
- Prepare cards with your child’s name and new address to give to friends. If you are moving within the same city, try to schedule a few play dates for after your move day.
With a lot of preparation, and a lot of patience, your move can be fun for you and your children.