Written by Alyssa Howard, Moveboxer.com
Baby on the hip, box in one hand and phone in the other – so, yeah, life is a little bit crazy right now. Moving with kids can be hard, especially if your children aren’t yet old enough to completely understand all the craziness that comes with relocation. But if you stay organized and follow these tips, you’ll get through the move with grace while still retaining that Mom of the Year crown.
Explaining what moving is
First of all, depending on how old your kids are, you may need to sit down with them and explain exactly what it means that you guys are all moving to a new house together. The younger your child, the more you will have to elaborate in the simplest terms possible.
Dealing with the inevitable acting out
Moving is a stressful time for everyone. Despite your best efforts to keep a positive outlook for the kids, it’s inevitable that some of that façade will crack a little bit, revealing the stress beneath the calm. Your kids will freak out if they realize you’re stressed, but they’ll likely throw tantrums anyway, with all the changes swirling around them. Try to level with them and assure them that it’s natural to be worried about all the new things happening but reinforce that it is also exciting.
Maintaining a normal routine
This is an especially hard one. Between showing the house, packing everything up and tying up all other loose ends, you’re bound to feel like it will be impossible to maintain the usual routine. But don’t despair! If you’re realistic about things, you can get everything done and drive everyone where they need to go – but maybe that means cutting out a soccer practice or two.
Keeping the kids entertained
When you have your hands full, the last thing you want to hear from your children is the dreaded, “I’m bored.” Avoid this conversation by packing a moving time kit that includes some of your kids’ favorite things to do, so they will be occupied while you do the heavy lifting.
Finding new schools and activities
Figuring out the right school for your kids can be tough, especially when you’re making decisions remotely. Try to schedule school tours when possible, and definitely look online at the state board of education rankings. This is also the time to use your network – ask friends of friends what their experiences with the schools are like.
Alyssa Howard is a writer for Moveboxer.com. Moveboxer makes moving easier. Moveboxer matches people up with reputable movers, provides a utility cancellation tool, helps people change their address, and connects people with mortgage, storage, boxes, supplies, and car transport.
December 9, 2013 – 11:06 AM - | Posted in DIY, guest post | 2 Comments »