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How to Make Moving With Kids a Good Experience

How to Make Moving With Kids a Good Experience

Thursday, July 06, 2023

Moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure, but that is not to say it isn't stressful. Many studies show that moving is one of the most stressful life events ever. Pile on moving with kids, and you are in for a special kind of experience. 

Children are wonderful gifts but may not always understand or adjust well to major life changes. Now and then, a child may welcome change, but that is often not the case. As a parent, you want to ensure that your kids not only adjust well to the big changes that come with moving, but also enjoy the process.

Sure, moving is stressful, but we know a thing or two about moving and have some strategies and valuable tips to make moving with kids a positive and memorable experience for the whole family.

How to Make Moving With Kids Better

1. Involve Your Children

One of the best ways to calm your children's nerves is to involve them in the moving process. Be honest and transparent about the move and what the circumstances are behind it. This will need to be done in age-appropriate language, but still, children understand far more than we believe they do. 

Children are almost always truth seekers and can sniff out stress and anxiety at the slightest shift in the home’s vibe. Waiting for the right time will only elevate their stress, so instead, be upfront and honest with your child as things are happening. Not only will this help alleviate fears, but also make them feel like they are a part of the decision instead of being forced to deal with major changes. 

Of course, some sensitive topics may need a more delicate touch. Financial stress or personal matters may need a little more thought, but at the end of the day, your children deserve your honesty.

Another way to involve your children in the move is the actual moving process. Give them jobs and allow them to pack and organize their things. Not only will they come out of their rooms with a sense of pride that they helped, but it will also give them a job to do while you focus on the bigger-picture items on your task list.

Putting your children to work planning the decoration of their rooms can also make children feel as if they truly have agency during the moving process. Allow them to pick paint colors and pieces of furniture to fill their new room. Of course, this will need to be done with direction, but it can be a great tool to make moving enjoyable for them. 

2. Explore Your New Neighborhood Together

Children are natural explorers. By taking them along for a ride around their new neighborhood, they can begin to visualize their new life in a new place. Allow them to safely visit parks, schools, and local attractions. Make a map together of all of the unique things that their new neighborhood has to offer.

This will help familiarize them with their new surroundings and build excitement about the upcoming change. Additionally, involving them in choosing a new home can help them feel more invested in the process.

3. Routine! Routine! Routine!

With children, routine is everything. Moving can disrupt daily routines, which can be disastrous for children. 

During a move, it is important to hold routine sacred as much as possible. Stick to regular meal times, bedtimes, and activities. Consistency will provide a sense of stability, which will help your children feel more secure during the moving process.

4. Join Local Civic Organizations

Getting your children (and the rest of your family, for that matter) involved in the local community is vital to ensuring that a move is worthwhile. Seeking out social clubs and civic organizations that interest your kids can help get them involved and feel more at home. 

Some examples of civic groups to look out for include:

  • 4H:  4-H is a youth development organization that provides young people with opportunities to learn and grow through hands-on projects and experiences. The "4-H" stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health, representing the four core values that the organization aims to instill in its members.
  • YMCA:  The Y is an institution that has been around since 1844. It is a worldwide organization that focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. 
  • Rec-League Sports: After-school sports are a great way to get your child involved in the local community. From baseball to soccer, your local Department of Recreation should have plenty of opportunities to get out and have fun.

5. Connect With Other Families

In conjunction with joining local civic organizations, finding other parents with children in the same age bracket as yours can be very helpful in socializing your kids in their new environment. Everyone needs friends, and playgroups and library gatherings are great ways to get your children out there. 

6. Get a Library Card

Speaking of library gatherings, go ahead and get yourself and your children set up with library cards. Libraries are often the center of a strong community. Not only are there gatherings where you and your children can make friends, but they are also a great place to discover the history of your new neighborhood. 

Check out the local section for more information about your town. If your kids are at their reading age, get them to put together a project describing the town's history as well as their place in it. Additionally, enroll them in the book club or summer reading program so that they can further their education while making new friends in a low-pressure environment.

7. Create New Traditions

Moving to a new place offers a unique opportunity to create new family traditions. Embrace the change by establishing special rituals or activities that are unique to your new home. Whether it's exploring local hiking trails, having weekly family movie nights, or trying out new local cuisines, these traditions will help your children develop a sense of attachment to their new environment.

Appalachian Movers Transport

Moving with kids doesn't have to be a stressful experience. By involving your children from the start, maintaining routines, and creating a positive atmosphere, you can make the moving process an enjoyable adventure for the whole family. 

At Appalachian Movers Transport, we understand the importance of a smooth transition, and we are committed to providing you with expert moving services that alleviate the stress of relocating. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in making your move a successful and pleasant experience for your entire family.