Made as easy as A, B, C.

Moving can be a stressful time for the whole family, especially kids.
The A B C to moving with kids are: timing and transition, getting them involved and keeping them entertained. Let’s keep your children happy and comfortable throughout the whole process with these easy tips:
 
 
<h2><strong>Timing and Transition</strong></h2>

Timing and Transition

It’s hard to say when the best time to move is, but consider the following things in order to make a happy, smooth transition for the whole family.
 
 
 
 
<h2><strong>Get them Involved</strong></h2>

Get them Involved

Keep your kids involved in order to make them feel like they are a part of the process and not just being forced along.
 
 
 
 
<h2><strong>Entertainment</strong></h2>

Entertainment

Here are some helpful tips to make moving a positive memory.
 
 
  1. If your move involves a long road trip or plane ride, gift wrap things you were going to give your children anyway. Wrap up books, games, decks of cards, sticker books, puzzle books, joke books, reading books, crayons, etc. and when you make stops along your route, place the presents on the kid’s seats. When they come back to the car they will have an exciting gift to unwrap and play with! On a plane, give them a new “gift” each time a milestone is reached such as “We’re a quarter of the way there!” or “Halfway there!” This makes the process more exciting. Be sure to save some presents to give to them when you arrive at the new home.
  2. Make their new empty room fun by hiding gifts in the closet. For example, wrap up that new bedspread that you were going to give them and hide it in their new empty closet. For anything they were going to need new, just adding a little bow can turn it into a surprise present.
  3. Happy kids are hunger-free kids. Be sure to have lots of healthy snacks for your moving day. Avoid juice boxes as they tend to explode. Instead pack bottles of water and juice bottles that you can recycle. Put aside favorite snacks like a jar of peanut butter and graham crackers.
  4. Before the move, sit down with your child and map out your move. Show them where the new house is and let them follow along on the map as you make your way to your new home.
  5. Babysitter not available moving day? Consider hiring a nanny during the move. This service keeps the little darlings safe, happy and entertained under the watchful eye of a modern day Mary Poppins, while you focus on the moving process.
  6. Don’t throw items away. If you’re planning on getting rid of items the children no longer use, do not do it during moving time. The children will experience loss, and this is not the right time to throw out their things. Do the weeding out a couple of months in advance, so they don’t associate the two events together.
 
 
Don't Leave Home Without

Keep these items handy during your move to keep everyone safe and happy:

  1. Kleenex
  2. Hand Sanitizer
  3. Baby wipes
  4. Extra zip lock bags
  5. Medications
  6. Personal Pillows
  7. Phone numbers (the kennel, the new apartment complex, etc.)
  8. Cell Phone Charger
  9. Walking shoes
  10. Sweater and Rain Jacket
  11. Snacks and water