There’s no denying it: moving house with children isn’t all fun and games.
Packing up children’s toys and bedrooms, dealing with the psychological stress of the move and settling your family in a new home can all take their toll on you. Fortunately, there are ways to make the process a whole lot easier.
Moving house with children comes with unique challenges
Relocating can be stressful enough for adults, and children can react even more strongly to the idea of leaving their home and neighbourhood friends that they have grown up with.
As a parent, you can make this journey less scary by getting your children fully involved in the packing and moving process, so they begin to look forward to it.
Here are some ways you can turn a stressful move into a journey of exploration for the younger members of your family.
- Get them ready for an adventure. Relocating overseas, moving from Johannesburg to Cape town, or even just to a new suburb doesn’t have to be traumatic. In fact, it could be one of the most exciting things your children have ever experienced if you approach it right. Start many months in advance by involving them in your relocation research, showing them pictures and videos of the place you’re moving to, and focusing on kid friendly activities that they’ll be able to enjoy in their new home.
- Hear their concerns. Although children usually adapt well, adjusting to sudden changes in routine and environment can be disruptive. You can make things easier by listening to their concerns and taking the time to explain the move to them in a simple way while reminding them that it’s for the best.
- Keep them busy. If the kids are at a loose end in the days and weeks leading up to your move it will only add to your stress. Turn the move into a game and give them things to do that both challenge and excite them.
If your kids are old enough to pack their own toys and belongings, it’s a great idea to let them do just that. If you need to de-clutter, challenge them to see who can get rid of the most stuff. In this way, they’ll have something to keep them busy while you pack up the rest of the house. It’s also a great lesson in letting go of stuff for children who maybe have more than they need.
Here are a few other ideas for making moving with children fun:
- Get your kids to decorate the moving boxes by personalising and labelling them with stickers and markers.
- Ask them to draw a picture of how they would like their new bedroom to look.
- If they are old enough to camp out, let them spend the last night in your old home in a garden tent.
- Get them involved in the “last meal” using only the ingredients left in the fridge and cupboards
- Invent a reward system for unpacking the boxes on the other end.
- Have an indoor picnic and family sleepover in one room at the new house.
Minimalism for kids
It’s no secret that minimal-living is a huge trend around the world today – and moving is a
great way to expose your kids to this beneficial lifestyle.
- People around the world are starting to think twice about what they own and whether they need so many things or not.
- If your kid’s room is overflowing with toys, video games, books and other items that you just don’t have space for in your new home, now could be the best opportunity to teach them about keeping only the things they enjoy using and get pleasure from. They can donate the rest to a charity or children’s creche.
Call it Marie Kondo for kids if you like, but this approach is a great learning opportunity and it’ll save you time and effort when you arrive at your new home.
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With good planning, the best professional movers and a little bit of creativity, moving house with kids will be an adventure for the whole family.