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Moving with Kids – Tips on Relocating with Your Children

Try to imagine what would be your reaction if someone attempted to eliminate your favorite daily routine – for example, drinking morning coffee – in just one day. You probably would be infuriated. So, now you can put yourself in your child's shoes after you told him about moving. Yes, moving with kids is usually very frustrating. Children consider this as a deprivation of their freedom and the lifestyle they have had so far.
Whether you are going from the state or the city because of a job, a better place for living or other personal reasons, the chances are you’ll be overwhelmed with stress and worries during the relocation period. As a parent and an adult person, you are concentrated on the practical side of moving. But your son or daughter will have a feeling that they are leaving their whole world behind. So, that’s why you should try to make this process easier and amusing to them.
4 tips to help you prepare your kids for the move

Prepare Your Child for Moving a Few Weeks Earlier

The most convenient way to ensure your family’s peace and harmony during this stressful period is to discuss the event a few weeks before. If you are capable of speaking with them a month or two before the date, the results will be much better. Because kids are creatures of habit, the more they’re involved in this episode of their lives, the more smoothly they will accept it.

Here are some tips on how to help your child cope with moving anxiety:
  • Inform your kid about your intention to relocate to another city or country, and speak about that matter as naturally as possible
  • Be careful with teenagers and try to explain to them that relocation is the best choice for their future life and education
  • Have patience with your children's habits and emotional attachments to particular stuff in their room. Maybe you think about them as unimportant, but those are their personal things and most often they have enormous significance in their life 

Moving Should Be Fun for Kids and Family

Many parents avoid packing with their offspring, and they want to finish it as soon as possible because of the prejudice that kids would distract them from this work. But the truth is that they will feel as though they are undesirable, which will further boost the stress of relocation. So you can let them pack their own belongings while giving them a little help.
Provide duct tapes in different colors and label the boxes together. Girls can use a red or rose tape, and boys blue or green. Maybe you can set rules for certain things to be in a particular color. For example, the toys should be labeled with yellow duct tape and school supplies and books with green. Also, you can ask your kid to invent a game that will include the packing process.

Make sure your toddlers remember relocating as a playful and funny period

Create New Games Inspired by Moving

You should start communicating with your daughter and son about relocation in a smooth and fun way, without waiting for the last minute. Thanks to that, there are high chances they will readily accept that day. Use your imagination and create a story explaining the move and engage in storytelling every evening before bedtime. Also, you can buy some new toys to improvise the whole relocation situation. To painlessly say goodbye to old rooms and parts of the house that kid was emotionally attached, you may do a daily routine of parting with them. 

Don’t Make the Most Common Mistake When Moving With Kids

Depending on how old your son or daughter is, you must consider their opinions and feelings about relocation. Avoid making significant and drastic changes during the move, like getting your youngster used to the toilet or accustoming it to a bed instead of a crib. When it comes to younger children, use a strategy of packing their toys while they are sleeping. You can leave one box full of toys, so they have something to play with. And leave it till the very end. This method will ensure peace in the home.
They won’t be able to play with toys all the time, so you need to go the extra mile to entertain them. Kindly ask your friends or relatives to do that while you’re emptying your home. The best option is to take them to the park, zoo, or in the cinema, as that will leave you with an empty home.
When packing, you should prepare a separate suitcase for each family member. For children, the best solution is a small bag, something like a backpack, with a lot of pockets. They are great places for their toys and all supplies which are easily accessible during the trip.
The crucial thing for long-distance moves is finding as much information as you can about your future state or city. Find out where your toddlers can take part in different activities and how far is a school or kindergarten from your new home.
The youngster should have their own rucksack with plenty of pockets for their toys and supplies

Useful Advice for Parents of Teenagers

If your child is a teenager, he or she probably has many concerns and you should hear them out and respect their worries. It's common for teenagers to revolt vigorously against a move.
If they feel like you are ruining their social life and separating them from all their friends, you can always say that move is a kind of a tryout for future changes (like college or job).
You can visit the house for the first time with your teenage kid and let him or her choose their room. Also, show interest in his opinion about decorating the living room or choosing the right wall colors. They should feel like an important part of the relocation and be excited about it, because that could accelerate the process of familiarization with the new environment.
Teenagers are very sensitive and you must hear what they have to say about the relocation

Let Your Adolescents Pack and Storage Their Old Belongings

Maybe you think that your change of address is an excellent opportunity to get rid of the old furniture or unnecessary items, like torn or broken toys. But you will soon realize that it is not so easy. One of the more useful tips is to let your child bring whatever he or she wants to the new home – maybe an old bed or scratched chair. This stuff will help to overcome the shock of a new environment.
Whatever is the reason for your relocation, you should let professional movers do the hardest part of this process. This period of your life shouldn’t be marked with problems and headaches, especially when moving with kids. With our exceptional skills and dedication to our job, Cross Country Movers is a reputable and experienced company that offers moving, packing, and storage services to all customers while also responding to all complaints and inquiries with attention and accuracy. Look no further and give us a call today and receive a free quote!

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