When you’re moving with kids, you probably already know that there’s a little extra work involved for mom or dad. It doesn’t have to be a huge, stressful ordeal for the whole family, though – use these 17 tips for a stress-free move.
- Explain the whole process to your kids before the big day. If it will help your little ones, try reading some moving-related books together.
- Include the kids when you pack. Even if they’re young, they can help you wrap things in bubble wrap and sort out their toys.
- Don’t rush. When you’re under pressure, the kids feel it; that means you should start packing and making arrangements early so you don’t feel pushed to get things done quickly. (Besides, who can do anything quickly with kids underfoot?)
- Pack a special bag of toys and things to do. A new backpack or overnight bag can be a lot of fun for a little one, especially if it contains his or her favorite belongings.
- Save special toys for last when you’re packing. Make sure you label it (and all of the kids’ boxes, for that matter) very clearly so you know exactly which toys, clothes and activities are in each.
- Try to find a sitter for at least a few hours a couple of days before you move. You’ll be able to tie up loose ends and your kids will have a welcome diversion.
- Pack a cooler with healthy snacks and, if you’re up for it, a few not-so-healthy snacks. Hungry kids are crabby (just like we are), so making sure they have munchies will go a long way.
- Try to keep to familiar routines. Naturally, some things will have to change with the move; however, try to keep bedtimes and special family times the same.
- Keep a special box for “comfort” items. You should definitely take your time unpacking, but it’s a good idea to put up familiar things as soon as possible in your new home so your kids can begin feeling comfortable right away.
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