It has been quite the summer for the Seeing It Their Way family. We had a very rocky ride on the roller coaster that is the real-estate market. And we want to share some tips for moving with kids to help someone else ride on the roller coaster a little smoother. People always say buying a home is one of the most stressful things you can do. Well in my experience selling and buying a home with children in tow is the most stressful thing I have ever done. Now don’t get me wrong I am grateful for being in a position to purchase a new home, but boy am I glad that’s over and we are settling in.
Throughout the process I was very aware of how stressed out I was and made every effort to not transfer that stress to my little guys. This was a big change for them leaving the only home they’ve ever known so I made an effort to make the transitions as smooth as possible for them. Here are 3 things I did to make moving less stressful on my kids and myself.
Tips For Moving With Kids #1- Pack Their Room Last
It was important to me that our little guys still have a safe haven to turn to during this transitional period. And even though the walls in every room where bare and their was a massive wall of boxes in our living room their rooms remained untouched for as long as possible. Although, secretly I did pack their off-season clothes while they played in the backyard, but aside for that the surface of their rooms remained the same until two days before the move. You may think this would cause more stress than its worth but with a little planning it really wasn’t that big of a deal.
Tips For Moving With Kids #2- Get A Babysitter
On the actual day of moving not only can it be quite traumatic for the little ones to see their stuff being removed from their home (if they aren’t happy about going) but they also have a tendency to want to “help”. So to save everyone any un needed stress arrange a playdate/sleepover with grandma or a friend to avoid the inevitable breakdown from either you or them.
Tips For Moving With Kids #3- Unpack Their Rooms First
The first rooms we tackled upon moving in our new home were the boys. Not only did it help them to settle in quicker it also gave them a place to play without the worries of tripping over boxes while we unpacked the remainder of the house. Which again is a plus for the entire family.
As I said initially this moving process was certainly stressful but doing these three simple tips helped keep the added “mommy stress” at bay.
Have you ever moved with kids? What were some of the challenges you faced while doing so?