Make moving easier (when you have kids) – because it’s hard enough as it is!

Tips for moving when you have kids - we sure need this with our upcoming move!

 

Moving can be scary and an unknown territory for kids. My family is currently in the process of moving and I want to share with you some tips that have been working for us!

 

1) Get the kids involved.
Don’t just send them away to their room or a friend’s house as you pack. Let them help! Turn some tunes on and have some fun. The kids can decorate boxes or pack some of their things (that you will undoubtedly have to re-pack at night, but hey, the kids are keeping happy and busy so it’s a win to me!)

 

2) Take lots of breaks.
The kids don’t understand why you have to pack, pack, pack, instead of play, play, play. Make sure to dedicate 15 minutes of every hour to the kids, even if they are “helping.”

 

3) Let the kids “clean” while you pack.
This is definitely a win-win. The kids are happy and busy and they might actually save you a little time. Or maybe not, but it will help them feel needed and it will improve everyone’s attitude. Tip: Have the kids use baby wipes rather than Lysol or Clorox wipes.

 

4) Get out occasionally.
Everyone needs to re-set. Seeing boxes all day long is exhausting. Get out, go for a walk, go get ice cream cones, or whatever your thing is. Just make sure it’s away from the house!

 

5) Pick a special surprise for when the move is complete.
Make sure the kids open the surprise gift at the new house. It will serve as a reward for putting up with such a difficult transition.

 

6) Involve the kids in activities near the new home to give it a positive, exciting vibe.
If the kids are able to make new friends or have any positive feelings towards the new neighborhood or town, it will greatly help with their adjustment.  Join a local club or even visit the local parks to get comfortable with the new neighborhood or town.

 

How to make moving easier when you have kids - a definite must-pin for when that time comes!

2 Responses to Make moving easier (when you have kids) – because it’s hard enough as it is!

  1. I wish I had seen this post prior to our move. I was 8 months pregnant and had a 2 year old when we moved. It was so stressful! Taking a break is key. Even if it’s only 15 minutes. Great info! Thank you!

  2. Great tips!! We just moved with kids and it was ROUGH! I told my husband that it was worse than pregnancy because it was weeks of misery, not just hours. lol I love the tip about getting out and allowing yourself some down time to reset. I wish I did that more!

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