Moving is a big event for everybody. As parents and caregivers, it is our responsibility to get our children through it as comfortable as possible. Although that may be easier said than done, On the Move of Murfreesboro, TN has some strategies to help get the little ones packed and moved into your new home.
Have Open Conversations
Surprising your child with the move will likely not go over well. Get ahead of the move and prepare your children early. Dr. Erhin Weiss, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, explains, “Once parents know a move is going to happen, the best thing parents can do is let the kids know the family is moving and when it is happening.” The more time your child has before the move, the easier it will be for them to handle it.
Many children don’t see a move as an opportunity to embrace change. They may feel as if they are leaving their house and all of their things behind. It is important to reassure your child that only the setting will be changing. All of the furniture and decorations, and all of their clothes, toys, and books, will be finding a place in the new home with them.
Introduce the New Location
Whether you’re moving in or around the Murfreesboro, TN area or not, it’s always a good idea to show your child around the new neighborhood before you move. If you are moving locally, take them on a drive around the neighborhood, point out the new house, find a nearby park or playground. Early acclimation to the new area will better ease them into the transition.
If you’re moving to a new town or city, pull up pictures of it online. With Google Maps street view, you can even see the new house from ground level. Click around and see the neighbors’ houses – explore the neighborhood. Do some research and find activities nearby that your child will be excited about. Tell them all about it prior to pique their interest.
Moving can be hectic – your things in disarray, open boxes and supplies everywhere, packed boxes stacked around. Especially if you are handling the move yourself, it is easy to let the task at-hand take priority and forget about safety. Children climb, they explore, they play, and they certainly rifle. Keep new and sharp objects clear of their reach. Things like box cutters, tape dispensers, permanent markers, and furniture straps can hurt your child or damage your things.
Try setting up an area for your child in an emptied room or safe common area where they can build box forts with unused boxes. Throw in a few squares on bubble-wrap and they’ll be occupied for hours.
Stay the Course
After your move is complete, your child may still be feeling anxious or wary about the new arrangements. Many people oppose change, and children are no different. Try to maintain normalcy in your new home – meals, naps, and activities should all be done the same as before. Continue to have open conversations with your child. Let them know they are in a safe place and they can express themselves when they’re ready.
Moving can be stressful enough without having your child in tow. Following some of these tips can make the transition easier for you and your child. Let On the Move handle your move – packing, transporting, storing, and unpacking – so you can give your child all the attention they need. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.