February 20, 2013 1:35 pm
Let’s be honest, moving is stressful no matter what. But, there’s an extra layer to worry when kids are involved. Luckily, kids are extremely resilient and adaptable. They’ll be fine once they get through the initial adjustment period. But, we wouldn’t just let you hang out to dry until then! This week, we have 6 tips to ensure that you and your kids come through your move with flying colors.
Have A Family Meeting: Breaking the moving news can be a big deal. Order a couple pizzas or cook a favorite meal, but make sure that everyone is convened in the same place. Be honest: share both your excitements and anxieties relating to the move, as well as preparing the kids for what to expect during the moving process. Give each child a chance to do the same and reassure them that their concerns are valid. Just remember to end on a positive note, framing the move as a new, exciting opportunity.
Give Everyone a Job: No
one wants to feel like the whole process is happening without them. It’s up to
you to make sure that everyone feels included. Give each child a job that is
age appropriate – assembling boxes, labeling, organizing items. Don’t be afraid
to make a game out of it, so at the end of the day everyone feels accomplished.
Clean Out Clutter: Moving is a great time to get rid of unused clutter. Have a garage sale beforehand. Make it clear that any money from the sale will go towards a treat related to your new home. It can be the bigger TV everyone has been wanting or a trip to the amusement park in your new city. Help each child go through their things and decide what they would like to get rid of. If this process gets tough, remind them of the reward.
Stay In Touch: One of a child’s biggest concerns about moving is a fear of losing friends. A goodbye party is a great way to ease these fears with a celebration. During the party, you can collect friends’ contact information and make plans to have weekly phone calls or send postcards. Just be sure to follow through once you get there.
(Pro Tip: One fun activity is to have each guest write down or draw a favorite memory, then share it. After the party, you can collect these memories on a board or in special box so that can be brought to your new home.)
Stick To Routines: It can be tempting to slack off on things a bit while in the midst of moving chaos. But, children are creatures of habit who feel more comfortable with things they know. If their location is in flux, it’s very reassuring to remind them that everything else will remain the same in their new home. Stick to those familiar bedtime and time out routines n matter how crazy things get. And, don’t forget to maintain regular rewards as well!
Become a Tourist: This, obviously, is especially necessary if your family is moving further than just down the street. It’s important to make your new location feel like home as quickly as possible. One easy way to do this is to explore the new area. Make it fun, go on adventures. We guarantee that you’ll feel more comfortable in your surroundings and so will the kids.