Uprooting can come hard on your children, especially youngsters. I know, because I myself am a mom who went through the process, and as much as it may be exciting to move to another city, it’s still one of the major changes that a child can experience. The sense of familiarity and belonging is what smaller children thrive on, and this big change may be frightening to them so you need to find a way to make it as easy on them as possible. On top of that, you need to think about packing, organizing, transportation, and finally, moving into your new place. It may seem like a lot to handle, but trust me when I say that all it takes is good organizing and thorough planning in order to get it right. So, for any parent who is reading this while preparing for a move, I’m listing several tips that may help make the move easier – both for you and your toddler.
First things first, try to look at the move from your child’s perspective. Kids love routine and predictability, and the news that their family is moving may come as a shock to them, so be sure to talk to them on time and prepare them beforehand. Don’t expect them to be thrilled about the change –they may start to act out and throw a fit, but you need to remain calm and be understanding about the whole situation. Listen to what they have to say, acknowledge their sadness, and most importantly, be patient. If you also feel anxious about leaving the familiar place, share that with your child, but try to be as positive about it as you can. What I did is I explained to my kid the benefits of moving to a different city to cheer him up, and I kept him busy by having him plan out his tasks and projects he needed to do once we move into our new home.
Another tip I’d like to emphasize when it comes to moving is to start packing in advance. Start with the things you don’t really use on a daily basis such as off-season clothing and shoes, as well as seasonal decor. Cutting costs is important when moving to a new city, so be sure to get free boxes and label them so that you know what each box holds and prevent fragile items from getting damaged or breaking during the move. If you’ve got older kids, consider assigning them with tasks such as packing their clothes or cleaning their rooms so they feel like they’re contributing. Pack the essentials and only bring those items that you know you will use once you move. As for the rest, consider gifting them, or donating them to a charity. Another thing you’ll need to think about is transportation – we used a ute hire deal which is a great option for transporting bulkier items. You can choose a rental vehicle that fits your needs and use it to move your belongings to another city with minimal hassle.
After a big part of moving was finalized, the next step was to adjust to the new surroundings. Now, before we moved, I went online and forwarded our mail so we don’t miss out on any of our bills. The first couple of days after the move were hectic, and I remember I couldn’t wait until everything was unpacked and we’ve finally settled in. Of course, because of our toddler, the first thing I did as we unboxed our furnishings is I childproofed our new living space with soft corner guards. To make it more familiar to our child, we arranged his new bedroom the way it was arranged in our previous home and unpacked his favorite toys to create a sense of security. We also made sure that his routine remained consistent, feeding and bathing him as we usually would. It took some time until it started to feel like a home, but what’s important is that we actually managed to survive this huge change!
Moving to a new city is no easy task, especially when a toddler is involved. It does take time, it does take effort, and it certainly does take a lot of patience, but at the end of the day, if you just keep things organized and do your best to stay on top of everything, you will make the transition much smoother.