Moving With Kids Isn’t Easy, But Let’s Make It Less Stressful
Are you moving your family? If the answer is yes, you have got to think carefully about how this is going to work. It’s one of those things that has got to be done and is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be happy about it. It’s not going to change facts though, so you have got to take the time to sort out a plan for how you are going to move with your kids without wanting to lose your mind every couple of seconds. Yes, it is possible, and we’re going to show you how. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more about this.
Keep Them Distracted With Fun
The first thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that you are keeping them distracted with fun. Ensuring that they have fun things to do throughout the day is going to save you a lot of headaches, and trust us when we say that you could really use the break. You can give them electronic devices so that they can watch something or play games during the time that a lot of the moving is being done. If you hire a moving company then you may even be able to relax yourself a little here as they will be loading up the van for you, giving you a little break.
If your kids are younger, you can also encourage them to run around the garden and blow off some energy before you get to the new property. It’s always exciting to be moving to a new place, and your kids are going to feed off of this excitement. They are going to want to see their new room, the new garden, the new kitchen and so on. Ideally, you want them to be exhausted when they get to the new house so that they don’t fight you during bed time, so keep that in mind. You might find that MoveDay Movers can also help you ensure moving day is a success.
Give Kids Jobs To Do
If you want to keep them occupied, give them jobs to do. A lot of kids feel as though they are left out of the moving process entirely, and that can cause them to act up when they are feeling down. You don’t want this as this is going to cause more problems on the day, so give them little jobs to do that you know they will do well. Think about some of the smaller things that can be done, maybe such as taping up boxes and letting them do this. Supervise them of course, just to make sure that nothing is going wrong.
You should also give them the task of sorting out their bedroom. Get them to go through all of the things that they have and choose what they want to keep as well as what they don’t want to keep. This way, they feel involved in the process, it gives you one less room to worry about, and they are not in the way of the other rooms for a little while.
Let Them Help Where They Want To
If they ask to come and help you with something that you are doing, and it’s not dangerous or fragile, let them help if you can. Find a way for them to be included in the thing that you are doing, as this will help them to get excited for the move. This will make moving with your kids so much easier, as you won’t have them fighting this every single step of the way. Having them involved isn’t going to hinder you in any way. If anything, it provides you with more time to spend with your kids while you’re going through what is usually quite a stressful time.
Ensure They Know Where To Be
You should make sure that your kids know what is going on, and where they need to be at any given time. Ensure that they know where you are going to be and where the other adults that they know are going to be, as this will help when it comes to the day itself. They will be able to locate the adults if they feel as though they need to, but they will also know where they should be to minimize the amount of stress that you are experiencing. Keeping them out of the way so to speak, will make your life a little bit easier.
You will know that they are safe and that they know to come and get you if there is an issue, but they also won’t be asking a million questions.
Always Have Someone Keeping An Eye On Them
Someone should always be able to see your kids if they are younger. Of course, if they are a little bit older and can look after themselves without getting into trouble then this is not necessary, but when they are smaller and need supervision more often, moving day is no exception. This might be a good time to ask one of your friends or family members to come over and keep an eye on them throughout the day. You’ve got someone you trust keeping an eye on your kids so that you don’t have to worry about this, meaning that you can focus on the other tasks that you have to complete that day.
If you don’t have someone that can come and watch the children, then you don’t have to panic. You can keep an eye on them by moving them around with you throughout the day, which is where those devices come in handy!
If They’re Too Young
If your kids are too young to help with the move, and they are also too young to keep themselves entertained while you sort things out, you should think about asking someone to look after them away from the house. Ask your parents or a friend to take them to their house while you get this sorted so that you don’t have your kids constantly clinging to you throughout the day. It will make the whole day that little bit easier, as you have one less thing to stress about.
Not only do you know that they are safe, but you also don’t have to worry about trying to keep an eye on them while you go through your huge checklist of things that need to be sorted.
When They Are Older
When your kids are older, they can help with the entire process. Above, we covered the inbetween age where they can do little tasks to help out, and we’ve just looked at when they are too young to do anything, but now we’re going to talk about kids that are in their teens. They can help with packing up boxes, and lifting if the boxes aren’t too heavy. When you’ve got your teens help, things will go so much faster and smoother as you have one more set of hands working with you. They will be able to consult the list of things that need to be done, and then start working on it, ticking it off as it has been completed.
If there is anything that you don’t want your teen to handle, let them know. Delegate them tasks that you do want them to complete, and don’t hover around them while they are doing it, they don’t like that.
Talk Them Through The Process
Finally, we recommend that you talk all of your kids through the process, no matter how old they are. Tell them that you are moving to a new property, tell them that this means all of the stuff in the home needs to be packed up and moved, tell them where you are moving to, let them know how the process works and so on. If they understand, they are going to be a lot more cooperative when the time comes around. This will make your life so much easier, ensuring that you can get through this day with as little stress as possible.
Answer any questions that they may have about moving day and the moving process as well as you can. Ask them if they want to help if they are younger, and see what comes of this.
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do in order to make moving with kids less stressful. We understand that sometimes things can get a little out of hand, and if you have kids constantly adding more stress to an already overwhelming day that it can feel like the worst thing in the world. Moving with kids is never going to be easy, but it doesn’t have to be one big catastrophe. It can be a lot simpler than people have found it in the past, it just means that you have to be organized. We wish you the very best of luck, and hope that your moving day goes as smoothly as possible.
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