Moving to a new house is exciting, but it can also be stressful for little ones who struggle with change. Teenagers, in particular, might act out, adding to the packing frenzy. As parents, you become the emotional support system, juggling the logistics of the move while helping your kids adjust. Here’s how to navigate this transition and ensure a smooth move for the whole family.

Open Communication is Key

Don’t spring the move on your kids last minute. Share the news early on, giving them time to process the change and ask questions. Even for young children, explain the move in simple terms, addressing their concerns. Validate their feelings – fear, anxiety, and anger are natural responses to the unknown. Create a safe space for them to express themselves, and provide a timeline of upcoming changes to create a sense of security.

Involve Your Little Helpers

Empower your kids by including them in the move. Toddlers can help choose which toys to keep, while older kids can be assigned age-appropriate tasks. Let them pack a “special box” of their favorite things to keep close during the move. Involving them gives them a sense of control and makes them feel like part of the team. For the bigger items, enlist the help of family, friends, or enlist the help of a local movers if possible. Let your child feel a sense of community and celebration during this time.

Maintain Routines for Stability

As much as possible, stick to your kids’ regular routines. Sports practices, music lessons, and playdates should continue until the week of the move. This sense of normalcy provides stability and comfort during a time of change. Seek help from friends, family, or resources if maintaining routines becomes overwhelming.

Memorable Goodbyes and New Beginnings

For school-aged children, consider throwing a moving-away party. This allows them to say goodbye to friends and get contact information to stay connected. Take them to their favorite local spots one last time to create lasting memories. Capture these moments with photos to help them adjust to their new surroundings.

Looking for more resources?

The accompanying resource offers additional tips on preparing your kids for a move. With open communication, involvement, and a focus on maintaining routines, you can ensure a smooth transition for your entire family, paving the way for exciting new beginnings in your new home.

Infographic provided by Dearman Moving and Storage, a local moving company in Ohio