How To Make Moving With Kids Easier
Of all the hard things parents have to deal with during a move, the hardest one has to be incorporating the children into the moving process. Unlike adults, most kids take moving personally and think you are yanking them away from their friends and school. This can cause a bit of tantrum throwing and other crazy behaviors. Though it is impossible to completely avoid such emotions, here are some tips on how to make moving with kids easier:
Tell your children about the move, early enough, so they have time to process the ordeal and deal with the emotions. Be sure to talk to them and help them through that phase and if possible pay a visit to the new house so they can see it’s a good change. Maintain a positive attitude about the move and constantly talk about how amazing the new place is so the kids can catch on too.
Maintain a routine
Though you will be very busy packing and taking care of other things a few weeks before the move, try to maintain a routine with the family such as dinner time, naps, play time and others. Disrupting the kid’s routine can cause more stress to them as their bodies struggle to keep up.
Take your time
While it is recommended that you take 6 to 8 weeks to prepare for a move, you need even more time when you have kids. It is very common to pack up a box while your toddler is unpacking at the same time. Packing with kids will take longer and you need patience so take more time than the usual 6 weeks.
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Moving makes children feel out of control which makes them react negatively. To help them feel like they are a part and parcel of everything, involve them in every aspect of the move from selecting house colors, packing, choosing their rooms and even house hunting if possible.
Get some help
Dealing with demanding babies while you are packing and coordinating a move is simply impossible. Get yourself some good help in form of a friend, relative or a nanny who is good with the kids so they can be take the stress off your hands even for a while.
Spoil them with treats
Children should remember moving time as a fun and exciting period when they got to have special things they don’t usually have. Though it’s important to maintain discipline even in the phase of such an emotional event, you can bend the rules a little when it comes to snacks and food. Let the kids indulge in more playing and food items that they love at least for those two days so they can stay excited.
Moving with kids is no walk in the park and you will face many challenges along the way. The important thing to remember is that you cannot do it without the help of some friends and a great moving company.
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