The process of moving can be a complicated one even if you don’t have children. There are a lot of logistics involved and you need to adjust to being in a new neighborhood, or possibly a new city, state, or country. If you do have kids, you’ll have to explain what is going on and what they can expect.
Make an Easier Transition for Younger Children
There’s nothing like having to do something big like a household move without understanding what’s going on. However, there are a few methods you can use to help a younger child get the idea and have an easier time.
- Stories: It’s a good idea to use picture books that talk about families moving. This will show them in a relatable way what the process is going to be like.
- Packing: Talk to them as you’re putting their toys, books, and clothes into boxes and bags. Let them know that they will only be put away for a short while and then they can be put in similar places in their new home. If old enough, they can even help you pack a few items before the household movers in Collegeville arrive.
- Make slow changes: Try to keep as many of the same pieces of furniture and other items as possible. You may want to throw out a bunch of their toys that they’ve outgrown or that worn-out chair, but this may be even more of a shock to them if you also take away familiar things.
- Get a babysitter: Have a family member or your child’s babysitter stop by and spend a little time with your child while you’re packing and/or getting started moving things to the new house. This is especially a good idea for the big moving days.
School Aged Children
Moving and changing schools is a huge transition, especially if your children are in the younger grades. They likely will have some worries about the school and if they’ll make friends. Have a discussion after gathering some information about the school, the schedule, and what they can expect there. You can talk about fun things that they’ll appreciate, such as a playground that’s a bit different and what kind of subjects and activities they have at the new school.
Teenagers have somewhat of a different experience when it comes to moving. They probably have established friend groups of people they’ve known for years, which may make moving more of a challenge. Assure them that you’ll help them stay in touch with their friends and plan visits if you aren’t moving too far away.
After the Move
It’s likely that things are not going to feel normal for a while after you move. Help your child get to know the new neighborhood and city by walking around and pointing out interesting things and attractions. Try out a new restaurant or cafe, and go around to a store or two the first week. Even if you don’t make friends right away, it’s good to establish a routine and find a favorite place where you and your children feel comfortable in the new neighborhood. No matter your children’s ages, bring them to their school. Meet your younger children’s teacher(s) and let your child know you’re just a phone call away if they get nervous or have a problem.
Let Us Take Care Of The Move So You Can Take Care Of Your Family
A household move can be stressful for anyone, but it’s especially difficult for children. Help make it a bit easier by using the above tips and consider hiring residential movers in Phoenixville. Contact O’Malley Moving Services today to request assistance.