We are surely not the last, and definitely not the first people to tell you that moving is stressful. However, moving with your kids is a whole other thing. Not only do you have to plan and organize your move, but you also have to work on your relationship with the family during that move. Given the fact that relocating to unfamiliar surroundings can never be an easy task, especially on children. However, don’t fret! Mod Movers California are here to help! There are a few things you can do to make moving easier on your kids.
It is our hope that you will by the end of this article look back upon the time you worried about moving with your kids with a smile, and not a frown and butterflies in your stomach. So without further adieu, let’s start.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail”
…is a quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln. And, nowhere does it ring more true than when talking about making your moving experience easier on your kids. The idea is to create a strong foundation on which your relocation can be successfully built. Something solid to stand upon, so to speak. So here’s a list of things that we recommend that you do before you start moving with your kids.
Make moving easier on your kids by talking to them.
While we understand that talking to your kids about moving might be scary, we strongly recommend that you do just that. However, the keyword here is talk. Do not try to lecture them about why you are moving, do not try to convince them that moving is the right thing to do, rather ask them questions and let them answer. Listen to them. Try to understand their point of view. And of course, help them understand yours. Make them feel comfortable, and make sure that they understand that everything will be a-okay. But most importantly of all, explain to them that you will always be there for them. No matter the location. This not only serves as a good exercise for relationship building with your children but also helps you and your family process the whole experience as well.
Let your children in on the move
Research suggests that moving can have a huge impact on a kid’s mental health. However, what scientists also found out is that engaging your kid in the moving process helps them with the anxiety. For example, you can ask them to help you pack. Teaching them how to exactly pack and what to pack in which moving box is a great relationship-building experience. However, we also recommend that you be mindful of your behavior before, during, and after the move, as children are great at picking up on those things. So, if you feel anxious, worried, or angry and are expressing it in any way shape, or form, they will be sure to pick that up!
Make sure to pack the “essential bag” for your kids
Of course, we recommend that you have a bag full of all the essential things your kids are going to need the first day you arrive at your new home. Here’s a couple of suggestions on what you might want to pack (of course the nature of the items might vary depending on the age of your kids)
- First-aid kit and the obligatory medication.
- Clothing for the first night. That means stay-in-home clothes as well as pajamas.
- Toys, video games, laptops, computers, consoles, and every and any other plaything your kid enjoys.
- If you have a baby, things like diapers, breast pump, breast-feeding pillow, formulas, baby food, etc, should, of course, be on top of your list.
Aside from the essential bag for your kids, we also recommend that you pack an essentials box yourself. While this might seem like an unnecessary step, trust us it is not. We have seen a lot of people lose their cool, just because they didn’t pack the things they are going to need in a separate bag before they move.
Don’t forget to make moving easier on your kids, after you move as well!
Some people think that after you have finished planning and moving, the actual moving experience is done. Well, it isn’t. Especially, not for your kids. For example, imagine moving to Pebble Beach from California. You have hired Pebble Beach movers, you have relocated successfully and now all that is left for you to do is kick your feet up in the air and have a cold one, right? Wrong! You want to make sure that you make your kids feel comfortable in their new home! Help them acclimatize, and get to know the surrounding area. How do you do that? Well, here are a couple of tips.
- The first step in making them feel comfortable is by letting them explore the new house on their own. You can do this in a number of ways. From fun creative little ways like playing hide and seek, to just letting them process it on their own. Whatever you decide make sure you are there for them for whatever they feel like.
- If you have a small child you definitely want to make sure that you stick to a routine. Things like the same feeding and sleeping time are key here. However, not only just that but you also want to make sure that you are hitting those timelines consistently. This is exactly what will make your baby feel safe and secure.
- And last, but not least – have fun and enjoy your new home. If you like it, we are sure your kids are going to love it too!
Instead of a conclusion
It is our hope that you’ve found this article helpful. If you want to find out more tutorials and how to’s make sure to check out our website for more, and by the (off) chance you are looking for furniture movers California, definitely give us a ring. We’ll even throw in a moving quote free of charge!