Moving with Kids? Make it Stress-Free.
You have made the decision to move, so now you have to prepare the kids. Moving is rated as one of the most stressful life events and if you have children that stress level has the potential to go through the roof. It does not have to be as hard as you are predicting though. If you are moving with kids, use these tips to keep it as stress-free as possible.
- Schedule a Family Meeting – It’s not fair to break the news to them when they are walking out the door for school in the morning or leaving with friends. Schedule a meeting at a time that works into everyone’s schedule to talk about the move.
- Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Tell Them – Telling them at the last minute is not fair to either of you. First, you are going to stress every day about this conversation. You will replay it over and over with every scenario possible while you are lying in bed trying to fall asleep. Plus, they should have time to come to terms with the decision before the day. Respect them enough to allow them to go through their angry phase. Tell them early enough and they may even get excited about it.
- Ask for Feedback on the House – If possible, allow them to see the home before you move in. Maybe you even want to take them house shopping. Otherwise, you will stress about whether they will like it or not.
- Start Packing Early – Packing is responsible for causing the most stress in many moves. This is generally because it gets put off until the last minute. You keep thinking you will start next week and pretty soon next week is moving day. It is a lot easier to pack a few boxes daily far in advance, so you have less work to do later. It is a good idea to get rid of everything you don’t need or want, so you have less to pack. You can donate items or have a garage sale. Let the kids have the money earned from things they decided to get rid of so they can buy something new after the move.
- Find a School Early – Make sure your kids are all set to start their first day of class at their new school, if you are moving out of the zone for their current school. Have school records transferred and find out from their new teachers if there is any school work they need to catch up on to be at the same place as the rest of the class.
- Select a Family Doctor – If you don’t find a new doctor prior to the move, you’ll spend days stressing that one of the kids will get sick during the transition. Select a family doctor early. This isn’t a decision to rush into, so take your time.
- Arrange for a Sitter – Moving day will be a lot less stressful, if you are not having to keep tabs on kids all day. Arrange a play date with a friend or let them visit their grandparents to be spoiled all day.
If you are planning a move across the country or right around the corner the process naturally comes with a lot of stress. Throw kids into the mix and it generally gets worse, but if you are moving with kids you can use these tips to keep your stress to a minimum.