Moving is stressful and complicated. It’s also a wonderful choice to start a new life somewhere else. Even a small move takes a lot of planning. If you are going to move much further, you’ll need to do a lot of planning. If you’re going to move cross country, lots of planning is crucial. Moving with children and moving across the country requires a lot of attention to detail and the ability to stay calm during a long trip. While this can be a daunting task, there are lots of things you can do to make the move easier for you and your children.
Allow Enough Time
One of the best things you can do is allow enough time for the move. Allowing enough time means allowing at least two months to make plans. This gives you enough time to nail down all the little details and come up with emergency plans in case something goes wrong during the move or before you head out. If you don’t have that much time, it’s best to set aside as much time as you can before you start. This time should be devoted solely to your move and preparing everyone to get ready for it.
Let Children Participate
Kids can take on more responsibility than you might thing. Children love helping their parents do things. Grade school aged children can help by getting their own items ready to move. Older kids can help with much greater decisions. For example, an older kid can help you decide how to pack any awkward items. They can also offer input about packing materials and how to make sure that all flows smoothly during the move. Kids who are given the opportunity to feel excited about the move are kids who will feel better about it.
Not all toys have to be packed away. Moving across the country can take days or even weeks. Kids may feel anxious, frustrated and bored during the move. You can head off these feelings by offering them the chance to bring a favorite toy or toys with them. You can also offer them help by offering them the chance to buy some new things along the way. Offer your kids a toy allowance. This lets them decide to how to spend money as the move happens. Kids can find items they like during the trip that have special meaning to them.
Pay Attention to Pets
Many children have pets. Kids love their pets. If you’re bringing a cat or dog with you as you travel across the country, make sure that pet is cared for properly. Designate the child as the person responsible for the pet’s well being during the move. A child can make sure the pet’s water and food dishes are filled and you always have food on hand for them. Children can also help by giving the pet exercise during rest stops. Taking Fido out for a walk can help the child and the pet feel more relaxed.
Get All School Stuff Worked Out
It’s important to nail down all the details of the child’s schooling before you leave. If you’re moving during the summer months, it can take a lot of time and effort to contact the right school officials. If you are moving at other times of the year, you should speak to the right people in order to find out what documentation you might need to make sure your children can enroll in classes once you arrive at your destination. Kids who are ready to attend school from the first day are kids who will flourish once you’ve arrived.
Make it Fun
Any move of any kind can be hard on your kids. A long distance move means that your kids are leaving behind much that is familiar to them. They may be leaving close friends behind as well as a school they like. Think about ways to make it fun as you move. Have kids learn about all that is good about their new destination such as parks and stuff they can do. During the move, make time to pay attention to their specific needs. Play games and sing funny songs.