Moves can be tough on little kids, but from helping with moving boxes to taking pics, we have you covered!
Moving can definitely be tough for youngsters. Not only are they forced to make a change, but even if they have known about the move for weeks (or months), it can feel very sudden and uncomfortable. That’s why it’s so important for parents to take their kids’ feelings into consideration when they are moving. After all, it’s not all about the boxes for moving or the best time to hire a moving company.
Below are five great ways to make moves easier on youths:
- Let them help pack the moving boxes. This can actually be a very cathartic experience for boys and girls. It really helps them to feel a part of the process.
- If you can, take your kids to their new home a few times before the big move. That way, they can picture the house or apartment, and also see their bedroom and living quarters.
- Don’t expect too much out of them. Moving is tough business, and it’s exhausting. Most kids cannot keep up with adults on the actual moving day, so allow them to take breaks. Alternately, have someone there to play with them and take them away if they get cranky or restless so they can recharge.
- If you can paint in your new house, allow your child to choose his or her room color. This makes the room “theirs”. (If you can’t paint, you can have them choose a new bedspread and/or curtains.)
- Let them shed a few tears and say goodbye to the old place. It’s perfectly normal for them to be sad. If you try to force them to be happy all the time, it will only backfire. Take some pictures with your smart phone or digital camera before you leave.
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