Keeping Your Kids Busy During The Moving Day
Planning for a move takes weeks of ensuring that everything is in place. For a fact, this is a very stressful phase, and you do not get enough rest until the team of professional movers arrives. Moreover, when you have kids, you must ensure that you keep them safe and busy on a moving day. You do not want a scenario where your little ones are getting in the way of the moving crew as they carry boxes to the truck.
Here are tips to ensure your children remain active on your moving day:
Tell or remind them
Perhaps you had told them as soon as you hitched plans to move houses. Remind them that the day you had spoken about, moving to the new home, has arrived. Inform them that in a few hours’ time, people from the moving company that you had hired for the job would be coming to your house. Since they will be curious to know, take them through what will transpire. Be brief and state your expectation on their behavior and where you would want them to be during the entire time.
Create a diversion
For toddlers, it can be dangerous for them to get in the way of the people carrying heavy cartons. To avoid exposing them to danger, assign one of the rooms as a safe zone. Choose one that has a few containers and other items. Give a few tasks like drawing pictures of mom, dad, their brother or sister.
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Seek assistance from relatives, friends or neighbors
Kids can and will slow you down during moving day. Request your closest neighbors if they could watch over your children at least for a day. Your friends or relatives living nearby can also assist. With the kids safely away, you can now focus on coordinating the loading of your household goods into the truck.
Hire a babysitter
Sometimes children, in their active state quickly finish the work you had given them. Naturally, they would want you to have a look and praise them for the excellent job. To avoid such a distraction, find a nanny that you could hire for a day to keep the kids’ minds away from the activity taking place.
Let your kids watch the pets
Your pet dog is part of the family. The kids can keep themselves busy watching it. Grown children can walk the dog around the block. They can also check on the cat by ensuring that it has enough food. Your neighborhood should be safe to allow children to walk.
Moving involves the whole family and children should not hamper moving day activities. Notify them that people will come to take away your belongings. Find a room where they can spend the day with a host of activities to keep their minds busy. Ask a close friend, neighbor or relative to stay with them as you sort things out. Seek a baby sitter’s assistance or assign them the task of watching over the family pets.