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Guest Post: Tips on How to Make Moving with Kids Easier

Moving with kids can be difficult on both children and parents. Below is a guest post from Mary of the family-centered blog Raising Dick and Jane with tips on making moving with kids less stressful. 

My family is so lucky to finally be in a home that we love and that our children feel safe in. However, it wasn’t too long ago when we were transitioning to our new home from the old home our children were born in. When we were preparing to move, I mistakenly assumed that, since the children were young (two and under), they wouldn’t be affected by our move. Boy was I wrong! I completely underestimated the emotions my children would feel and exhibit during this time. I am hoping today to help you prepare for your adventures in moving with kids and give you some tips on how to calm the fears that they may be having, allowing you to save yourself from any unneeded frustration.

A little back story: Our move was a bit of a mess to begin with, which I am sure didn’t make my daughters transition to their new home any easier. We actually sold our house BEFORE finding a new one and were lucky enough to be able to stay with my parents until we found our perfect home. My parents home was a place where my children were familiar and felt loved. I thought that they would love spending a few weeks “camping out” at grandma and grandpas. However, we found that while they loved the time spent with their grandparents, they eventually tired out from all of the over stimulation and just wanted to go home. The problem was… there was no home to go to. All of their toys and belongings were in boxes and they began to miss the comfort of their own possessions. Thankfully, it wasn’t too long after that we found our dream home. The only problem was it needed a complete remodel.

We began on the demolition work right away and then brought our daughter to see “her new home.” She cried. This was not home to her and it was a mess. What was I thinking? I had just assumed that she would be as excited over this new adventure as we were and had just strapped her in for a ride she wasn’t ready for. Instead, moving with kids was becoming a challenge.

I started to notice something was wrong when my daughter, about 2 years old at the time, started throwing the worst temper tantrums I have ever seen. My mother and I now joke about how we thought her head was going to start turning around like something out of a horror film. Now I understand that she was simply acting poorly because she didn’t have the skills yet to communicate her feelings with us about the move. This can be very frustrating for parents of young children. How do you know how to help if they can’t tell you what’s wrong? Luckily we finally put two and two together on our own and started taking steps to help make the transition of moving easier on her.

Here are a few of the things we did (and should have done from the beginning) to make moving with kids less scary for your little ones:

1. Leave special items un-packed and with the child during the move such as a blanket, doll, toy or stuffed animal. These items will help bring a sense of comfort to your child when they are away from home. (plus, who wants to be digging through boxes at 8pm with a screaming kid to find their missing Mr. Snuggles?)

2. Listen to your child’s behavior. If they are acting uncomfortable with the move try and have things ready for them when they arrive. It may be easier to transition into a home that already looks like home instead of a torn apart home in shambles.

3. Hire {good} help. The less time living in chaos the better.

4. Keep the kids involved. We made the mistake of not taking our kids along when we house hunted, assuming they would get in the way and make it harder for us to make the right decision. But think about it… isn’t house hunting and dreaming one of the most fun parts of moving? So go ahead, let them run through the house to pick their room out too.

5. Make it fun. I remember when I moved around as a kid, we always had the tradition of making a picnic on the kitchen floor and ordering a pizza for our first meal in the new home. It was a time for bonding, sharing excitement over the new house and it was a picnic… picnics are a fun time for kids, not scary!

6. Make it yours. When we moved into our new home we made it ours by planting a flower in honor of each kid. It was a special moment for them that gave them a sense of ownership.

7. Visit your new town. Go for a walk! Show your kids all the new and exciting places in their new city. Extra points if you can find a playground or park.

8. Let them help decorate their rooms. Moving with kids into a new home provides a blank canvas, so let the creativity flow!

9. Don’t show fear. Kids are great at picking up on even the slightest hint of fear and anxiety and, because they love and trust you, they too will start to feel your worry with you. Show them with your attitude and actions that this is a good thing and it will help to lower their anxiety.

Moving can be an amazing adventure for a family and can lead to wonderful new experiences! Enjoy your move and make it a memorable time for your family. Remember: the time to start building your families memories in your new home is now.


Written by Mary from Raising Dick and Jane blog. 
 Mary is a mid-Michigan mom who writes about the importance of raising her kids the old fashioned way.
Join her on their blog, on Facebook and/or on Twitter (@RaisingDickJane)!

Disclaimer: The guest blogger was compensated for her post.

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