Dealing with the details of your move is likely stressing you out, but your children are likely stressed out as well. Although they don’t have to worry about coordinating a schedule or working with residential movers, leaving a familiar home behind can be very scary for children.
It doesn’t have to be! With a little forethought and effort, you can prepare your child for the big move. With these tips, you may even be able to get your children excited for the move!
Explore Your New Home
What is familiar is no longer scary, so the more time you can spend exploring your new home and the surrounding area, the better. This is easy if you’re not moving very far, but there’s plenty you can do even if you’re moving halfway across the country.
Take pictures of the new home when you tour it so the kids can see what their new rooms look like. Do some online research and learn about their new school, area parks, and fun things to do. The more you familiarize them with their new surroundings before they move, the more likely it is that they will feel at home when they walk through the door.
Throw a Party
Before the household movers show up to pack and transport your belongings, throw a going away party! Let your children invite all of their friends so they can give them their new address.
If a going away party seems a bit too stressful for you, consider a housewarming party instead! If you’re not moving too far from your old home, friends and family will likely be willing to make the trip. If you’re moving far away, throwing a special party with streamers and balloons for your family can set the tone for the new home.
Let Them Be in Charge of Their Own Stuff
Some of what makes moving seem so scary is the appearance of not having any control. Even though your children can’t control the home you buy or the area they’re moving to, you can give them a bit of control over their own belongings.
If your child is very young, ask them to help pack up some of their favorite things in a box that can be opened as soon as you arrive at your new house. If your children are a little older, they can help you pack all the belongings in their room. Give them stickers and markers so they can decorate and label their own boxes.
Choose a Bay Area Moving Company That Makes Moving with Kids Easy
Choosing the right Bay Area Moving company will make moving easier for your whole family, especially when you choose one like Mont-Rose Moving Systems that has experience moving families of all sizes. Give us a call today to learn how we can make moving less stressful for your whole family!