Moving away from familiar surroundings can be exciting, but there are plenty of things to consider—especially if you have children. Whether you are moving long-distance, out of state, or internationally, there are a few things you can do to make this change easier for your little ones and set them up for success.
Include Your Child in the Moving Process
How involved your child will be in the packing and moving process will, of course, depend on their age and ability. Even if you have a toddler, try to find creative ways to include them. Children adapt better to change if they take an active role in the process.
Here are some ways you can include your children:
- Writing Practice: If your child is old enough to write, you might be surprised by how much they enjoy being the label maker. The result might not be pretty, but it should buy you time to pack.
- Little Helper: There are lots of decisions that need to be made, and you don’t need to make all of them! Your child can help decide which toys should be donated or what essentials they’ll want to be set aside for moving day.
- Make It a Game: Have older kids that can handle some more packing on their own? See if you can introduce some friendly competition to motivate them. First one to pack two boxes gets a special treat!
No matter what including your kids looks like for your family, doing so will help make this transition smoother. When children feel like they have some control in a situation, it becomes less frightening.
Get to Know Your Child’s Learning Style
Finding the right schools for your children is important because every child has different educational needs. Understanding the type of learning your child prefers will help you identify which school will be a good fit for them.
For example, try to observe your child when they learn something new. Do they get a better grasp of it when they hear something? Do pictures help them understand faster? Identifying how they interact socially is also worth considering when looking for a school near your new home.
Explore After-School Programs & Sports Teams
Involving your children in after-school programs can be helpful for them to enhance their social skills outside of a school setting. Look for programs such as the Boys & Girls Club of America, YMCA, or Police Athletic Leagues—any of these can help your child grow socially and build a new group of friends.
Know the Local Parks & Recreation Centers
Local parks and recreation centers are also vital to your family’s well-being. One, they are inexpensive places to play and bond with your kids. Two, having somewhere for them to explore might make move smoother. At the very least, having space to play will help them think more positively about the changes, if they had not yet already.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Moving with children can be challenging. One of the best ways to keep your stress levels low and avoid tantrums is to know when you need help. This will look different for every family. It might be as simple as hiring a babysitter to keep an eye on the kids during moving day. Or you might need someone to handle all of the packing and unpacking for you. Affordable Quality Moving and Storage is here to help take the burden off you with our comprehensive moving services.
Our moving company has helped families make the biggest decisions of their lives gracefully since 1996. We want our customers to enjoy their moves by giving them time to dream big—while we handle things like packing, storing, and moving.
If you need someone to help make your move as smooth as possible, call (661) 622-2636. Our award-winning team is committed to delivering an unmatched level of customer service.