The days where you had months to pack for your big move are long gone. In the fast-paced market that we are in, where homes are selling in less than 30 days, it’s important to be organized and ready. While you may be overwhelmed with purging and boxing up beloved items, don’t forget about how overwhelmed your kids might feel about the new change to come. Here are five tips for keeping your kids happy and involved with the move.
Keep Your Kids Included in the Process
Don’t keep your kids in the dark about this major life-changing event. They can probably sense change is on the horizon anyway. Disclosing your intentions and plans to move will help them properly process the idea of a change to their environment. The details you disclose may vary by age, but even a little will go a long way in making them feel included.
Create a Packing Plan
Sit down with your family and create a plan for how you will execute your move most effectively. Schedule individual packing days and times for each room and assign a family member to the task. Assign cleaning duties for each member of the family as well. Having a strategy ahead of time will help you avoid the last-minute scramble to mop floors or dust places you forgot about.
Maximize Your Quiet Time
Maybe you have a small child who still takes naps or an older child who’s in school. Trade in those quiet moments of free time for packing. This is also a great time to secretly purge any toys or items your child might be too attached to and won’t purge on their own.
Keep Their Essentials Close
Being in a new and unfamiliar place can be overwhelming for a kid. Pack their favorite toy, blanket, or item in an overnight bag so they have easy access to it when you arrive at your new home. Consider unpacking their room first so they can spend their first night surrounded by things they are familiar with.
Give Them Closure
You may be so focused on the logistics of the move that you may forget about the emotional attachment your child has to your current home. For older children, it’s important to give them time to say goodbye to some of the people and places they may be fond of. Do they have neighborhood friends? Maybe schedule one last party or sleepover. Do they have a favorite place to eat or shop at that you may be moving further away from? Give them one last outing.
You will set the tone for how your children will embrace the move. If you’re filled with anxiety, more than likely, your kid will be too. Make the excitement of moving to a new home a fun adventure filled with new possibilities for each family member.
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