Somewhere between inspections, appraisals, packing, moving, and so on - as adults, we forget that moving is not just stressful for us, but also for the kiddos!
When adjusting to a new house, it is easy to be excited but overwhelmed at the same time, and your kids can be a bit of both as well. Especially if you are moving far away from their friends, family, school, sports team, etc. This unfortunately only adds to their stress.
Be patient with your kids
A common phrase that we hear homeowners directed towards their children on moving day is, “Get out of their way!”
At Bulldogs Moving, ALL of our movers are trained to be patient and kind. When we hear anything along those lines, we try to comfort the child by responding to the adults, “It is their house, not ours! We are the ones in the way!”
It is true, although we are helping, we are the ones invading their space!
Here are some ideas to help prepare the kiddos for moving:
Give them a task: You could have them direct your movers on how to organize their rooms. You could have them check in with your movers and see if they need any water. You could have the older ones entertain the younger kiddos.
Give them a fun day: You could have the kiddos spend time with a family member or family friend, and do something outside of the norm. Remember, they are going to have to sleep in a new house for the first time - it may be helpful to give them a fun day to get them sleepy and something to smile about!
Bring the TV in advance: Yes, it is as simple as it sounds! You could bring the TV in a personal vehicle prior to the movers showing up at the unload and turn on a movie for the kiddos! Pixar’s Inside Out is a great movie about adjusting to a move. Perfect for the kids to watch!
What other ideas do you have? We would love to hear them! Leave us a comment!