There is always an exciting element related to moving, but it can also be a source of stress for most people – especially children. Kids may experience academic challenges, decreased self-esteem, and even separation anxiety due to a move. In addition to working with your child's current and soon-to-be teacher, considering therapy options, and keeping communication lines wide open, there are a few small things you can do to make the process of moving more enjoyable for the kids and turn, less stressful for you. Try one or more of these ideas:
Ask for Some Help
A great way to take your child's mind away from feelings of insecurity is to ask them for help throughout the moving process. This will give them a sense of control over the move, and ensure that they feel like they're an intimate part of the move. There are a variety of ways to get your child involved in a way that they find fun and you find helpful including:
- Pull out the crayons and ask for help decorating your packing boxes.
- Make your child in charge of packing their own room – turn it into a game by providing a color-coded box and asking for specific things to be packed in it. For example blue labeled can be reserved for stuffed animals, and red labeled boxes can be used for books and art supplies.
- Ask your child to play with the pets in a closed room while you pack up the bulk of your stuff.
The idea is to get your child involved in a way that makes them feel good about the move, and in a way that ensures you aren't stuck repacking boxes before all is said and done.
Get Some Professional Help
One of the best ways to make the move easier on everyone involved is to hire professional movers to do the heavy leg work for you. Once your boxes are packed, they can do the rest so you and your family can have a nice time traveling to the new home. You'll have a chance to stop for lunch and do something exciting, like visit the zoo, while your movers get your belongings to the new house.
Once you arrive at your new home, your stuff should be there waiting to be unpacked. Make sure to pack a "first night" box your movers can leave by the front door of your new home. This box should hold bedding, dishes, and other things you'll need for convenience during your first night in the new place.
These are just a few tips and tricks that will have a positive effect on your family's move. It's a good idea to take the time to make a list of small things you know your kids will appreciate before, during, and after the move (like a new comic book or some time to talk) and keep it in your wallet or purse for emergencies.
To learn more, contact a company like Walsh Moving & Storage.