Ten tips for moving with children

Ten tips for moving with children

All the paperwork is final, it’s a done deal – you are moving.  Whether you are moving out of state or around the corner, it is a change for everyone involved, including children.  Here are a few tips to make this transition easier on everyone:

  1. Call a family meeting and let them know of the upcoming change and how it will impact the whole family.  Encourage them to express their feelings and concerns.  Let them know you’ll be depending on them to help out during the move, from packing to settling in to the new house.
  2. If possible, involve your children, especially if they’re older, in the selection process of the new home and get their feedback.  If you are moving to another city, show them photos of each home.  Let them know you’ll take their comments into consideration when making the final decision.
  3. Purge before packing.  Let the kids know that now is a great time to get rid of some clutter.  Get the kids to help you go through the whole home, not just their belongings, but everyone’s.   Let them know it’s okay to keep certain things that hold important memories, but things that are no longer used should be donated or sold.
  4. Organize a moving sale.  Once you have figured out what you want to pack and get rid of, get the kids to help you organize a moving sale.  Let them know that the proceeds from the sale will be used for something for the family and everyone can vote on what that might be.  Whatever it is, the more invested the kids are in the goal, the more helpful they will be in organizing the sale.
  5. Research the new place.   Try to learn as much as possible about the new neighborhood, community and town.  Let your kid’s help you do the research and learn about the community organizations and groups, school and sports events and other community activities.
  6. Make plans for their rooms.  To get your children excited about the new home, help them plan how they can decorate their room.
  7. If you are able to, take the kids to the new home for a visit and check out the community also.  Visit the public library, local stores, schools, etc. to make them more comfortable with the idea of moving.
  8. One of the most difficult things about moving for any child is saying goodbye to friends.  You could lessen the anxiety by hosting a get-together with family, friends and neighbors.  During the party, make sure everyone exchanges contact information and takes pictures to keep as mementos.  Make arrangements for future visits depending on the distance of the move.
  9. Map the move.  Let your kids know exactly where it your new home will be on a map.   This is a good visual idea for them.
  10. Once you have moved, make it a point to continue to explore the community and learn new things.  Maybe you have moved to a historical town, make sure to check out any museums that might be of interest to the family.

This is an exciting time for everyone, but keep in mind, transition may be difficult so continue to encourage your children to express their thoughts and feelings and the adjustment will be easier.

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