Setting your kids up for a successful transition begins even before moving day. Check out these tips and tricks to create a smooth moving day for your children, and get them started on the right foot in your new home.
Read Books Together
Before the big day arrives, visit the library to check out some books about moving. Young children learn through stories and imaginative play. Tales about other kids who have successfully gone through a move shows them what to expect and how they may respond.
Pack a Special Bag
Grab your kiddos and have them help you pack a special moving day bag just for them. Include favorite toys, games, stuffed animals, snacks and their toiletries. This bag can help them stay occupied and provide comfort throughout a chaotic day.
Make Child Care Arrangements
If you have family or friends in the area who would be willing to let your child spend the day with them, take advantage of that set up. Then you know your child is safe and happily occupied, allowing you to focus on everything else going on.
If you have time and the budget, consider getting a few new things as surprises for moving day. They don’t have to be elaborate. A new coloring book and crayons could provide an hour of entertainment for your child. A new book from their favorite series would be an exciting and educational activity for the day. These little pick me ups can help clear away some of the angst from the day, too.
Focus on Their Room
When you arrive at the new house, focus on your child’s room first. Setting up their room will help them feel at home and settle quicker. Remember to get their input on furniture location, décor and where they will store their belongings.
Be Accepting of Emotions
Spend plenty of time discussing your child’s feelings before, during and after the move. Let them know that a full range of emotions are normal. Don’t encourage them to suppress them or minimize their feelings. This is another area where reading stories together about moving can help. Book characters show your children that other people go through the same emotions when facing a move, and that it’s OK to express them.
Stick to Your Routine
As wild and crazy as moving day can be, do your best to keep your child in their normal routine. Plan meals at the same time and work in their normal nap if at all possible. And don’t forget the snacks! Take some time to think about how your day will go, and make plans for what your child will be doing throughout.
Put some extra effort into your planning, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how smoothly a moving day with kids can go!
Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.