Tips On Moving With Kids

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Whoever said that “the only constant thing in life is change” sure wasn’t kidding!  Sometimes, I wish he were.  Change is always stressful, but as it turns out, it’s an inevitable part of our lives.  Things never stay the way they are.  It’s only a matter of time before they become different.

It’s hard enough for us adults to deal with change.  What makes it even harder is when we have kids in tow.  If you’re still dreading the concept of calling a moving company and finally moving to a new house with your kids, here are a few tips on what you can do to help ease the stress:

Sell the house to your kids.  Weeks before the actual move, you can start taming your kid’s anxiety by telling him fun things about the new place.  For instance, you can tell him that the new house is just a stone’s throw away from his favorite restaurant, or that there’s a really cool playground nearby.  This will help get him excited.

Validate his fears.  Don’t trivialize his anxiety.  Acknowledge how he’s feeling and tell him that you feel nervous about the change too.  You can tell him that you’ll be a team and stick together through it all.  Tell him that it’s going to be an adventure to get to know new people and make new friends.

Make a memory scrapbook.  You can go around your present neighborhood and take pictures of the things he’d like to keep in his scrapbook. That way, he’ll feel that he can keep memories of the things he’ll leave behind.  He can keep looking at it as much as he wants.

You and the kids will understandably be under a lot of stress during the transition.  Try not to lose it in front of them.  Try as much as you can to be patient with them, and give them the attention they need.  You will be his bastion of strength, so keep it cool.

Now, I wonder who said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same…”

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  1. The moving scrapbook is a great idea Pepper!

  2. I love the idea of a moving scrapbook!
    You are so right about change being inevitable. While it is difficult, change happens weather we like it or not.
    I can say that moving without children is much more simple than moving with children. It’s amazing how much ‘stuff’ they have!

    • I guess a lot of other things are much simpler to do without children :). But then again, it’s less fun without them. Exactly, they seem to have more stuff than we adults do. It’s incredible.

  3. I’d like the idea of making a scrapbook. This will help both of you to support each other in relieving stress in moving.

  4. Catherine Tabal says

    It’s really a great idea on moving scrapbooks..

  5. Moving scrapbooks! The best thing to do among all others :)

  6. That “Sometimes I wish he were.” caught my attention. But anyway, it’s just what’s in my mind. :) And about moving with kids, I wish to apply this one day if I will going to have another kid but that I don’t know.

    Sure, it is helpful to those who is soon moving with kids. :) Thanks for sharing your tip. :)

  7. Hi Pepper, I don’t know if my comment (before this) went through. Please let me know if not. Thanks.

  8. Luckily for me, I didn’t experience this problem with my son. When we moved to our place here in Ortigas, he was only two years old, and he didn’t remember a thing about our old place.

  9. all you have mentioned were good tips on how to prepare your kid in moving to a place.saying good things with the new place will gonna help.

  10. Juggling family life with selling your home may not be easy, but with the right approach, it can become a positive, family-building exercise.

  11. I remember when we where going to move to a new house, my 4 year old son was really upset, he will cry for the thought of leaving his teacher and classmate behind. So we stopped mentioning him about our moving. Now he is happy and don’t wanna go back to our old place in Ok.

  12. This is really timely, Few weeks from now, we will be moving and these tips really helps :D

  13. moving is fun but it can also be stressful especially when we don’t get help from an expert or any help from friends. what stress me the most is putting all the stuff in place and digging them all out from boxes to boxes.

  14. We are moving again after four years and my kids are excited for the new house. Thanks for the tips!

  15. Been there and it’s pretty tough specially for the kids. We did a scrapbook of our journey from Korea back to the States.

  16. Sheryl of Georyl.Com says

    we’ve moved thrice already ever since my daughter was born and with the nature of work hubby has, i know we’ll moving again in the future. i’ll keep these tips in mind.

  17. I did not think of the moving thing before but you got me thinking since I have two sons one day they will move out. But we never move out from the house ever maybe one day…

  18. I think I’ll be experiencing moving to anew house in a few months time. I hope it’s hassle free and my daughter could adapt well to the change.

  19. I like the memory scrapbook. I think every parents should make one for their kids, moving or not.

  20. work at home using my everyday clothes. I’m more comfortable with that.

  21. I’ve moved my kids twice from USA to the UK and it gets very expensive and sometimes very stressful. Finding a place where your happy so you don’t want to move is the key

  22. I was super young when our family moved to a new place so it didn’t really affect me. Still, thanks for sharing these tips ’cause they might just come in handy when I already have my own family and find myself in this situation :)

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