Moving is often the toughest for children.
If you are planning a household move, your kids might be sad and possibly act out in frustration. However, moving doesn’t have to be a drama-filled event that saddens your little ones to the point of tears. It’s possible to make moving fun for the entire family. Here’s how to do it.
Have a Moving Party
Your kids will view the move in a negative light unless you give them a reason to smile. After all, no child wants to leave everything he or she is familiar with to settle down in a new and strange space. However, if you turn the move into a party, your kids will have a ball while packing their possessions. Order some pizza and wings, put on some upbeat tunes, and packing up your belongings will not be nearly as upsetting for your kids.
Create a Memory Album
Creating a memory album will help your kids close the door on their old living space, ultimately facilitating the transition to their new home.
Encourage everyone in the family to add one or several photos to the memory album. These photos should be of family, friends, the house, and other memories from your time at the home you’re leaving. The process of making the memory album will bring you and your children closer to one another during this changing time, making it easier to transition to your new home.
Reinforce the fact that you will make new memories at your new home. Try to frame the move as an adventure with the potential for fun and new discoveries, and your kids just might look forward to the move.
Get Familiar With Your New Community
Learn as much as possible about your new neighborhood with your kids. If it’s doable, drive or walk through your new neighborhood. Make a note of fun places like parks, community centers, libraries, and restaurants.
Research and identifying local clubs, sports teams, or park district programs ahead of time will help your little ones forge new bonds after making the move.
If you’re not nearby the new community to take a drive-through, try an internet search with your child to explore all the things your new town and community have to offer.
Give Children Some Control Over Packing
The packing process can be emotional for young kids who fear that their favorite toys won’t be there when the moving van arrives at your new home. Lessen that fear by allowing your children to pack some of their own things. Wait until you’re close to moving day to pack their most cherished toys and belongings.
Giving your kids some control over moving gives them a sense of responsibility, shifting their focus away from negative feelings about the move onto helping with the moving process.
Help With Your Move
If you are planning a local move or a long-distance move, let Schroeder Moving Systems help. Allow our moving crew to handle the hard work and heavy lifting. This way, you can focus on organizing your things at your new home, helping your kids get situated, and enjoying your living space.