Moving can be a stressful experience for many and moving with children adds an entirely different dynamic to the process. Not only can we adults experience a little anxiety during the move but children do as well. We have seen great results when parents get their children involved in part of the moving process. So we say, get the kids participating in your move.
The best moving companies understand that kids need to be part of the process. And here at Humboldt, we can offer your children a moving kit that includes their own boxes as well as a crew T-shirt to make it official!
Being part of the moving process can reduce the stress of children
Taking part in your move can in part, alleviate children’s fears and anxiety. It can keep them focused on a task and make them feel helpful. Even the smoothest move can become hectic at times and if a child is present, it is easy to push them aside to try to get things done. However, keeping your kids engaged and taking a moment to teach them how to pack can make their transition to a new neighborhood, school and friends easier and can help them feel better about other major changes. Never shut your children out of the moving process.
Below are a few simple suggestions on how you can get your child involved in the moving process by teaching them how to pack:
Give your child items to pack that are not breakable: toys, books, stuffed animals
When it comes to kids and packing, you can start with some of the simple items in their bedroom or playroom. We suggest having them begin to pack some of the toys they may not be currently using. You could also give them the job of rounding up all their stuffed animals. You can tell them that they are going to be packed in a safe location for their new journey. And when it comes to books, you can obtain some small boxes from your moving company and have them stack their books in those boxes. When you pack books, you should also place some padding in the box so it might be fun for your children to take those sheets of paper and crumple them up.
Write their names on their own boxes
Give your child a few boxes designated with their name on the front to pack special items. Knowing their important valuables are coming along to their new home can give kids comfort. As we are sure you are aware of, you are going to have a lot of boxes when you are moving and it will make your children happy to see their name on their own boxes.
Let your kids design their own boxes
Give your child markers, crayons, and stickers to mark the outside of their special boxes so they stand out and can be easily found. You can also give them a few ideas by drawing their favorite cartoon character or superhero. This not only makes them part of the move but can keep them occupied as you pack up other areas of your home.
Take a few easy steps to help your kids participate in the moving process. This can make the experience much less stressful for everyone. Also, working side-by-side with your child can spur an honest conversation by giving them a chance to express and discuss their concerns about the move.
If you need a moving company that understands how to move with children, give our professionals a call today!