Kids should do the packing
Of course, you shouldn’t expect that your children can take care of the whole packing process. But, they can be assigned with a few smaller packing tasks. That way, they’ll be involved in the whole operation. They’ll feel better about themselves and they’ll help you move quicker. Give them some boxes and let them pack their belongings. Instruct them on how to pack their stuffed animals, board games, and books. Make sure to assign them with tasks a few days before the move since their attention can differ from time to time.
Prepare by drawing a map
Your kids will go easier through the transition if they’re well informed about all details. Go ahead and draw the map where you’ll connect the old and the new house, so your little ones can see where you’re headed. This effort will help them to decrease their stress levels. If your move is a long distance one, let them check the new place via Google maps. This game will help them to adopt the idea of moving and they’ll start learning geography.
Make some memories
A good way to keep your children busy during the moving day is to assign them to a project. Instruct them to use different media sources to document the move. Encourage them to write a journal, or take photos and videos of all activities tied to packing and moving. Once you’ve settled at your new home, and feel nostalgic, you can go ahead and watch those materials. By documenting the moving day, you’ll make some valuable family memories.
Visit the new home
Abstract ideas and places can be stressful for kids. In order to relax them a bit, organize a test trip to a new house. That way, your little ones will get valuable info about their future. If they know where they’re headed, there’s a good chance they won’t get bummed about leaving the old home. Take a walk around the new neighborhood so your kids can see that they can have a great time there as well.
Get some help
There’s nothing bad in accepting help from your friends and wider family. You don’t want to be exhausted after the moving day. Hiring experts like Your Mates Removals from Sydney can ease the job while you and your family work on packing. If there’s no one available to watch your kids on a moving day, feel free to hire a babysitter to keep them busy. The babysitter can take them somewhere else (playground, the zoo etc.) until all moving preparations are done.
You need a closure
Leaving the old home behind isn’t easy at all. You’ll feel a bit sad, so imagine how your kids will feel about everything. Because of that, it is very important to have a closure. During the last week in the house, let your kids do everything that was forbidden by then. Let them ride their scooters across empty rooms and halls. Make those days unforgettable by organizing the final game of hide-and-seek for the whole family. There’ll be a lot of smiles and the move won’t look that bad as it could.
First night in the new home
The first day in a new home should be something that everybody will remember for the rest of their lives. Make sure they have positive thoughts when thinking about it in the future. The empty house with a bunch of unpacked boxes can be stressful for your children. In order to avoid the bad atmosphere upon arrival, get rid of all the rules. Go ahead, order or make a pizza and set up a camping site on the floor of the living room. Kids will be surprised by this turn of events and will make some great memories on the very first night.
As you can see, moving doesn’t need to be a nightmare. The above tips on how to make moving less stressful should give you a good start. If you are innovative and packed with positive energy, you’ll be able to do all the work while keeping your family amused and stress-free. Those efforts will repay in the years to come since your kids will learn that change can be something good. All positive memories they earn while moving will help them to adapt better in the future. At the end, they’ll learn that spending time with the family is more important than anything else.
Leila Dorari is a freelance writer and self-improvement enthusiast from Sydney. Currently, she is spreading the word on useful tips and tricks that can help travelers enjoy exploring every bit of our planet. In her spare time, she is either window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.
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