moving day easier for kids
Moving Day can
either be a very exciting time, or a very stressful time for
children. They are leaving what is familiar, and moving into
the unknown, whether it be in the same neighborhood or across
If you know several
months in advance that you will be moving, start weeding out
any toys or items your children could view as "treasures".
Be careful not to associate moving with having to sell or
donate toys (ie. "Jeff, we can't take all these toys
with us when we move.") You shouldn't link one to the
other, or your children will resent moving to a new house,
because it means a loss of treasured possessions.
Ask your children
to wait at the new house with a friend or a family member.
A vacant house or apartment can be an exciting thing to explore.
Even things such as "what do you think made those indents
on the carpet" can lead to a game of imagining what was
Upon arrival at
the new house, give each child a job, no matter how big or
small it may be. This gives them a role of importance with
the move and their new house.
take their cues from you. If this move is upsetting to you,
your children will sense your stress and mirror it themselves.
If you talk about the house as nothing but an exciting and
much-looked-forward-to event, they will take their cue from
If you are moving
to a brand new town, find out in advance what there are for
children. Excitement over moving to a town with an aviation
museum or a waterpark can help children when moving day comes.
And as busy as moving is, be sure to follow up with a trip
to one of the new places within a week of moving, especially
if your children are having trouble adjusting.