Moving can be stressful enough on a grown adult—but things can become even more complicated when there are school-aged children involved. Fortunately, there are some special considerations that all parents and guardians can plan for in order to make an upcoming move as smooth and seamless as possible for kids.
Parents should start by taking the specific needs and personalities of their children into consideration. Some children, by their very nature, are more sensitive to changes in environment. One common source of stress for school-aged children during a move, for example, is that of having to switch to a new school during the middle of the school year. This is where moving during the summer months (if possible) or taking measures to acclimate children to a new school ahead of time can make all the difference.
On the day of the move, curious children might be tempted to play around with moving boxes and equipment (such as moving dollies), but it’s important to understand the hazards that can come along with these types of activities. Parents should go out of their way to educate their children of these dangers ahead of time and keep a close eye on them during all stages of the move. If possible, sending children to a relative’s house nearby during the packing process may be best.
Sense of Stability
Most children seek a sense of stability and familiarity when moving to a new place, so take steps ahead of time to help your child(ren) settle in as soon as possible. Consider, for example, packing an “essentials bag” of your kids’ favorite toys, video games, and/or favorite stuffed animals so they will have access to them during the first night in a new place.
Moving can be stressful for people of all ages, and parents of school-aged children should take special precautions to make the transition go as smoothly as possible. For more help in planning a stress-free move, contact our professionals at A.C. White Relocations!