If you’re facing a move across country with kids in tow, you may be nearing panic mode. The mere thought of getting a whining toddler to pack up all their toys is unnerving, let alone the thought of spending six hours trapped in a car with that toddler. Or, maybe your kids are school-aged, and you have to break the news that they’ll be leaving all their friends behind and starting a new adventure somewhere else.
If that doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, you’re not alone. Fortunately, we see families like yours make the big move from one side of the country to the other all the time—and we’ve learned a thing or two from their strategies throughout the process.
So, parents, here are a few things you can do when facing a cross-country move that will make your life easier:
Break the News in Advance
Don’t wait until the last minute to tell your kids that they’re moving away. Children need time to process big changes and get used to the idea, so tell them far enough in advance that they have time to get over any sadness they may feel at the idea of leaving their current home.
Focus on the Positive
When you do tell your kids about the big move, dwell on the positives of the process. A new home means a new room to decorate, a new school means new friends to play with, and a new neighborhood means new parks and donut shops to visit!
Checklists are Your Friend
Let’s be real here. Moving is hard and moving with kids is even harder. There’s no such thing as too much planning, so make as many checklists as you think you need to catalogue what to pack, when to pack it, and where it all goes once it’s packed up. Anything you can do to organize this process is a good thing.
Let the Kids Help
Don’t leave the kids out when it comes to getting ready to go! If your little ones feel involved in the move, they’re more likely to be excited and helpful instead of grumpy and resentful throughout the process. Let them pack a box or two, help label boxes, or even pick out how to decorate their new room.
Depending on your budget, professional packers and movers can be a good choice for families with young children. This will take some of the stress of moving your stuff off your shoulders, so that you can focus on the trip ahead with your kids.
Moving with kids can be a challenge, even if it’s just down the street, so a longer move like this one presents even more hurdles. With a little careful planning however, you’ll be all packed up and on your way to your new place with the little ones in tow. Still looking for a new place? Move-Up America can help you sell your current home and purchase a new one smoothly and efficiently while saving thousands of dollars during the process. Contact us today for more information.