Moving with Kids: Tips
When moving to a new home in the Birmingham area, you and your family are making a big transition. This is not only a big change for you, but your kids, as well. During the moving process, kids often experience a big disruption to their lives and everything that is familiar to them. However, Armstrong is here to help with a moving out of town checklist that contains tips for moving with kids and easing the transition. This simple checklist can help you lessen the stress of moving on your children and the entire family. Check it out below!
✔ Keep Your Kids Involved
With so many responsibilities to consider and tasks to complete, including coordinating with your movers, it can be easy to overlook the needs of your kids during the moving process. It is important to keep your kids involved whenever possible. Allowing them to participate in the smallest tasks can help them feel better about making the transition to their new home.
✔ Some ways you can do this include:
- Having the kids host a yard sale
- Letting the kids help choose paint color options
- Repurposing packing material for fun (i.e. making a small playhouse out of boxes)
- Allowing the kids to pack some of their own moving boxes
- Letting the kids place fun stickers on their boxes
✔ Host a Goodbye Party
Kids often become fearful about moving to a new neighborhood and leaving their current friends from school. You can help your kids through this transition by hosting a “goodbye party” at your old home that includes your kids’ neighborhood and school friends.
✔ Minimize Change
- Keeping the amount of change to a minimum can help make it easier for your kids to adjust to a new location. As you move into your new home, try keeping things the same by doing the following:
- Setting up the kids’ bedroom furniture the same as it was in their old home
- Maintaining the same morning routines
- Maintaining any other family routines that help the kids feel the familiarity of family life at their old home
✔ Pack a Moving Day Bag
Have your kids pack a moving day bag for the move that includes their favorite toys. Smaller kids may want to pack their favorite stuffed animal, which often provides a sense of security and can be comforting during a move. Some of the other packed moving boxes may not be unpacked for a week or longer, so it is important for your kids to have some of their most meaningful possessions easily accessible in their moving day bag.
Parents can also add to this practice by packing their kids a special moving day bag as a surprise with a new toy, game, and/or snacks for the long trip to their new home!
By using this home relocation checklist with tips for moving with kids, you can help make your new journey a more enjoyable experience for your kids and the entire family.