Written By: Laurie Malseed, Franchisee
Moving with kids can certainly add to the long list of moving stresses and I’m not claiming to have all the answers! However, I have moved a time or two (or eight) with kids and twice across country (while pregnant). I’m really not sure how we did it to be honest, but it’s just one of those things that you have to do, so you do it.
Thankfully, we were always able to use professional movers!
Planning A Move With Kids
The key to any monumental undertaking (such as moving with kids) is planning. As early as you can, sit them down and talk it out. Depending on the age of your children this can be easy/exciting, or it can be hard/devastating. My children are still 5 and under so they’re pretty much up for anything!
Plan for whatever direction you think the conversation will go. If you’re faced with devastation, make sure to leave plenty of time to talk it out, and plenty of time to process things before you pack them up.
If your children are young, have them practice writing and memorizing their new address and phone number or learn some facts about your new state or city!
Because my children are young, I always purchase a few books about moving early on in the process and we still read them today because they remind us of the bittersweet moments we experienced as a family during our relocations.
Books About Moving
“We’re Moving” by Heather Maisner
“Boomer’s Big Day” by Constance W. McGeorge
“Big Ernie’s New Home” by Teresa and Whitney Martin
“The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day” by Stan and Jan Berenstain
When Moving: Be Spontaneous
There are several things from one of our long-distance moves that my kids will always remember (and they’re pretty young!). Riding in the moving truck was definitely one of them. Some of the others included, but were not limited to, drinking “blue juice” aka blue PowerAde, singing “We are the Champions”, and a last minute detour to the Grand Canyon!
Make Moving a Memory
As you can see moving can be a lot of fun! Why not document your time in a simple notebook or album? Include pictures of your old home and your new one. Prompt the kids to do a drawing of what they want their new bedroom to look like or to paint a picture of your family in front of your old house.
Just remember, even though there’s a lot to do try to slow down and take in these precious moments. Surely this will lessen some of stress that comes along with this life-altering event!
Getting the Kids Involved in the Move
Recently, I did a segment on The Living Dayton Show highlighting some tips, and games for getting the kids involved with packing and preparing them for the big day. You can view the segment by clicking the picture below!