Surviving a move with your children
June 8, 2016
Add kids into the equation, and stress levels skyrocket.
If you have children and you’re thinking of moving, read our insider tips on how to survive a move with kids.
Say goodbye to the house
Depending on your child’s age, moving may be a stressful event for him or her. Get your children ready to move by planning a goodbye party for the house. Visit significant spots in your area as a family and share memories together.
Put me’ to work
Bored children are mischievous children. Put your little ones to work leading up to moving day so they feel like they’re a part of the process and to help keep them busy. Depending on your child’s age, he or she could help label boxes, clean, and even pack up his or her own belongings.
Make a deal
Negotiating with your children is never recommended, but outlining what is expected and the reward that’s in store for good behaviour definitely is. Before you move, agree on a treat that you will provide as a reward if they are well behaved during the move.
Try to give them as much information about the move as soon as possible. Answer questions completely and truthfully, and be receptive to both positive and negative reactions. Even if the move means an improvement in family life, children don't always understand that and may be focused on the frightening aspects of the change.