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Top Tips for Moving With Kids

by HillNow.com Sponsor — March 5, 2015 at 3:20 pm 6 Comments

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Moving is hectic for everyone. Mix young children into things? Total chaos. Forget packing up all of the toys and clothes. You also have to factor in school enrollment and switching to after school activities close to home – dance, sports, Boy or Girl Scouts. Not to mention that most of these activities have seasonal deadlines.

Hopefully, we can help calm some of that chaos with a few tips for moving with young children.

Contact the new school at least a month before your move date — Make sure all paperwork for your child, such as immunization forms, have been completed and provided to the school.  You should also arrange a school tour, which would give both you and your children a chance to meet their new teacher and check out the new playground.

Change your address before you move — You know that you have to change your address with the post office. It’s best to do it approximately a week before you move so that no important paperwork gets lost in the mail. It usually takes a few days for things to cross over. Make sure to contact credit card companies, magazines, cell phone companies and others directly.

Book your move early — Hiring a moving company will make your move quicker and more efficient. Booking a moving truck a few weeks out will ensure that you’ll receive the size that you need. And don’t wait until the last minute if you’re packing up those boxes on your own.

Buy the local newspaper — This is an easy way to get accustomed to your new town. You’ll be able to scan the calendar and pick out some fun activities that will get your kids excited for the move. This is also an easy way for them to meet new children.

Pack up your child’s favorite belongings in one box. Let them help — What you deem “important” will most likely not be the same things that your children deem important. So let them help you pack a special box. Decorate it and have them label it. Keep this box with you for your child to open as soon as you move in. This will help to create a familiar place for your child in the new home. You could even sneak a small gift in there, as a surprise when you get into your new house.

Let your kids plan a “Last Day in Town”— Hit up all of their favorites — restaurant, park, ice cream shop. Then, go over the new newspaper you purchased and plan a “First Day in Town.”

Unpack your child’s room first — Moving is exhausting for everyone. Unpack your child’s room first. This will give them a sense of normalcy and will keep them busy while you finish setting up the rest of the house.

Generating excitement about the move may be challenging in the midst of all the tasks involved. Try to focus on the positives the change will bring, whether it is a bigger bedroom, new parks to explore or a neighborhood filled with other kids. You’ll help your kids see the move as an adventure.

If you’re planning to move but still searching for your next place, check out this guide that can help you decide whether to buy or rent your home.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HillNow.com.

  • Brandi Cross

    Moving with kids is usually very complicated. We witness this so many times when working with clients with kids! It is important to understand what people are going thought so we can be more helpful! Thanks for the tips! They are really helpful! Greets, Man With Van Bromley Ltd.visit their site

  • Amy

    Fantastic tips! Just one more thing – organize a farewell party, where your kids will play and say goodbye to all their little friends. It is such a fun!
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  • berta

    Really important topic and useful advices!We moved last year when my boys were 9 and 5. We only moved 3 miles
    away, and they stayed at the same school. My younger did fine, but my
    older had so much anxiety that the entire week before the move he was
    waking up every night at about 3am to throw up. I brought him to the
    doctor because I was worried he had an ulcer. Once we got moved, though,
    he was okay.

    Greets!

  • Poppy Davidson

    I read somewhere it’s a good idea to give some of your moving boxes to your kids after the move is over. Kids love playing with boxes and this might be a chance to take their mind of the move. In a way you’re providing them with a new toy. Moving house is costly and the more chances you have to save a few pounds the better.

    This actually worked for my son a few months back when we moved in Surrey. We had a local Redhill moving company
    pack and move our home. We asked them to leave some of the boxes when they were done unpacking. The next day my husband helped my son make a cardboard castle and it was so much fun. Our son was feeling depressed, but all the bad emotions went away when he started creating again. Kids are so cute and innocent.

    Anyway, it was nice reading your article, thanks for posting.

  • I work in the moving company and I know how important it is to collect such advice.
    Of course, it is important to plan a trip with your child, so he felt that taking part in the process. Get ready for a celebratory lunch with your child. Unpack children first. It would be nice to meet new friends of the child.

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