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Moving with children: how to keep your kids happy when your family is moving home

Moving with children is always a challenge, but it can be especially difficult when you are moving house when they are young. Not only do you have to worry about being unfamiliar with the area and changing schools, but you also have to deal with the stress of packing and moving all your belongings.

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In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to make moving with children easy.  Follow these tips and your move will be much easier.

Challenges of moving with children

There are a few challenges that you will face when moving with children. One of the biggest challenges is being unfamiliar with the area. If you are moving to a new city or state, your children will be starting at a new school and may not know anyone in their new community. This can be daunting for children, and they may feel scared or alone. If your child has been attending the same school for several years, switching to a new one can be difficult. They will have to make new friends and get used to a new curriculum.

There is also the stress of packing and moving all your belongings. This can be especially difficult for young children, who may not understand why their toys and clothes are being packed up.

Tips for making moving with children easier

There are several steps you can take to make moving with children easier.

Visit the new area

One of the first things you should do is go on a trip to your new area, so that your kids can get used to it. Let them explore their new town and visit fun places like parks and museums. Try taking them out for dinner or ice cream in their new city, so that they feel comfortable and excited about the move.

Say goodbye

If possible, let them spend some time with friends from their old school before you move. This will help them say goodbye and make it easier to start at a new school. 

Be sure to let them know that this isn’t goodbye forever, and there will always be opportunities to visit one another. Today, we are also fortunate to have a range of social media platforms that will help friends stay in touch with each other.

Moving with children means packing up their stuff
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Pack their favourite things

When packing, make sure to pack your child’s favourite things. This could be anything from a special blanket to their favourite toy. Be sure to let them know that you are packing these things, and perhaps let them pack their own box.

This will help them feel comfortable in their new home and remind them of the good times they had in their old one.

Declutter your junk

Use this as an opportunity to declutter your home! Go through all of your children’s toys and clothes and donate anything that they no longer use or need. This will make packing much easier, as you will have less items to move.

Hire a moving company

If you have the budget for it, hiring movers will make your move much easier and less stressful! You won’t have to worry about packing or driving a moving truck, which can be difficult if you are also taking care of young children.

A removalist comparison site, like Muval, will help you find the best removalist in your area.

Label everything

Make sure to label all of your boxes with your child’s name and which room they belong in. This will make it easier for them to unpack when you arrive at your new home.

Using coloured tags, and colour coding each room will help you label boxes and make unpacking easier.

Take your time when moving with children

Don’t try to do everything all at once! It can be helpful to break down the move into smaller tasks, so that it doesn’t seem so daunting.

With this in mind, it’s a great idea to start planning your move as early as possible. Taking your time and starting early is the best way to ensure you don’t forget anything, and avoid costly mistakes.

Moving with children and a family can be difficult, but following these tips will make the transition much easier. By visiting the new area, packing your child’s favourite things and taking your time, you can make moving with children a breeze. If you have the budget, hiring movers is also a great option – it will take care of all the hard work for you!

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