Moving With Children
Tips to make moving less stressful and more enjoyable for your children.
If you're planning a move with small children, it's important to keep in mind that this is a new experience for them, and it can feel overwhelming, confusing and even scary. Here are some tips to reduce stress and help put your children at ease during the move:
- Explain what "moving" means and try to discuss it as a family as often as possible before moving day. Address your children's concerns and answer their questions as openly as possible.
- When you begin packing, encourage your children to help by packing and labeling their own special box of special toys and keepsakes.
- Stick to your normal routine for as long as possible.
- Children thrive on routines, so keep to your normal routine as much as possible until you move
- Once in your new location, get your children involved in the same sports and activities.
- Keep the meltdowns to a minimum. Don't pack favorite toys or books. Keep these items easily accessible until moving day, and let them accompany your family on the move.
- Take a family trip to the new neighborhood and point out new places you'll be able to explore.
- Alleviate worries about leaving a familiar, comfortable space by explaining to your children they will have a new bedroom/playroom to decorate however they'd like.
The more you discuss the move with your children, and the more you include them in the process, the less stress they will experience when moving day finally arrives.