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Ah yes, moving day is here and everyone is scrambling to get everything done. If you’re anything like me then you are scattered, stressed and just trying to make sure that you packed everything! In the end you are just glad that you didn’t pull a “Home Alone” and leave on of your kids behind! Okay okay I know that wouldn’t REALLY happen…..at least, I HOPE! So let’s think a minute about the kids. If moving stresses you….what do you think it does to them? Here are 5 quick tips on how to make your move easier for all of you!
1. Start the day on a positive note with an upbeat attitude. Be sure that everyone feels like this is an exciting and fun day filled with new beginnings and lots of stuff to explore.
2. Let them help! Though it may sound like more work for you at times, kids are very helpful and like to be part of the action! Create a checklist for each child giving them tasks to complete. This will create a sort of game for them and bringing you their completed task list will give them a sense of accomplishment and a job well done.
3. Pack the snacks! In an effort to save money, packing snacks is always a good idea. Let each child pack a small lunch box or bag with snacks, sandwiches, etc. so they have something to eat when they’re hungry. Don’t forget the reusable water bottle!
4. Entertainment! Are we there yet? Are we there yet? How many are familiar with that phrase? I know I hear when I’m on my way to the store so I can imagine how many times you hear it if you’re moving any distance. Let them pack a small backpack with things that will keep them entertained.
5. Pack their stuff last. The ability to be able to unpack all of their familiar things and put them into their new rooms right away will help make the transition easier. Creating a new space for themselves with their own stuff will be fun and it will allow you to focus on everything else while they take charge of their rooms. If they are younger, be sure that you have packed any items that would keep them occupied last as well.