Moving is nerve racking and adding kids to the situation, will make it a difficult challenge to deal with. It might be thrilling to experiences a new neighborhood but, little people with an enormous amount of energy can leave you a bit drained.
Truth be told, I thought to move with two kids was something worthwhile and I learned the hard way. I"d never thought that children would also fall prey to the stress of moving and I did my best to keep my sanity.
Today, I"m going to share some tips (based on my experience) that would help you survive moving with kids.
Let the kids participate during the process.
Children can get tensed and emotional during a move as they would have no choice but to leave friends and other precious memories behind. To make it easier for them to let them join in during the decision-making process. You can let your kids go to open houses to check the new home or even help pick the neighborhood they want to settle in.
Another fun idea is to let them choose their room colors – if you plan to do some renovations on the new house. You can also let them pack their things in their boxes. Let them decorate their boxes which can give them some fun and less stress for you.
Purge old toys in secret.
Your children might have a huge collection of toys that they rarely played with and this would just take too much space in the moving truck. You wouldn"t want your new home to be hoarding with that mountain of toys. What you can do is donate or even sell them for some extra cash. But, never do this when your kids are awake. You"d end up dealing with meltdowns and a lot of hours trying to keep yourself sane.
Get some reinforcement.
Considering you have some kids to tend to you might need to hire some help or go DIY if you"re a superhero. If it"s possible, you can seek the help of a moving company to help you get some packing done or move that heavy furniture down the stairs. There are several movers in Jacksonville, and you can ask for in-house estimates to check which suits your overall budget.
While you"re taking time packing your items in detail, it"s important to keep your kids busy and entertained. You can ask your family, friends or hire a babysitter just give yourself some time to organize your stuff.
Have fun and unwind as soon as possible.
It may take some time before you can unpack everything on your new house particularly if a long distance move is involved. You can chill out and relax with your kids as they try to adapt to the new environment. Take this chance to de-stress and feel more comfortable about the whole ordeal.
Unpack your children"s stuff first.
Children would feel uncomfortable at a new place, and an excellent way to help them settle down is to surround them with familiar objects from your previous home. Set-up their room as soon as possible to keep them happy and you would have more time to unpack the other boxes.
Let your kids spill out their emotions.
Moving can be painful for children as they would be far from what they got used to. Talk to them and let them express their feelings. You can eventually let them mingle with other kids in the neighborhood by setting up a playdate.
The first few weeks can be tough, but once your kids get the hang of the new place, everything will go okay. Remember to reward yourself and your children for surviving the whole process!