Moving is always challenging, but it can be even more difficult with young children. Along with the stress on your children who are leaving behind friends and a familiar home, there’s also the stress of trying to pack up a house and coordinate a move with kids who probably aren’t going to make the process easier. If you have just bought a home for sale in Irvine or are planning to buy and move, here are some easy ways to make your move smoother and stress-free.
Get Help with the Kids
While it’s great to get help with the move, you probably need more help with the kids than packing the house. Ask friends or family members to pitch in and watch the kids. They can entertain the kids in another area of the house or take them out for the day to help you focus and make it easier for you to pack up toys and other items that may cause a meltdown or distraction.
Do Your Packing at Night
A lot of parents find it easiest to pack up the house slowly while the kids are sleeping. If you try to pack during the day, you may find a little helper undoing everything you do as soon as your back is turned. Leave a single box of toys out until the very end so the kids have something to play with. Nighttime is also perfect for getting rid of items you don’t want the kids to see leaving.
Have the Kids Help When Possible
Your instincts may tell you to keep the kids from worrying about packing by handling everything, but kids will want to feel like they have control over what’s happening. Make the kids part of the move and help them see it as something to look forward to and not be afraid of. Pack a suitcase for everyone to use during the move. Give each child a suitcase with pockets and help them pick out clothes, toiletries, and a few favorite toys for the ride. You can also give them an age-appropriate level of control in choosing what should be packed first in their room.
The whole family can benefit from viewing the move as an adventure, not a sad goodbye. Have a family meeting and plan out the moving route. You can mark interesting places you want to visit along the way with input from the kids. Have the kids plot out routes from the new house to their new school, a nearby park, the movie theater, and other places they like to go. Giving kids an opportunity to offer input and make some decisions about the move can help them feel more in control and ease feelings of anger and sadness. Planning ahead can also reduce your stress level while giving the kids time to adjust to the idea of moving. If you and your children are planning to move to a new location, consider the many amazing homes and condos for sale in Irvine, CA. Get in touch with Irvine Residential Living today to start your search for your dream home. To speak with one of our knowledgeable agents, call us at 714-454-6304 today.