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Moving Day Tasks for Your Children

When it comes to moving with kids, it’s important to include your child in the decision making process, planning, and home finding trip. Hopefully, breaking the news and preparing for your move went smoothly. But today, I’d like to Moving Day Tasks for Your Kidsoffer some tips on specific responsibilities to give your child during packing and on moving day.

Participation in these key events helps to make kids feel responsible and vital to the experience as a whole. Before I get started though, I realize that there are some children who may not have quite jumped on the moving bandwagon no matter what efforts you put forth. To keep children who are upset and possibly negative about the move safe and out of harm’s way, it may be best to leave them with a family member for the day. Otherwise, check out the following “jobs” to give your child and choose the ones the best suit their age and personality.

Packing

  • Ask your child what he or she would like to do. Does he or she want to participate and help? If they are excited and want to help out, teach them how to properly pack certain items and let them work beside you.
  • Turn the process into a game. If your children are young, tell them to choose which toys will “stay awake,” until the move and which will “take a nap,” as a way to pack up their room(s). This makes packing up their belongings easier and less scary for them.
  • Let your child inform your friends and family of your change of address. Even if you have already done this, let him or her write letters to the people in their lives letting them know how to stay in touch. This task will not only keep them busy for a while, but will also feel meaningful.
  • Have your child design a personal “seal” for his or her boxes. Each time a box of their belongings is packed, let them draw the seal on it. This makes the process more fun for your child and gets them involved in the move.

Moving Day

  • Let your child be a great host. If you’ve hired a moving company, have your child offer water or snacks to the moving crew. Not only is this a form of participation, but the crew is sure to appreciate it too!
  • Children make great babysitters for pets. Pets can often feel jumpy and scared during the hustle and bustle of moving day. Ask your child to keep them calm. This may seem like an easy task, but it’s actually really important. If you don’t have somebody else caring for your pets on moving day, it’s best to keep them occupied and out of the way to keep them safe. Your child will most likely be more than happy to spend a few hours cuddling and playing with their furry friend.
  • Have your kids pack a “survival kit” for the day. Snacks for the car-ride (or plane/train/etc.), magazines, books, video games, whatever will get them through the trip to the new home. Most likely, these things have been left out as your last minute packing items anyway.

Remember, moving can be tough on everybody involved, but it doesn’t have to be. Including your children in the process is a great way to get them on board with your decisions.

What other jobs can you give kids, of any age, to do during a move?

Important Tips for Moving With Kids

 

Important Tips for Moving With KidsMoving is a big life change for everybody involved and it can be easy to get wrapped up in your own head and your own to-do list. While it is important to stay organized, prepare, and remain calm for yourself, it’s even more important to keep your little ones in mind during the entire move process. In all honesty, there is no one answer on how to handle moving with kids because every child will react differently to the idea depending on their age, their social life, and their perception of the situation. Some will be excited about a new house, a new room, a new school and new friends. But, more often than not, kids struggle with the idea of leaving everything they know behind to start over somewhere else. So what can you do? Below are four important tips for moving with kids.

Seven Tips for Moving in Winter Weather

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Don’t Forget! 5 Often Forgotten Moving Day To-Do’s

Don't ForgetIt’s moving day! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you’re movers are going to arrive any moment…are you ready?

Most people only move once or twice in their lifetime, so it’s normal that moving day is a mystery to a lot of people. No matter how prepared people are, there are always some issues that are bound to come up. So, how can you guarantee a smooth move? Don’t forget the important stuff. Below are five things you should do on moving day.

Moving Day Tasks for Children

Moving with ChildrenA while ago, I wrote a post about how to tell your children about moving. I discussed how important it is to include your child in the decision making process, planning, and home finding trip. Hopefully, breaking the news and preparing for your move went smoothly. Now, I’d like to offer some tips on specific responsibilities to give your child during packing and on moving day.

Four Tips for Moving with Children

Moving with ChildrenMoving is a big change for everybody involved. Though it can take its toll on the decision makers themselves, the reaction of their children is often harder to handle. The truth is, every child will react differently to the news that they are moving. Some will be excited about a new house, a new room and new friends. But, more often than not, kids struggle with the idea of leaving everything they know behind to start over somewhere else.