Have you been hearing crickets around here lately? Don’t worry, things are settling down now after we moved into our new home and I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things sooner rather than later. My office isn’t set up yet as we’ve had a bit of a snafu that I’m sure you’ll hear about later but I hope that’ll be ready for me soon! Anyway, I’m rambling so how about I get back on topic? Are you preparing for a move with young kids? Read on!
As I mentioned, we recently moved to a new house and I think that things went pretty well considering. It could have gone either way, especially with a toddler and a baby. I’m very pleased to report that things went incredibly smoothly, frighteningly so, and I’d like to share my tips with you on what worked well for us when we were preparing for a move with our kids!
Talk About It
We talked about our upcoming move a lot with Ben. As soon as we knew that our offer had been accepted on our new house and things were underway, we started talking to him about it. We told him that we would be moving to a new house where he would have a new room and so would Mom, Dad, and Alex. We were incredibly fortunate to have had Nick’s brother buy our old house from us so we were able to tell Ben that Uncle Joe would live in our house and that we could come back to visit at any time. We had small conversations about the move every day and I tried to make it as natural as possible.
Try to give yourself as much time as possible. We had about a month from the time our offer was accepted until moving day so we started our preparations right away so that it didn’t sneak up on us and we wouldn’t be left with a million things to do in the last week. This was especially important for us with the two kids because things don’t always go as smoothly as you’d like them to with little ones around. The more time you have to prepare and get things packed, the better.
Do a Little Every Day
This sort of goes along with starting early but I thought I’d include it anyway. I found that by packing a box or 2 each day, I was able to lower my stress level and things didn’t seem quite as overwhelming all at once. We piled all of the finished boxes in one area as we went along so seeing that pile of boxes grow was a good way to see our progress. Not only that, but Ben was able to see the boxes there and it opened the door for many conversations over that month.
This one can work on a number of levels. First of all, I had Ben help me when I was packing boxes. It was very easy for him to feel involved when he was able to put things in boxes for me and I think it helped him get excited for our move. We talked about how we had to pack our things in boxes so that we could bring them to our new house. He really liked throwing things into boxes and playing in the boxes themselves which comes as no surprise since kids have a thing for boxes for some reason! In addition to child
labour help, you might also want to consider hiring movers in case you don’t want to or aren’t able to lift all of the boxes yourself. Nick is very, very cheap frugal so he was having none of this. If it wasn’t for me insisting, he wouldn’t have even agreed to rent the moving van because he thought that we would be fine running back and forth across the city in pickup trucks …. but I digress! So there we go! I’m not going to lie, it was stressful because moving is stressful. But it could have been so much worse! I’m so happy with how well the kids did and how well behaved they were. I thought Ben might have some issues sleeping in his new room but he has been an absolute champ and is doing great! We went back to our old house a few days after the move to pick up our cat that Uncle Joe so kindly babysat for us while things were crazy at the new house and I thought Ben might get weirded out but he didn’t so I was glad. He hasn’t cried for his old room or the old house so I think the experience has been a success overall!
Do you have any experiences or tips to share on moving with kids? Let me know!
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