Let’s face it, there’s no way to guarantee that a 3-year-old won’t throw a tantrum at any given moment. But you can reduce the possibility of anxiety outbursts for your kids (and you) at moving time. If you’re worried about moving with a toddler or preschooler, here’s good news.
Many experts consider the under-6 age group to be the easiest to move. They have a limited capacity to understand the changes involved. This can be a positive thing– depending on how you handle it.
Even though young kids have a limited capacity to understand (or get too stressed about) a move, it’s important to explain to them what’s happening is as simply as possible. Describe the move in story form and illustrate it with toy trucks and furniture. You might actually find yourself having fun!
Toyland on the move
You’re well aware that your kids are attached to their toys. They need to know that their toys will be moving,
too. And that when you pack them in boxes that doesn’t mean you’re throwing their precious toys away.
Pack a small backpack or overnight bag with special dolls, toys or books that will stay with your child through
the entire move. This is especially important if the move involves a long car trip or plane ride. It’s also good psychology to let your child help you pack their favourite things.
Make it smooth, make it fun
It’s a definite advantage to be moving to a new home in your city or at least close to your current home. If it’s
not only nearby but also vacant and you have early access, that’s an extra bonus. Take them there to visit
before the move and take a few toys over each time.
It’s tempting to get rid of your child’s old bedroom furniture before the move, but remember that keeping the
furniture they’re using now may provide them a sense of comfort in your family’s new house. Think about
arranging furniture in a similar way in the new bedroom if it’s possible.
Some people suggest that you arrange for your toddler or preschooler to stay with a babysitter, if possible, on
moving day. That might be a good idea. You know your own child best. Let’s assume you’ll be taking the advice
we gave at the beginning of this blog and will explain the move to them in a simple way they can understand.
This can go a long way toward helping to make moving day an adventure for them, instead of a confusing nightmare.
On moving day and the days surrounding it, there are (sometimes inevitable) trips to fast-food restaurants.
You’re not likely to hear complaints about these tasty little adventures. It’s also a time when you let your kids
do things you normally wouldn’t– like staying up late and enjoying some special treats.
Some things will have to change after the move. But hold off on things like toilet training or moving a toddler
from a bed to a crib. This can be made that much more traumatic when combined with a move. Also, keep the aspects of your life that are most important to your kids– things like Saturday morning pancakes, for example. It’s good for you, too.
At the same time to show your little ones that change can be good. There are new friends for them to meet and new
opportunities to explore. Do a little homework on your new city or neighbourhood with your kids in mind. It’ll
go a long way in helping them transition.
At Kary Movers, we make the transition easier for all ages and that big people have “toys” to move, too. We’ll
make it as easy as possible. Call us a shout at 1-877-687-1746, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or make an online inquiry and request a moving quote.