Moving With Kids: How To Plan
When relocating or shifting to new place children always give a hard time eventually making this event a stressful experience. At times, it is advisable to leave kids at distant relatives’ place or with your friends but when you are alone in your neighborhood and you must do everything all by yourself, then things get tough. So, plan and strategize your moving intelligently. Decide what can be done before and what things are required to be done on spot. A properly planned and strategize movement process would eventually reduce fear, stress, and anxiety for you.
To guide you more and provide assistance, we have summed few ideas that you would benefit from. We have summarized the article in three sections
Things to do before moving:
One thing you need to do before moving is to assemble, strategize and pack. Prepare extensively with boxes, newspapers, padding, bubble wraps and adhesive tapes to securely pack everything. When kids are involved, it is advisable to pack everything beforehand. The earlier the better because when kids are around everything gets delayed and hassling. Here’s how you can manage:
– Talk to your children: Discuss with your children what moving is all about, make them aware of new people coming in to shift, big trucks, and lots of packed boxes around. Listen to their questions and answer them. Answering their questions will make them less impatient about the whole relocation process as they would be aware of what’s happening around already. You can also tell stories of your childhood moving experiences to help them realize that this is normal and everything will be okay.
– Control your temperament: You need to stay calm to make your kids calm. If they see you all in anxiety and tensed emotions regarding the moving process, they will pick your emotions and would trouble you more. Therefore, eat well, sleep on time and don’t stress out overall shifting process.
– Packing can be made fun: Bring colorful boxes, ask them to paint packed boxes and decorate them for enjoyment. This will not only keep them occupied but will also give them an opportunity to play while packing. You can also teach them how to pack their clothes, toys etc, which would also keep them interested towards packing and thus you will undergo an easy shifting process.
– Explore your new neighborhood with your children: Motivate your children to inquire and research about the neighborhood they are moving into. Whether there is any park or not, how are the streets, can they play in the garden etc. This will also ease out the process as when they move to the new house they would be familiar with the surroundings.
– Read books and increase excitement for your kids regarding moving: One way to motivate children regarding moving process is to make them read books. All sorts of books are available online and in stores with positive stories of moving process. This will also reduce their anxiety and sadness related to moving to a new location with all unknown surroundings.
On the day of moving:
When everything is ready, boxes are packed, furniture is ready and moving company is hired, make a list of things that you need to do on a moving day. Sleep well one night before and pack things for the first night in your new home that you and your children would need making the entire relocation process more organized and settled. All essentials of babies and children should be packed so you don’t forget anything in the end. Some of the things that you can make a list of are as follows:
– Diapers/Baby Wipes/ Baby towels
– Extra clothes for children (Including bodysuits, pajamas, socks)
– Handy eatables (snacks, chips, biscuits)
– Milk bottles (extras are preferable)
– Moving friendly stuff toys and play items
– Medications for you and your children (In case of emergency)
– First-aid box
– Extra bags and pouches
– Small pillows and blanket
– Stroller, carrier, car seat and much more
When you move make the first night comfortable for them. Don’t make them sleep alone otherwise, they would get scared. Familiarize them with their used to bedding, stuff toys, and instantly children will feel like home.
After you move:
Slowly settle in with your kids. Don’t expect them to adjust immediately likewise you have done. They would still be scared and uncomfortable in the new background they have recently shifted in.
– Introduce them to neighborhood kids: Introduce them to the new house, making them aware of where the rooms are. Take them out and introduce them to your neighborhood and their kids. Show them what things they can do while living there for example: climbing on the tree, making a tree house, gardening etc.
– Take them to park: Take your children out on the first evening of your new home and let them play around in the new park. This will help them adjust more and they would slowly start accepting the new house.
– Help them unpack: Make your children involved in your activities. Help them unpack, let them play around with boxes. Allow them to organize their toys and clothes. Let your children enjoy the unpacking process.
– Let them decide: Let them decide how they want their new room to be like, allow them to choose room color. This will also help them in building more interest.
Hopefully, if you keep these things into consideration your moving process won’t be so lonely, troublesome and challenging for you while handling your children.
Good luck and happy moving!