Moving from one home to another within the city or from one city to another is a problem for all. It becomes even more challenging when you have children with you, says Michael from Get Moving Geelong.
Having toddlers, infants and young kids can be a big headache and could make your moving plans quite tough. It requires right planning and having a checklist and understanding more about some proven tips that could make things easy to move with children in tow. We are happy to share some useful tips that may make things easy for those who are planning to move with children.
- ALWAYS ASK FOR HELP
Never hesitate to ask for help from family members. Some people may offer it voluntarily and if they do so, don’t hesitate to accept it. Those who know about moving will understand that it is a tough job and your well wishers will be ready to extend their helping hand as best as they can. There are many friends and relatives who come forward to help with packing of the belongings and other possessions. Others may help by taking care of the toddlers and the little one as the parents get into the finer points of packing and then making the belongings ready for moving. Hence, there is nothing wrong in seeking help because even superheroes will not find it easy to pack household belongings especially when they have young babies and children.
- FIND OUT WAY TO KEEP THE KIDS OCCUPIED
Kids can be tough to hand especially when your entire home is in a mess because of packing and ensuring that your belongings are ready for transportation. It would be a good idea to ensure that you give something unique and interesting to your kids. This will keep them occupied. You will be able to get those precious few hours to concentrate on your packing, moving and various other related jobs. You will not have to spend a fortune for the purpose. Simple things like pencil sets and coloring books is enough to keep them engaged and entertained as you complete your main job of packing. You also could set apart a DVD with a computer so that they could watch some cartoons and other such interesting stuff. In fact if you have children are above the age of three and between four to five years of age, they can help you with the packing of their own things and this is a good way to keep them engaged.
- MAKE USE OF THE TIME WHILE THEY ARE ASLEEP
A combination of young and naughty children and toddlers with the humungous task of packing and moving could be strenuous and tension filled. It also could be energy sapping. Hence, it would be a great idea to pack up things and make them ready for moving when the kids are asleep. You may have to change your sleeping pattern for a day or two so that you are able to make the most of the time that is available when the children are asleep.
- TAKE THE HELP OF YOUR PARTNER
Packing and moving could lead to disruption of a number of activities and your sleep could also be disturbed. It could lead to emotional problems. According to some studies moving is one of the most stressful activities, after a divorce or the death of a beloved one. Hence, it would be a great idea to take help on our partner and ensure that he or she chips in with the best possible help and assistance. You may have to empty your emotional feelings and your partner is the best person who can help you in this. If not for physical help in packing and moving, partners can be of great help in handling the emotional problems associated with packing and moving.
- TALK IT OVER WITH THE KID
Children, including toddlers and small ones are intelligent and they will certainly be aware that some change is happening in their home. They also may be a bit apprehensive and unsettled because of such changes. As parents, you must try and remove their fears. You can do this by getting them involved in the whole process and also talk them about the move and the changes that come with it.
- SPREAD THE MOVE OUT
We all believe and follow the concept of a single day. However, when you have children and toddlers in tow, will it not be a good idea to have more than a single moving day? There are no hard and fast rules that there should only be a single moving day. Phasing it for two or three days will be less demanding physically, mentally and emotionally. You also will have some breathing space to take care of the children properly.
- ALWAYS HIRE PROFESSIONAL MOVERS
Packing and moving without children is in itself a highly challenging task. When you have children to take care, the task becomes almost impossible. They will keep on disturbing the parents at regular intervals in spite of their best efforts to keep them engaged. Therefore, it will be a much better idea to engage professional movers to do the job
THE FINAL WORD
Packing and moving with children to tow is a tough job and it requires quite a bit of advance planning and being proactive. You cannot afford to be straight jacketed and rigid in your approach.