Kids are one of the greatest joys in life. They have the ability to turn even the worst days into laughable occasions and make you forget about all the troubles that are weighing down on you. That being said, they are by no means easy to take care of. Especially during the toddler period. And with the relocation approaching, handling both the moving chores and seeing to your child’s needs can be a daunting challenge. However, with the tips that we will now provide, you will find your moving with kids to be rather easy.
Make moving with kids easy by having some helping hands on board
The reason why this tip has found its place on top of our list is its undeniable importance. Namely, if you are alone in this process, you will find even the simplest tasks too hard to tackle. You see, moving takes a lot of time, and there is no need to tell you how much of your attention already go to your offspring. So, when you address one of the two, the other will inevitably suffer.
In order to do this right, you will need assistance. Whether it is your parents taking care of your child’s needs, or professional movers handling the relocation, or even both, you will find this whole period tremendously easier to handle.
The help can be comprehensive or sporadic
Depending on the time you have and the magnitude of your relocation, you may require very little help or a whole lot of assistance. Whatever the case may be, decide where the help will be most appreciated, and ask for it. For example, you can ask your parents to take care of your kids during the whole moving process, or just for the moving day. You can ask your friends to help with packing and loading. Or, you can have a moving company handle any or every moving chore, depending on your needs and financial situation. This will allow you to take care of your kids during the relocation period without much hassle. While the movers will take care of all the chores, you will still have to be there, and see that everything is going according to your wishes.
Start early and plan thoroughly
Just because you have assistance doesn’t mean you will have the lack of things to take care of. What’s more, the help is there to allow you to tackle the things only you can do. Now, depending on the distance you are about to travel, there will be more or less of chores for you. Whatever the case may be, you will never find some extra time to be a bad thing. In fact, you will probably be struggling with the pressure of deadlines throughout your relocation process. We are not saying this to scare you, but merely to give you a heads up. All can be managed when you start on time and make a plan of action.
It is best that you create a list of tasks and pair it with a timeline. That way, you will have all under control, and not worry whether something was overlooked. While you will be sure to remember to note down tasks like getting the packing materials, packing your home, and calling the movers, we will remind you of those seemingly smaller tasks that still require your attention. Paperwork will have to be taken care of, sooner or later. Sooner, being the better option is the one we advise you to go for. Even if you are moving just down the block, you will have to update the change of address at least in your ID. You will also have to pay a stop to your Post Office and make sure they know of this altercation.
If possible, make your kids a part of the process
This greatly depends on the age of your kids. If you are a proud parent of a little baby, or a toddler, relying on them do to any work would not be too responsible. However, if you are moving with kids that are a bit bigger, and can be entrusted with simple tasks, you can ask them to pack their toys, for example. Apart from truly helping you out, your kids will also stay busy, allowing you to address other minor tasks. This can also be a great learning process for your kids. Make sure to explain the basics of packing:
- do not pack fragile things together without protection
- softer and lighter toys can go in bigger boxes
- label the box with the items that are inside of it
- rejoice in the job well done
The latter may seem like a joke, but it is actually a great way to show your kids the value of good work. Once their job is done, and in a way that is correct or at least approvable, you can show them with a token of gratitude.
Try to enjoy this relocation yourself
Kids tend to pick up on the emotions their parents have with fair ease, and further replicate them through their own behavior. We are sure you are familiar with this and have seen it at work many times. With that in mind, you want to try to keep your mood up if you want your kid to enjoy the process. While relocation can be stressful, remember that the big change you are making is for the good. That ought to help you stay positive, and even playful when interacting with your kid. Try to portray this whole occasion as something fun. This kind of approach can have a reciprocal benefit. While you are keeping the spirits up for your kid, you are also doing it for yourself. With such a mindset, it will be easy to handle moving with kids and even enjoy it.