Dealing With Stubborn Kids During The Moving Day
There are times when you must relocate your family irrespective of the odds standing in your way. During this time, your focus on weighty matters such as finding a reliable moving company, getting utilities in place and packing your belongings. However, children see the action differently. Their focus is on what they are going to lose because of the move. Some of their fears include losing the safe surroundings and their friends.
Children feel powerless since they cannot change your decision. Come moving day, and things go awry. The kids cannot take it, and they start throwing tantrums leaving you at a loss on what to do. To avoid getting angered and emotionally frustrated, here’s how to handle the stubborn little ones:
Encourage but not threaten the children
Kids desire to be treated like adults even when the situation does not warrant. Picture this, the crew that is to help with loading your items and transporting them to the new house arrives. As the caring parent that you are, you ask the children to get into a room and stay there until you say so. What transpires is a screaming match coupled with total resistance. That is the time they want to go and play with friends. Instead of fighting it, just acknowledge that they will play but as soon as all the boxes get loaded up.
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Let the kids express themselves
Even after breaking the news and explaining to your children that you will move out on a particular day, they do not take it well. The moving day is when reality hits a child, and they feel sad about their playmates the familiar surroundings. Assure the little ones that you understand their predicament. At the same time reiterate your undying love for them and that as soon as the hectic time was over, you would take them out for ice-cream or pizza.
Give them an exciting task
Take one of the small empty boxes and go with them to their bedroom. Show them how to pack toys and other things of value to them. Let them continue as you go to assist the moving crew. Make sure you go and check on their progress. Once they have finished, let them write their names on the labels. Give them crayons to color the stickers with colors of choice.
Give them snacks
Candy and sweets work wonders on kids. Neutralize their attempts to put up a fight with gifts of candy. Promise them that if they behave they can have their favorite bar. Keep your end of the bargain.
Moving with kids can be strenuous. When they become stubborn, they stretch your patience. Treat them well by being an encouraging parent instead of one who issues threats. Allow them time to state the reason for their behavior. Give an assurance that once all the chaotic activity cools off, you will take them for a treat. Finally, assign them tasks that will also involve the things they love like packing their toys.