In a previous blog, we discussed several strategies for making a move easier for kids. At any age, a move can be stressful for children, as it is potentially disrupting to their normal routines. The adjustment period should absolutely be validated for kids, but in complete honesty, they are usually not the ones making seemingly endless lists of to-dos, packing every room of the house, and making all the arrangements. This is ultimately left to the adults, which is a situation that has immense potential to be overwhelming. Moving on its own is tough, but having the responsibility of kids on top of everything can add to the challenge.
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Make a list, and then another one.
When we think of everything we have to do at once, it can feel borderline insurmountable to accomplish. Write down a list of everything you need to get done, without having any order or rhyme or reason. Essentially, your first step is just making a note of everything that needs to happen before move-in day. Once you’ve got everything down, start to organize and prioritize. What items on your list are going to take the longest? Which are time-sensitive? Where will you need help, and what order is going to make the most sense?
Your first list is kind of a draft, a chance for you to get everything on your mind out onto the paper. Your second list is where you start to make sense of everything, and make your to-dos into something cohesive and feasible.
Consider what your kids can handle.
If you have very small children, someone is likely going to need to watch them on moving day. You’ll have enough on your plate as it is, and since younger kids need more supervision, figure out what that process will look like on moving day, and what makes the most sense for your children. You could have your kids stay with a babysitter or family member, or you could watch them yourself and hire a moving company to take care of everything. This might be especially appealing if your child has higher needs and needs even more supervision. With Scott’s Oceana Moving, we can not only help with moving labor, but also with packing, unpacking, and even assembling/disassembling furniture, leaving you much freer to be with your little ones.
Considering how older kids will fare in the move brings us to our next tip, which is…
If you have a four-year-old, they can probably help clean up, as well as with some packing of toys and such. But if your children are at an age where they exhibit and are expected to show more personal responsibility, bring them into the process! You have a lot to take care of, and it’s not only helpful to you as a parent to work on delegating responsibility, but also beneficial to your children as well. If we did everything for our kids, their learning and overall social/emotional growth would be significantly stunted. Bring them into the moving help as you see fit, in a way that isn’t past their level of capability, but isn’t too easy either.
For more specific examples, a 10-year-old should be able to pack their clothing, any toys and books, and also help around the house. A 12-year-old should be able to pack up their own room with some help and minor supervision, as well as helping in the rest of the home. Break down the tasks so it’s no more than one or two things at a time, and emphasize that as a family, everyone helps each other out. This will lessen the number of things you need to take care of, while also setting a positive example for your kids.
Make time for yourself and/or your partner.
Whether you are the sole parent involved in this move or you and your partner are working together to make this happen, it’s essential that you have time to yourself to plan things out. Parents are entirely prone to devoting everything they have towards their children, which is of course commendable. But just as you need breaks, date nights, and time to yourself, the same is true for moving. Don’t be afraid to tell your kids that you can’t help them in the exact moment they need help, but that you’ll help them once you’re done (unless it’s an emergency, of course).
Similarly, set aside scheduled time that you plan on devoting to move preparation. Even if it’s an hour on a Tuesday and a few hours on the weekend, that’s hours less that you’ll have to worry about later. In the process of setting aside time for yourself, you’re modeling patience and planning for your children, as well as the need to take care of you. This will undoubtedly make the upcoming move easier.
Make it fun!
It might seem hard to do when your head is practically reeling from everything you need to get done, which is exactly why you need to create some entertainment along the way. Blast the music, make a killer playlist, get the family involved, order pizza, celebrate with ice cream — do whatever your family will enjoy. If you have the opportunity to take something stressful and make it into something enjoyable, always take it. Not to mention, your kids will be far more motivated to do something if everyone’s having a good time versus yelling about what’s not getting done. Make moving positive and upbeat, and everyone will be happier for it.
Hire a moving company.
You might have all the packing set, you might have everything ready to go, and you know what? Working with a moving company will still make everything so much easier. This is a stressful event, whether you have kids or not, but having kids undoubtedly adds onto the responsibility. In order to have the most seamless move possible, you need to devote time and focus to the move itself. Any parent knows this can be a struggle with a toddler who somehow has figured out how to escape every child-proof device known to man.
From packing and assembly to long-distance moving, to simply moving down the block, Scott’s Oceana Moving makes moving a worry-free experience. As a Top Rated Local® moving company in Virginia Beach, we are entirely committed to making moving go as smoothly as possible. View our list of services and you’ll see that it’s “ap-parent” — Scott’s Oceana Moving is the moving company you can trust when it comes to moving with kids. Get a free quote from us to get started.
As a parent, when you are successfully moved into your new place, you absolutely deserve to celebrate. Whether treating yourself out to a night at a movie or an afternoon shopping, or having a celebratory date night with your partner, you got this all done, and now it’s time to treat yourself for your hard work!