Moving is difficult for even the most organized people. When children are involved the difficulty increases. Whether you are going just down the road or overseas here are some tips to help ease the transition.
1. Pack your room first and your child’s room last.
Children crave constancy and comfort. Make your child’s bedroom a safe place for them in your old home and recreate that same sense of ownership for them in their new bedroom. Older children may see this as an opportunity to get a whole new space with new furniture or décor, while younger children will do better with a room that same of the one they left behind. By packing your child’s room last and unpacking it first upon arrival it will make the move easier for your child.
2. Be prepared.
Have the information for local services. You will need to know where to find the local hospital, pediatrician, dentist, pharmacy, grocery store, and the nearest chain restaurant that the kids love before you depart and arrive at your new home. Put the list together before moving day and make sure to make extra copies putting one in a purse and another in the glove compartment just in case. Moving is a completely different experience with children; being prepared for any emergency is necessary.
3. Take your children away for moving day.
Your moving days are going to be incredibly hectic. Having young children around makes it more stressful because it is nearly impossible to pack and parent at the same time. Consider having your children stay with a family member or friend if possible. If you can’t find childcare, one of the parents should take the kids somewhere and entertain them while the other packs up the house. While this might seem less than ideal, in the long run it will make the entire process less stressful.
4. Try to keep your cool.
With as hectic as moving can be it is easy to fall in the trap of being overly stressed. Parents are the central point of safety for children so it is important to take a minute to catch your breath. Remember that parents help show their child how to respond to situations. By keeping your cool it will let your children know that everything is going to be ok.
5. If it’s important to your child keep it with you.
Never pack your toddler’s favorite toy or special blanket. Having them around will ease the transition during the move. If it’s important to your infant or toddler, keep it in your sight when you’re moving.