Moving to a new home can lead to a myriad of emotions. You may feel excited, nervous, anxious, stressed and even scared depending on your situation. If you are planning for an upcoming move, and you also have children in tow, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Anxiety is easily transferred between one individual to another. As a parent, you have likely noticed that your child's mood may reflect your own, especially during times where you feel anxious, panicked, stressed or upset. When planning a big move with kids in tow, remaining calm at all times is essential.
Keeping a calm and focused attitude is not only a way for your children to feel safe and comfortable throughout the moving process, but it also shows them how to act and respond during life-changing events. Children tend to mirror the behavior that their parents have modeled for them once they become teenagers and young adults, which is why it is imperative to remain self-aware when moving or going through another transition or life change with your kids by your side. According to Updater, you should have a detailed checklist for your move so you know exactly what there is to be done. This will keep you and your kids calm.
Keep Things As Normal As Long As Possible
To your children, their home is their sanctuary, which is why it is important to maintain a sense of normalcy even once the packing and moving itself actually begins. According to On The Move, you should leave their stuff for last so that they continue to have their own sanctuary to retreat to and can keep everything as normal as you can for as long as possible. Using a company is a great way to move only once you are ready to do so, alleviating the pressure from your children to pack weeks ahead of time.
Have Your Kids Participate in the Moving Process Itself
One way to remain positive about moving with your children while also encouraging engagement is to have your kids participate in the moving process itself. This can give you some help and also make your kids feel included. Ask your children to help with the packing of their personal items and belongings. This will prevent them from feeling overwhelmed or scared about the notion of moving.
Moving can be stressful. Knowing how to properly prepare and pack for a move with kids in tow is a way to alleviate stress and anxiety most commonly associated with relocating. Once you are familiar with the process, and your children feel positive about moving, you can continue with your plans without feeling fearful or negatively.
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