Sit for a moment the day you plan to move. There are a thousands thoughts swirling through your mind, but you’ve spent a lifetime building up coping mechanisms to help get you through the stress. Your little ones? Yeah, not so much. In fact, even if they don’t verbalize, they are likely suffering from some form of anxiety because of the move.
Moving with kids can be a challenge, but rather than pour all of your energy into the nitty gritty details of the move, why not offer them some extra support to ease the transition.
Here are a few tips:
Movies about moving. There are tons of them, and many of them focus on the concept of the kids being reluctant and then loving it in the end. Notable movies include Toy Story, where Andy moves at the end, and even Twilight part I for older kids. Watch it with them and explain that there are some mixed feelings that will come up, but that as long as family is together it should be fine.
Packing games. Sometimes you can take the stress off of moving by making it fun! Come up with a quick game or two involving packing their toys or cherished belongings. Whoever can pack a full box of stuffed animals, wins! This will hopefully keep their keen minds off of the larger picture–even if it’s only for a bit.
Children’s books about moving. There is no shortage of kid’s books about families moving. They range from Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter: We Are Moving to Henry And Mudge And Annie’s Good Move, by Cynthia Rylant. In fact, this is such a helpful method, that we wrote an entire post about moving books a while back.
Any ideas? Feel free to add them to the comments. Good luck!