Even if it's just yourself, moving can be tough. Add children into the mix, however, and you've likely created a volatile combination. Whether it's making sure that a favorite stuffed animal doesn't get left with the relocation movers or that emotional confusion doesn't become too detrimental, there are many things to consider. However, some packing and moving tips can help make the the anxiety out of the process - for you and your children.
Take your time
Although there is an impulse to rip the Band-Aid off, so to speak, and get it all done as quickly as possible, there are many advantages to going slow. Reducing stress as well as cutting down on the possibility of forgetting something important are a few reasons why spreading the move over a few days can make a world of difference.
Have a meeting
Although the decision to move doesn't always directly involve children, it is unwise to leave them out of the process entirely. Giving the kids as much information as possible, as early as possible, will help them feel less powerless. They may not affect the larger decisions, but they can help out in some ways, and making them feel more empowered can only smooth the transition. Furthermore, filling them in on what to expect will help eliminate any unwelcome surprises.
Trim the fat
Rather than simply handing everything you own to the out of state movers, use this move as an opportunity to pare down your belongings. Including your children here as well can be a great idea. Now might be the perfect time to help get rid of some of those childish belongings or outgrown clothes.
While it is always nice to include your kids as much as possible, there will be times when you just need to place them under other supervision and tackle the project alone. Babysitters, friends or relatives can allow you to have the time you need to tie up loose ends. Employing the help of professional relocation movers is another great avenue to get some extra helping hands if you want to concentrate on the child-care duties.
Do some investigation
It's not a good idea to show up at your new home sight unseen. For dinner that first night, you'll likely be up for little more than ordering in a pizza. Locate the resources you'll need before you go, to make sure you can focus on welcoming your kids to their new home without worrying about the details.