Moving is always stressful, but it’s even more stressful when you’re moving with small children. Children who are experiencing a major disruption in their routine and having to adjust to a new home can be hard to deal with, but if plan ahead you can ensure that your kids are able to handle this big life change without tantrums or tears. The key to moving with small children is to make sure that you have planned for every contingency and to make sure that you do things like:
Get The Kids Involved
There’s no way to hide from your kids what’s going on. They know that their home and routines are being interrupted. So instead of trying to ignore what’s going on get your kids involved in what’s going on. Have them help you fold and pack clothes, or sort through toys to decide which ones to keep and which ones to give away. They can help pack their toys and label their boxes.
Pack A Go Pack For Each Child
Even if you’re not moving that far away having a go back or backpack for each child will be a lifesaver for you. In each bag pack the child’s two favorite toys, a blanket, extra clothes, extra socks, and any other items they can’t be without like a special teddy bear they always sleep with or a favorite pair of PJs. Also put their toothbrushes and toiletries in there too. That way when you get to the new house you don’t have to frantically unpack right away looking for a clean outfit or their special blankie.
Keep Lots Of Games And Activities On Hand
Keeping kids quiet and out of the way will be essential on moving day, so stock up on small puzzles, portable games, books, a sketch book and crayons, and any other activities and games that will amuse your kids during the move. If you can set them up at a portable table outside with their activities they won’t be in the way during the way but you will be able to keep an eye on them.
Travel With Snacks
Snacks are essential for everyone, but especially for kids. Pack a cooler with healthy snacks like fruit, light sandwiches, yogurt, and water and juice. Try to avoid sugary snacks or sodas because those will just give the kids even more energy. Healthy snacks will help soothe a hungry and cranky child and eliminate the need to stop at a gas station or drive-thru when you’re on your way to your new home.
Set The Tone
Remember that kids take their cues from you. If you are stressed out and frantic they will know something is wrong and they will be more likely to act out. If you keep your cool and act like everything’s fine they will feel secure and happy. Plan on some things not according to schedule so that you won’t get worried or stressed out when there are delays or other issues that come up. The calmer you are, the calmer they will be. With the right preparation and planning even a long-distance move with kids can run smoothly.