Posted on: 11 June 2015
Job transfer--these two words strike fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. Moving with your kids is a big deal, and if the move includes crossing state lines, the announcement may be met with crying, protests, and a few temper tantrums (from you, not the kids). Take a breath. It will be okay. First, pour yourself another cup of coffee. Then, get yourself a pen and paper. It's time to get organized.
Packing with kids is like cleaning with kids. They like to "help", but it can sometimes lead to a lot more unpacking than packing. One of the easiest ways around this is to hire a babysitter or schedule a play date for them while you are packing. This is especially true if there are some things that they have outgrown and you want to get rid of.
In order to better organize yourself, pick a few days and times to work specifically on packing things that you know that they will want to have a hand in. For things that are out of sight and out of mind, go through them on days when your kids are otherwise occupied. For those last few special items in their room, such as favorite toys and wall decorations, let them help you place the items in a box. Encourage your child to decorate the box so that they know where their special stuff is. This can help them to feel more at ease in the new place.
On moving day, hiring a mover that specializes in long-distance moves can be a life saver. This will allow you to focus more of your attention on getting your child prepared for the move, instead of getting things into the truck. Have a friend come over, so that your child can spend a little bit of time with him or her before saying goodbye. This will give your child someone to play with, and you may even get some last minute packing help from the friend's parents. Just don't forget to show your gratitude to your friends and family for their help. Paying friends who help on loading day with pizza is always an appreciated gesture.
Perhaps the scariest part of moving with kids is the traveling. In order to help your kids make the most of this adventure, you could pack a portable DVD player and let them watch Frozen for 18 hours (or not). Seriously though, packing an assortment of movies, small toys or travel games, books, and snacks can be a lifesaver on a long car trip. Get a shoe box or other small container and fill it with surprises for the trip. Tell them it is their "Emergency Adventure Kit" and only let them see what is inside once you are on the road.
Once you arrive at your new home, take some time to let your family get their bearings. This may mean driving around the neighborhood to see what is close by, exploring the apartment complex on your bikes, or simply resting after a long move. Take your time unpacking, and let your kids help with decorating their new rooms. Take the time getting to know the new area as a time to become closer to your family.
You can do this. Get organized and stay positive. Moving with your kids can be hard, but by following a few simple tips, you can make a smooth transition into your new home.Share