The truth is, whether you use a moving company or not, moving is stressful.
Unfortunately it’s often our most precious cargo that receives the brunt of the stress: Our kids.
When you’re moving long distance you need to have a plan to make the transition as smooth as possible for your kids.
Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to make the change smooth for them.
Start by considering their perspective by putting yourself in their shoes. Much of the time kids have little say or autonomy over their lives. That’s rough enough as it is, but it’s even more challenging during a move.
Implement these three tips to help your kids during their transition:
- Involve Your Kids in the Moving Process
Talk to your kids about the plan. Involve them in the decisions, so much as it’s possible. When kids have a choice, even if it’s to pick from two choices you gave them, they feel more in control of their lives.
For example, you could give them a choice in customizing their new bedroom. “Would you like this color or that color?” This will reduce their stress and will likely make them more receptive to the upcoming change in their lives.
- Remember, Moving Long Distance Means Your Kids will Switch Schools
Remember how stressful going to school could be? Now consider your kids will be switching schools and will be the new kids on the block.
Remedy this stress by talking to them about the move and their new school. Assuming you’ve already chosen where they’ll go to school, tell them about it. Get excited and passionate about it! Your excitement and positive attitude will be contagious.
Show them the school’s webpage, and talk about the school mascot and things that make their school unique. Help them visualize their success and happiness at school. It’ll make them more comfortable, which in turn will make you feel better too.
- Settled In? Help Your Kids Make Friends
The moving company just left and you’re finally getting settled. What’s next?
Little is more important to kids than their friends. You remember being a kiddo and looking forward to time spent with your friends. Moving long distance means your kids will need to make new friends. The sooner they do, the sooner they’ll acclimate to their new environment and the happier your family will be.
Help them get involved in community activities. This is especially important if you move when school is not in session. Checkout the local library, churches, and community centers for ideas to get your kids involved. Before you know it they will meet similar aged kids in your new community. And who knows, you may even make a new friend too.
Is the time to move near? If you haven’t yet selected a moving company, consider Exodus Moving and Storage. Contact them today at 1-800-549-1488
Moving is a stressful time, no matter what stage of life you are in. But what if you are moving with kids? Relocating children and adolescence can be much more complex than moving adults taking its toll on their personal development and negatively affecting the dynamic of the family.
At Exodus, we work together like a professional family and togetherness and ease are very important to us. We work work hard to make certain that no detail is left to chance during a move so that our customers can have peace of mind during their transition. The following are some family moving tips to help you and your kids to make the most of your moving experience.
Set Up the Adventure
Explaining to children and teenagers why a move is necessary can be an important way to get them to understand the pending transition. Get them familiar with the new place, either through visits if this is geographically realistic or through pictures, online articles and or maps. Making your child or teenager feel like this move can be seen as an adventure instead of a disruption in life can be a very important start to the moving process.
Create a Fun Goal
Keeping in mind positive aspects of the new place you are moving to, it could be a good idea to set up a family outing or event for after the move is complete. It may be as simple as a picnic in a nearby park or as complex as a day at a new local theme park. By making the new place exciting and special, you will be able to create positive momentum in your family surrounding the move.
Get Involved and Stay In Touch
Moving can be stressful on already established friendship for kids and teenagers alike. By encouraging them to keep in touch with their old classmates through letters, phone calls or emails, you can make sure that they are able to feel connected in the midst of transition. It is also a good idea to allow your kids to get involved in their new home by participating local sports or music programs, YMCA event, or even in designing/decorating their new bedroom. These things may seem small but will make a big impact on softening the transition during your move.
The cross country move is hard enough, right? Well add children into this equation and it can become even harder and longer than you thought. As a parent you need to have and answer to the question “Are we there yet?”. The answer is: it’s a trick question. You keep the kids occupado whilst you are whistling your worries away in the front seat soaking in the scenery.
First, pack a special backpack for each kiddo. Make sure that it has their entertainment essentials: crayons, paper, books, toys, etc. Separation is essential, as kids need their space and their own stuff to call “mine”.
If you want to get the whole family involved, check out getting a children’s audio book on tape and even get the book that goes with it, so the kids can follow along in back.
Have some surprise goodies up in the front seat that you use as rewards for good behavior or just for killing boredom. Make sure not to give up the loot all at once, you’ll sure need it!
And most importantly, take breaks. And do it to your advantage! Stop in a scenic area and let the kids get out, stretch and play. Your train should be stopping every couple of hours at least to keep them happy and with enough potty breaks.
When traveling the most important factor to have in mind is to keep it fun!