Bored Kids and Busy Parents: Making Moving Day Fun and Positive

Posted on 08 September, 2017 in Moving Home , Moving with children

Moving day is coming up fast and you're struggling to find ways to incorporate your kids into the activities. You want to make this a fun and positive experience for the whole family. It's normal for your children to feel lost or nervous because this is a big change for them; however, there are things you can do to reduce the stress and make moving day a memorable experience for your kids. 

Making Moving Day Fun for Your Kids

One way to help them feel more in control is to get your kids involved on moving day. You can make this fun to minimise the stress and anxiety your children might feel. Here are some simple tips: 

  • Create an address, email and phone book. You can have your child keep in touch with their friends by helping them create a contact book. This is easy with the internet being as all encompassing as it is today. Your child will have an easy and convenient way to keep in touch with their friends with all of their contact details in one place.
  • Decorate the moving boxes. If your kids like to draw and colour, let them decorate some of the moving boxes. Give them stickers, paints, pens and markers to help them create masterpieces on the sides of the boxes. This will keep them occupied and keep their minds off the moving process. When they finish decorating, they'll have something to show off, too.
  • Decorate your kid's rooms first. You can make your kids feel excited about the new move by allowing them to choose the colours and decorations for their new rooms. This will help them feel included, as well as giving you time to bond.  
  • Take time to hide surprises. While you're packing or unpacking, hide small surprises for your kids to find. These can be things like little pieces of candy or small toys. Your kids will find them while they are helping you and they will be excited to keep packing or unpacking.  
  • Have a housewarming party. Once you get settled and if you didn't move far away, let your kids have a small housewarming party for their friends. This will help your children realise that they're not going to lose their friends in the move. 
  • Let your child pick out something new for their room. In order to keep your kid excited about moving, let them pick something new out for their new room. This can be a small item like a lamp or nightlight, or something large like a new bedroom set or carpeting. 
  • Let your kids pack a special bag. If your children have a few toys or stuffed animals they can't be without, help them pack them into a special bag. This will help your kid from feeling overwhelmed when they see all of the unpacked boxes in the new house. 

Consider Hiring a Removalist Company

Moving is stressful in any situation, and with kids, it can be even more so. If you're overwhelmed at the thought of packing and moving with all of them helping you, a removalist company may be a good option. A reputable removalist company will come in, help you pack and transport your belongings, and help you unpack. A local moving company can take a lot of the stress out of the moving experience and it can streamline the process for everyone involved. This will make it easier for you to concentrate and not forget to do anything important you may have left to do before the move is complete.

Moving with your kids can seem like a huge transitional process, but you can easily make this a fun, new and exciting adventure for the whole family. Include your kids in the moving day activities and make this process something that they'll look back on and smile about someday. 

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