Lots of families are moving this time of year. Moving is stressful under any circumstance, but when you have young kids, it can seem impossible. You may recall a post I did called “Selling Your House When You Have Kids.” In it, I talked about ways you could keep you house ready for showings and keep your kids occupied. Today I am sharing some of my favorite tips for Moving with Young Children.
Moving with Young Children
Involve Kids in the Moving Process
The more involved kids are in every step of the moving process, the easier it will be for them to adjust. Work on ways to keep the kids busy and happy while everything they know is being packed up around them. Involve kids in the house hunting process and they will be super excited to move to their new house – eventually.
A great way to get kids involved is to let them help pack. Lets face it, not everything is fragile or in need of heavy wrapping, especially if you are just moving across town. When you come across items that are not fragile, let the kids help to pack them. This is so fun for them and you get free moving help!
Spend Time Outdoors
One way to keep little ones busy and out of the way in a chaotic house is to head outdoors. If the weather is nice where you are, then they can play in the yard or you can all head to a park. If you have a family member who can take them to the park that is a double win since it will let you do those last minute chores around the house. Along the line of getting kids out of the house, you can arrange playdates with friends and neighbors. The kids will enjoy being in a house that is not in a state of change and they have familiar friends to play with.
Pack an “Open First” Box
It doesn’t matter if you are moving into your dream home or staying in temporary housing until you find the perfect place, you are going to need a few things on hand that you can unpack first. Try to focus on items that are small and easy to pack or that can be used in a variety of ways. This way the kids can be entertained when you arrive at the new place and are trying to get settled. A craft box with glue, paints, beads, pipe cleaners and buttons work well. Add some paper, crayons and stickers and you’ve got the possibility for hours of fun. Play dough is another great item to take along since there is so much you can do with it.
Don’t Forget to Say Goodbye
Even if your kids are young, they will probably be sad about leaving the only home they can remember. Take some time to say goodbye to the house and recall special memories. But make sure to also spend time talking about all the fun things they will do in their new house.
Make Time for Traditions and Routines
Finally, this is a perfect time for the kids to remember that your family and your traditions remain no matter where you are. What makes a home is not the building but the people. If you always say Grace before a meal, don’t stop now. If you have a special bedtime routine, keep it up.
Have Something Special at the New Place
One way to get kids eased into a new place is to have something special there waiting for them. Maybe it is a new stuffed animal or a book. A subscription box like KiwiCo works well as kids will get a new one each month. Every month your child will receive a box that will focus on a particular theme like Colors, Dinosaurs or Gardening. KiwiCo offer a variety of projects ranging from crafts, imaginative play, science experiments and more. It is the perfect way to keeps kids busy – while unpacking.
If you have moved before, you know how frantic those last few days before a move can be. If you are going to be moving with young children, it can be challenging but totally doable. You got this!
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