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Whether you’re moving across town or to another continent, kids can complicate the process. Both the logistical and emotional factors of moving are amplified when children are added to the mix. If this is something you’re considering or facing soon, here are some ways to make it easier on the whole family:
Include Your Kids
Children have the largest amount of behavioral issues when they feel like there are too many things beyond their control. One way to help them to gain coping tools for this is to make them an active part in the whole process. For older kids, take them with you to help choose a new home, and take their input seriously. Spend time with all your children planning their new room, showing them the fun new things in your neighborhood, and making the move a fun adventure to share as a family.
Highlight the New Benefits
Spend time dreaming together. Does your new neighborhood have a playground or pool nearby? A bike trail? Make plans to create new family activities centered around the move so that it becomes a step up for the kids.
Get Help for Everyone
When time comes to pack and move, get help. If you have younger kids, this means hiring a babysitter or getting a family member or friend who will spend time with your kids while you work on packing and cleaning. Some of this can be done in your old home and around you, but the caregiver should be able to recognize when the child is getting stressed at the new state of the home, and prepare to take them somewhere that is either familiar, or that will distract them, depending on the personality of the child. For parents, one thing to speed the process and make it smooth for them is to hire a professional mover. This will likely allow them more time to comfort their kids during the move.
Be Aware of Special Items
From their toy chest to family photos to a special dish that they always eat from, it’s important to ensure that all of the irreplaceable valuables make it to your new home and do so intact. One good way to do this is to ensure that your moving company has a safe way to track and protect your items. Technology has made this easier for some companies. According to Affordable Moving Company, a Chicago, IL moving company, protection of items is key. As their website explains, “Our company utilizes a fleet of 13 trucks to cater to the needs of our customers and has over 100000 sq. ft. of warehouse space complete with a bar-coding system security systems sprinkler fire suppression and climate control systems to handle your storage.” Consider looking for similar local innovations in your own neighborhood.
Kids are very versatile, resilient people who can handle big changes like a move. The ease with which they cope, however, depends on the attention you pay to their needs, and the example you set for them. The more you plan things to be seamless in your move and cognizant of their needs, the easier the trip will be for everyone.
Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.