Relocating and moving with kids can always be a challenge but planning ahead and preparing them are just some of the ways you can make the move smoother and easier for everyone in the family. Here are six tips for relocating and moving with kids.
#1. Let the kids know.
Of course, it depends on how old the children are but children still don't want to be forgotten with big family decisions like moving. Even if they may not actually have a choice in the matter, you can bring them into the conversation so they feel valued and that their opinion matters. Ask how they feel about the move and if there's anything you can do to make it easier on them. Talk to them about what the move will be like in any challenges that might occur during the process. Of course, you can tailor the conversation depending on the age of the children but even kids as little as three years old like to feel valued in their opinion.
#2. Establish a routine.
Packing and unpacking boxes can create a little bit of chaos in the house but if you keep your routine as predictable as possible it will be easier on little ones. Keeping regular meal times and bad times is probably not your biggest priority but it's important to establish a routine for your kids not only during the building process but once you are in your new home.
#3. Let them vent if needed.
Moving away from friends can be frustrating so let your kids vent their frustration and maybe even anger in a healthy way. Don't disregard their feelings of missing their friends and leaving possibly the only home they've ever known. Talk them through it and figure out ways to stay in touch with old friends and at the same time make new ones.
#4. Talk to the schools.
If you know your kids will be going into a new school talk to the teachers and administrators before your child's first day of school. Let them know that your child either belongs to a military family or how they can best adapt to the new school, especially if it's in the middle of the school year.
#5. Get to know the neighbors.
Make sure your children have lots of opportunities to meet new people. You might consider signing them up for activities so they can quickly get into a new routine and not sit around missing their old life too much.
#6. Stay positive.
I know that can be difficult because moving is such a stressful time but the more positive you are and get the kids involved in helping, the easier it can be. Depending on the age of the children, they can help pack up their own room and decide what to keep and what to donate. If you have very little children, it may be best to have a friend or babysitter take care of them the day of the big move. This will keep them out of harm's way and help you get things done a lot quicker.
Related: Military VA Home Loan FAQ
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