Children have their own particular ways on how they see things, about their activities and about what is going on in the home could affect them. Moving with Children shouldn’t be as terrifying as you may think, yes they need some extra special attention and of course your patience but take a few key points on board and it may just be a lot easier than you think. Keep them in the know! Making them aware long beforehand about the move is a good idea, while always highlighting the positive and better reasons for the move e.g. bigger house, a cool school, and new friends and so on. Every child has their individual way to explore new experiences, so make this a great one.
With mixed emotions about the process you might at some point dreading the move. It may seem hard, but don’t let your child pick up on any negativity as this could make them more anxious and less willing. It may be worth preparing yourself for all the questions your child may ask you about the move like ‘why are we going to a new house?’ or ‘will I be able to still stay in touch with my old friends?’ Along with that try to keep your children involved; let them help you, by letting them pick and choose the things that are most important to them. Discussing with them how their new bedroom will look like, or about new attractions can act as a motivational factor.
It could also be a good idea to use this time to declutter the room with things you were thinking to put away for charity for a long time. Keep familiar items so your child does not feel the move as dramatic as they might without the things they are used to seeing around them. It might be fun for your children to pack some of their own boxes to give a greater sense of involvement and control over their things or something like a ‘survival kit’ of essentials, or the ‘special toys box’. In the likelihood of using a removals company, let the toy boxes or children items be the last boxes to load on so that they are offloaded first on the other side. Atlantic International have moved single people, couples, workers and whole families. With experienced crew, flexibility is a key where your special requirements can certainly be met.
Last but not least, have a party! Goodbyes can be difficult, particularly for children. Let them know that they will be missed and that they have the opportunity to have good memories and to create new ones. They can take pictures with their friends and family, a picture of their bedroom or even of their street or door number. Things like this make it a little more fun and moreover gives a better chance to get all the contact details they need to keep in touch.
If this is a long distance move you would’ve most probably already travelled before your items reach you at destination. Long journeys can be exhausting for children, try and keep them occupied by giving them paper and pen to draw ideas for their new room for example. In the circumstances of a temporary accommodation you may need to arrange storage of your items to leave you enough time to be ready to receive and start settling in your new place. If you are unable to arrange some sort of care for your children on the day then the next best idea may be to keep them busy during the shift or assign them small duties as ‘little helpers’ to ensure they do not feel disturbed or unsettled. Ideally they would have been told what exactly to expect on the day of the move and it may just be worthwhile getting to the property way before the removal team do so children can get an idea of what is where and a feel of their new home.
Give furniture fittings priority and try not to unpack toy boxes straight away until the big things are out of the way. Once all items have been moved into your property don’t get in to a sudden panic to unpack everything at once. While it may seem a good idea to get everything in place, over and done with, the first night at home with children is most important. Relax and try to unpack minimal things at first so not to make the place feel congested or uneasy for the kids.
Last bits of advice
It only seems natural if your child might not want to be left alone to play in a new surrounding. You might see them following you around the house. It will help if you try to stick as close to their previous routine as possible with meal times and bedtime. It could take a few days for the whole move process to sink in or even longer, in any case try to make as much time for them as you can. Try to make sure the move process is not during a school term time, which will be a big hassle saver for the whole family. When the havoc and chaos of it all settles down; that might be the right time to start introducing your children to local areas like a park or nearby places. Let them ease into their new environment, at the same time free yourself from stress and take things as they come.
One of the best ways to minimise downtime of a home move is to use a professional moving company. Atlantic International Shipping undertake all UK, European and International moves. Using a professional moving company means your belongings can be wrapped packed and delivered to your new home is a fraction of the time compared to undertaking an entire home move through use of friends and family. Also you don’t have to break your back! You can request a free quotation for your move.