Tips to make moving with kids easy
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Relocation is difficult for adults of any age. So if you are struggling with the prospect of moving at the ripe age of 40, imagine just how much trouble your pre-schooler is having. Unlike you, they don’t understand the reason behind you having to pack up your home and move to a different location. All they know is that they will be saying goodbye to everything they have known so far. And don’t even get us started about how difficult it can be on the adults. After all, you will be dealing with packing your boxes and a screaming child – at the same time. But feel free to take a sigh of relief – we here at New Leaf Moving Group Florida have a few tips that will make moving with kids easy. Well, as easy as possible.
Have an honest conversation with your kids
Having an upfront conversion will be much easier if your kids are older. However, just because you have a five-year-old doesn’t mean you should leave him/her in the dark. So once the decision about your local or long-distance move has been finalized, organize a family meeting. Explain why your family has to relocate and try to adjust your explanations to your kid’s age.
Don’t feel like you have to lie by saying that everything will be butterflies and rainbows. It’s completely okay to let your kids know that the period ahead is a tough one – but you can all get through it as a united front that you are.
As a parent, you should also be prepared for the occasional tantrum that’s bound to follow. Instead of punishing your kids for lashing out in the grocery store, show that you are composed and patient. After all, this residential move is difficult for you – but it’s three times as difficult for them.
All hands on deck – the way to make moving with kids easier
Admit it – your first instinct was to keep your kids as far away as possible from all the relocation tasks. That’s completely okay – after all, your first thought is always to protect your young ones. However, this situation is best handled if the entire family is involved in the process. That being said, you will not exactly expect your three-year-old to help you gather packing supplies. But you can definitely expect them to pack up their toys, or decide which items from their room should not be relocated.
The trick is to entrust your kids with those tasks that are suitable for their age. What this type of approach will do is help your children feel less powerless and, instead, believe that their voice is heard. Which it should be, either way.
Hire appropriate help
Finding a Florida local moving company you can trust might not be enough when moving with kids. At least, it won’t be if your goal is to make the process as easy as it can be.
To make moving with kids easy, you need to look into two different types of assistance!
- Professional packing services – can you imagine how much easier your move will be if you don’t have to worry about packing your fragile items or your bulky furniture? You will have more time to spend with your kids and ease them through the process.
- Childcare services – unless you have a family member who is willing to take over the complete care of your kids on your moving day, you really need to pay for professional childcare services. Knowing your little ones are safe is of utmost importance.
It’s really true that it takes a village to raise kids. But trust us – it also takes a huge number of people if you are trying to move with kids and keep everyone safe and sound in the process. And, of course, avoid the loss or damage of any of your items.
Let your kids decorate their new room
It goes without saying that you won’t let your four-year-old make any crucial decisions about the decor of your house. But you can certainly let him/her pick out the color for the walls of their room, or tell you which way they would like for you to rearrange the furniture.
By feeling involved in the process, they will think less about the upcoming relocation since they will be swept up in the excitement. It’s also important to mention that you should unpack their room first. It will be much easier for you to unpack every room in the house once your kids are nestled into their safe little harbor.
Shop for school supplies to make your move with kids a bit easier
If you have a school-aged child, it goes without saying that one of the first things on your to-do list should be transferring their school records. Once that part of the job is finished, the fun part awaits – taking your kid out for a fun day of shopping. Whether they need new notebooks, pens, or snickers, let them indulge in the exciting day in front of them. This will be the perfect opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your child, as well as take their mind off the prospect of relocation.
The operative word is patience
We can’t stress enough how important it is to have patience with your child during this time. Moving is difficult for everyone, but it is especially challenging for kids. Don’t just think about what you can do to make moving with kids easier on you – think about what you can do to help them. Only when the entire family is happy and healthy will all of you be able to have fun and savor this unique experience that’s coming your way.