Moving with kids can be tricky. Not only do you need to deal with all the chores of the move, but you also need to include “helping” children. Fortunately, as experienced removalists in Perth, we can offer some tips to help your family survive moving home.
Allow Plenty of Time
One of the biggest mistakes a parent can make when moving with kids is failing to allow enough time. Children not only have clothes, toys, books, bikes and lots of other belongings, but they’re not likely to provide lots of help. You’re likely to spend far more time than you expect packing up your kid’s belongings to prepare for the move. While you can start early, encouraging your kids to sort out items that can be stored in preparation for the move, you’ll decrease your stress levels if you allow plenty of time.
Try to Maintain Your Routine
While moving is disruptive, children are creatures of habit, so they are often resistant to any changes. Relocating is a big change, so try to maintain the routine in other areas of your kid’s lives.
Try to plan your move, so that your children maintain their regular school schedule including their typical activities. This will not only help you to have a more compliant child, but it may give you a spare hour or two to get some important details for the move organised.
As mentioned above, children tend to be resistant to change. Moving not only involves a new home, new room and possibly new school but leaving behind friends and favourite places. So, it is vital to give the kids something to be excited about.
Take them to your new neighbourhood and how them some of the exciting new experiences they will be able to enjoy. Whether it is a fantastic new playground or massive shopping centre, becoming more familiar with the area will help the process of acclimatisation. If you’re moving interstate and a visit is not possible, go online to show the kids the great activities available at their new school or what the new area can offer.
Try to Keep Your Calm
This is easier said than done, but showing signs of panic and stress will influence your kid’s behaviour. Children look to parents for behavioural cues, so if you’re panicking, they are likely to mimic this. Moving can be stressful, so prepare for this to try to maintain your calm. Hiring the best removalists in Perth will help a great deal, but you’ll still need to be organised with a to-do list. This will help you to tick off jobs and feel like things are progressing when the stress starts to get to you.
Regardless of your parenting style, on moving day, you’ll need to be more flexible. If the move goes to plan without any major disasters, consider it a win, even if the kids spend more time in front of the television eating junk food.
It is vital to keep your kids on the moving plan, so a bit of indulgence may be needed. As long as they are not in the way of the move and are safe, allow them more freedom, you can get back to more structure once you’ve settled into your new home.
If you’re planning a move and in need of removals, Perth based Emmanuel Transport is here to help. We’re experienced removalists in Perth and would be delighted to help minimise the stress of your family’s move.