Friday, March 8, 2013

Can't Miss Tips for Moving with Kids

Moving your home with young children can be hectic, to say the least. Here are some tips that will help take the stress and hassle out of moving as a family:

Before The Move:

Tell your kids where you are moving and why.
Make a list of the benefits of moving that your children will be able to understand.
Use maps and pictures as illustrations to make the move more concrete.
Involve your child in planning his/her new bedroom. Draw pictures and include them in the process

During the Move:

Have your children create a special mark or symbol for the boxes containing "their stuff." Whether it's stickers or a drawing, this will allow your children to feel involved in the move.
Pack a special bag to carry with you to your new home containing your kids' favorite toys and activities so they will have access to most the important items right away.
Bring snacks.
Unpack the kids' bedrooms first so that they can go to sleep while you stay up organizing your new home.

After The Move:

Plan a family welcome ritual for your new home. 
Resume daily routines, like mealtime and bedtime as quickly as possible to provide consistency.
Help your kids feel comfortable in their new bedroom.  
Explore your new neighborhood together. 
Take the initiative in introducing your children to new friends, but make sure to keep in touch with people from your old neighborhood.

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