As you look to make your long-distance relocation, there are plenty of steps that you need to take. Not only does it take a significant amount of planning and preparation, but this can be even more complicated with children. If you are navigating a long-distance relocation with kids, consider these tips to make your transition a bit easier.
Ship Your Stuff
If you are managing a long-distance move, you need to ensure that your belongings get from one point to another. Consider hiring professionals to ship your belongings and handle the auto transport of your car, so that you can relax and focus on your kids.
Manage Their Expectations
For your kiddos, their age and development will dictate how you approach the move with them. You need to manage their expectations and let them know what to expect, and starting conversations with your kids about moving will be critically important. Particularly for kids who only have memories of this one house, it can be a massive adjustment, so you must focus your energy and time on their transition.
Pack With and Without Your Kids
It is important to have your kids involved in the packing process; however, children, particularly young children are not always the most helpful with it comes to packing. Let your kids help with the process to the extent that they can, but you may also want to spend some time packing when they are out of the house. If you need to, hire a sitter to take them out, keep them occupied and have some fun if they are hindering the process.
Homes hold quite a lot of sentimental value and this can make it hard to leave. If your kiddo is feeling sad about departing, allow them to create physical memories. Whether they take a photo of the house or some memento, this can help them remember their favorite memories.
Host a Goodbye Party
Whether you are a child or an adult, hosting a goodbye party is necessary to say a proper goodbye. While a farewell may be one of the last things that you want to do if you are feeling sentimental, getting all of your loved ones and community into a space to wish you well can be a wonderful and important event in the moving process.
Long-distance relocations are complicated and extensive processes and can be even more complicated when children are involved. While you may be worried about this big move, you can ease this transition for you and your family with these steps.