As the school year comes to an end, the start of summer brings "Moving Day" for lots of kids-and with it a multitude of concerns and unknowns. Every child two years of age or older, depending on the child's abilities and development, should take part in family discussions and help plan for the move. Expert advice on moving with children can help make the move a positive adventure for all and a true family affair.
Looking Forward To Your New Home
- If your children don't accompany you on a preliminary visit, take pictures of your new home and community.
- Research your new community so you can talk about the neighborhood, the house, the schools, local areas of interest, and the benefits your family will enjoy in your new home.
- Involve your children in plans to decorate their new bedrooms or play areas.
Leaving Your Old Home
- Let your kids tell the neighborhood that you're moving.
- Let them help plan for the care of plants and/or pets during the move.
- Help them collect contact information of their friends and neighbors (don't forget e-mail addresses).
Coping With Moving Day
- While packing and unpacking are in progress, consider having a sitter or friend watch your infants or younger children.
- Keep kids busy while helping them feel part of the move! Let younger kids color, put stickers on their boxes, or make box labels, so they can be immediately recognized among the plethora of boxes and be removed from the moving van.
- Prepare a "ready box" that is the last packed and first off the van. This box should be stocked with things you will need immediately upon arrival.
C21SmoothMoves.com offers parents tips on talking to their kids about moving; insight into how children might feel about a move; separate advice for moving during the summer and during the school year; and recommendations on how to make the new house feel like home. (www.Century21SmoothMoves.com)