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Moving with Children: How to Survive a Long Haul Move

Moving can be one of the most intimidating experiences in a child’s life, especially if you’re relocating to a new home that is far away from the friends, family members and activities that your child has grown accustomed to. Thankfully, however, there are a number of things you can do in order to help your children get through the long distance move in a manner that is as stress-free and painless as possible.

Preparing for the Move

Helping your children transition during a long distance move starts well before the actual moving day. By following these simple pre-move tips, you can assist your children with relieving some of the fear and anxiety they may be experiencing regarding your decision to relocate.

  • Explain: Once you have made the decision to move it is essential that you explain as much as possible about your new location to your children. Be sure to include information about when, where and why the move will occur, and try to answer any questions that may arise. If your children know what to expect, the move will seem less intimidating.
  • Involve:  Include your children in all aspects of the move as much as possible. Have them make lists of things they would like to carry with them on the trip, and if possible, even let them pack up some of their belongings themselves.
  • Maintain: Try to maintain as much of your regular routine as you can in the days leading up to your move.
  • Be Positive: Moving with children can be extremely frustrating, especially when things do not go quite as planned. Try to remain encouraging and positive about your upcoming move so that your children will become excited. After all, long distance moving can be quite the adventure.
  • Goodbyes:  Be certain to allow your children adequate time to say goodbye to close friends and family members, but try not to dwell on it too much. Be sure to include exciting ways to keep in touch after the move in your conversations.

Moving Day

Your belongings are packed up, you have said goodbye to family members and friends, and finally it’s time to load up for the big move. While most of the moving preparations have been taken care of, you’ve still got a long road ahead. Starting the trip off on the right foot can make moving with children a much more pleasurable experience.

  • Allow each of your children to bring one or two special belongings with them on the trip to help them feel safe and secure.
  • If your budget and schedule allows, plan for a few fun detours to help break things up during your trip. Even just a few minutes spent at the park or an interesting site can make a big difference.
  • Younger children will likely enjoy participating in fun activities during your trip. Sing songs, play travel games and encourage your children to watch for interesting buildings, animals, or other things along the way.
  • Hungry or thirsty children can become irritable, especially when they are confined in a vehicle. Be sure to offer plenty of opportunities for your children to eat, drink and stretch as you continue to your new destination.
  • Make plans for your arrival. Give your children something to look forward to as your trip comes to an end. If your children are old enough, consider planning a scavenger hunt to complete as you unpack.

Moving with children can be fun and exciting when you follow the simple tips above. For more tips and advice to make your moving adventure more pleasurable, be sure to contact us!