Moving is already difficult, but adding children into the mix can bring on a whole new level of stress. If you (or your kids) are feeling a little overwhelmed about the process, we're here to help. Our eBook features over 450 ideas to help you navigate your move—and it's free!
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Before You Move
No matter how old your children are, it's important to include them in the moving process and let them make a few decisions of their own.
Don't Tell Younger Children Right Away
Because younger children live in the present, they might not really understand the concept of moving. It's best to tell them about a week or so ahead of time and address any questions as they arise. Consider buying some picture books about moving or have them think about it as a game.
Share Plans with Your Older Children
If your child is old enough to understand what moving is, it's best to inform them of your plans as soon as possible. This way, they'll have plenty of time to process the change, ask questions, and say goodbye to friends.
Be Honest with Your Teenagers
Teenagers will likely be more affected by a move than younger children. After all, they might have part-time jobs, social commitments, deep friendships, and more—and it can be hard to adapt to sudden changes. It's best to be honest with your teen about the move, include them in your plans, and help them find solutions to their problems.
What to Do Before You Move:
- Create a sense of teamwork: Giving your child age-specific jobs will help them feel like they're contributing to the move—and it can help you, too.
- Have kids pack their rooms: Having each child pack their own room creates a sense of ownership, and it can help them have a special role in the process.
- Pack their space last: If possible, wait to pack up your kids' bedrooms and playrooms. That way, they'll feel more secure throughout the move and will still have somewhere that feels familiar to them.
- Make moving fun: If you make the process fun, children may feel more excited about moving or packing. Consider creating a diagram of their new room and make paper cutouts of their belongings so they can "pretend" to unpack.
- Visit your new home: If possible, take your children to their new house so they can scope out the space. If the home is too far away, consider filming a video tour or taking lots of photos to include them in the process.
On Moving Day
Moving day is already a stressful time—and it can be even more difficult when kids are involved. Here are a few helpful pointers.
Leave Younger Children with Loved Ones
Younger children might have a hard time handling the stress of moving day. It might be best to leave them with a babysitter or a loved one until all the chaos has died down.
Have Older Children Help Out
Older children will probably want to be included on moving day. Give them a special job, such as unpacking their own bedroom or playroom, or have them help you with a bigger project.
Give Your Teen a Specific Job
Giving your teenager special responsibilities on moving day will help them adjust to the big change. If they're the oldest, they can serve as a leader and assign jobs to their younger siblings.
After You Move
It's important to keep an eye on your children after you move, too. Here are a few ways you can check up on your kids and help them through this tough transition.
Stick to a Younger Child's Routine
Younger children usually have pretty set routines, and it's important to keep things as normal as possible to help them adjust. If they have a set snack time, nap time, or bed time, be sure to stick to them. Now isn't the time for even more change!
Check In with Older Children
Older children might have a hard time adjusting to new schools or making friends. As you navigate this transition together, take some time to check in and keep an eye out for abnormal habits. If they're becoming more withdrawn, crying often, or feeling angry, you may want to talk with a professional counselor.
Let Teens Visit with Friends
If your teen is able to drive, let them hang out with their friends and visit the old neighborhood. If you moved further away, consider planning a yearly trip or inviting their friends over for a weekend sleepover.
Ready to Navigate Your Move?
Moving with children might seem difficult...but it doesn't have to be! The CindyD Team has plenty of resources to help you out, and don't forget to check out our free eBook for more tips. Have questions? We're only a phone call, email, or text away.