Are you and your family preparing to move in the near future? Although you may be excited about your new place and the adventure that comes with relocating, there’s no denying that moving with kids will be stressful for everyone. That is because, this is not temporary moving house that comes with remodeling.
When you factor in all the things that you have to do and add children to the equation, the stress only seems to multiply, especially if you have young ones. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to relieve some of the pressure and anxiety and make moving house an easier transition for all of you.
If your children are young, finding the time to pack up your belongings seems nearly impossible, as you’re always tending to their needs. Hiring professional movers, for this reason, can save you some time and frustration. This may entail some cost, but if it keeps you sane, then why not? It’s part of the expense of moving.
If keeping your kids occupied and out of the way during a move is going to pose an issue, it is best to call on the cavalry. Ask your family members or friends if they wouldn’t mind helping out by watching the kids for you. They can make sure the children stay out of harm’s way by keeping them a few hours while you pack, load, and transport your things to your new house.
Let The Kids Pitch In
If your kids are a bit older, you can reduce some of the emotional anxieties they might have about moving by allowing them to pitch in. Allow them to sort, organize, and pack their own belongings so they don’t feel left out of the process. They can also take care of the family pets, looking out for them, putting them in moving cages, and making sure that all the pet stuff are together.
They may have some things that they will not let go of but you think might become clutter in your new home. Take this opportunity of moving with kids to teach them how to segregate and prioritize. They will carry this lesson in their adulthood. It’s also a good time for spring cleaning.
Don’t Forget Entertainment
On moving day there is going to be a lot of hustle and bustle going on. As idle time for kids can lead to mischief and madness, it is best that you be prepared. Make sure you have something available to keep them entertained, like their favorite Pink Fong videos. Whether it’s books and their favorite toys or movies and games for the ride to the new place, the better occupied they are, the less inclined your children will be to get in the way or meddle with things they shouldn’t.
Moving with kids is a tedious process that will require your undivided attention for several weeks. In order to make sure that the move goes off without a hitch, it is imperative that you plan ahead. Hire movers for convenience, ask the family to help out, and even allow the children to participate in the process on some level to minimize the amount of stress you’re under.
Although all these ideas won’t eliminate all the stresses of moving house, these will certainly make a world of difference. Enjoy your new home!
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: