There is no denying the fact that moving to a new place is stressful on its own. Add kids to the picture and you will probably find yourself freaking out and taking anti-depressants to ward off the chances of anxiety attacks.
Whether you are relocating to a new city or just moving to another area, you will have to do a lot of work. Prepping for the move can become very difficult while having to fulfill children’s needs. Also, kids are likely to give you a hard time when they learn about the move, because moving to a new area or city means having to say goodbye to their friends, going to a new school and above all, leaving their home. Many of times, kids ask for going back to ‘home’ after the move, by which they mean going back to the old place because it is often very hard for them to accept the idea of a new ‘home’.
However, there are certain ways to make this drastic change a little easier for them, and ultimately for yourself. Here are some tips to make the transition easy for your kids:
· Talk to Them
As mentioned earlier, the idea of leaving their house can be quite overwhelming for kids. To make it a little easier for them, have a family meeting, prepare or order their favorite meal, and talk to them in a low key environment. Tell them why and where are you moving. Tell them some things they should look forward to and make them see it as an adventure. Also, listen to their concerns and help them get excited about the move by showing them pictures of the new house or telling them about the park in the new area where they can go to play. If possible, take them for a visit to the new house and area. This will help to reduce their anxiety and emotional burden. Remember, children can be incredibly adaptable, if you know the way to handle them.
· Involve Them in the Process
Make the move exciting and adventurous by involving the children in the process by assigning them to complete small tasks, such as wrap certain items in bubble wrap, or to help labeling boxes. This way, they will not feel left out.
· If They are too Young, Pack When They are Asleep
If your children are too young to help, it is better to pack while they are asleep. This is because toddlers are likely to create a mess and may give you a hard time in packing their belongings.
· Start Early
With children around, it is very likely that things do not go as planned and you may not be able to stick to the timeline you prepared. So, it is always better to start early, so that you have plenty of time to complete all the tasks.
· Do Not Hesitate to Ask for Help with Children
Ask family or friends to look after the kids, if they are giving you a very hard time. They can either take the kinds to their home or to the park so that you can focus on the work without any disturbance.
· Hire a Professional Mover
Remember, there are no extra points or bonus for causing yourself extra trouble and dealing with more stress. So, have someone do the work for you and who can do it better than professional mover. Look for a reputable moving company, such as the U.S. Movers and Relocation, and let them do the manual work while you deal with your children’s emotions and prepare them for the move. www.usmoversandrelocation.com