Moving is stressful enough when you only have to worry about yourself, and it only gets more intense when you have a family included. Will everything be ready to leave your old place on time? Did you submit the change of address form? Are your kids set up for their new school? It is easy to get lost in the shuffle moving your life, and your family can become distanced from you with the stress. These kids are losing their friends, teachers, and favorite comforts; stay engaged with them, so you don’t lose them in the process as well. Prioritizing your family will make the transition easier for everyone. Here are some ways to help everyone adjust to see the big picture.
Give Kids an Important Job During the Move
Many young kids and even teens will focus on the fact that they are leaving. By giving them a job during the moving process, they have a new task to focus on instead. Kids also love feeling important. So let them be your assistant for moving day and see how their outlook on the day changes.
Involve Kids In New Decisions
Does your kitchen need a new color on the walls? How about a new rug in the foyer? Let your kids in on the decision. For example, narrow down your picks to a couple of favorites and talk about it with your children. They will have fun, and it gives them some control in their new environment, making for a better adjustment.
Explore Your New Neighborhood
Once all the boxes are inside, and the trucks are gone, take a break with a neighborhood walk. Your kids will love the chance to move around. Consider stopping at a playground for your younger kids. They’ll get the opportunity to associate the move with a positive memory and set this new adventure off on the right foot!
Consider Your Furry Family Members
Moving your family doesn’t just include humans. Animals can get stressed just like the rest of us. Check out these tips to accommodate your pets.