Moving with young children doesn't have to be a headache. By planning ahead and knowing the limits of everyone involved, the process doesn't have to be much more difficult than moving alone.
Get Help When Needed
The most important aspect of moving with children is to admit when help is needed. Even though children can be involved in the majority of the process, there are some tasks that are challenging or require extra focus, such as when it involves specialized transport. During those times, it's important to be honest and to reach out to loved ones to babysit or entertain young children as part of the process. Hiring a moving company to do some of the work will also help everything run more smoothly.
Give The Children Simple Tasks
Depending on a child's age, they may feel frustrated or left out if they are brushed aside during the moving process. To let them feel involved, give them small or simple tasks. This can be as simple as labeling or decorating a box to be sorted in storage, or more complicated, such as sorting and folding clothing, depending on the child's age.
Treat It Like A Game
The best way to get children engaged in the moving process is by making it seem like a fun and playful game. This doesn't have to require much planning, and can be as simple as aiming and tossing non-fragile objects into a box like a basketball net. Of course, more complicated rules and stipulations can be invented, or a family can play word or rhyming games out loud while packing to pass the time.
Plan To Take It Slow
Regardless of how a family decides to pass the time, it's important to keep in mind that more time will be involved when undergoing a home move with children. In order to avoid frustration, make sure to plan for things to move a little bit more slowly, and remain patient to prevent from things getting tense or any potential tantrums.
When it comes to moving, slow and steady is sometimes best. Children can add vibrancy and life to the process, and a little bit of planning can go a long way.