Moving is stressful. Moving with kids is really stressful. Moving to a new state or far distance with kids is well...overwhelming at times. Just like with many things in life, a big move is going to be stressful on some level no matter what you do. However, there are some simple steps that you can take to significantly reduce the amount of stress your family feels during this time so you can focus on the positives of the situation. As your Mount Pleasant relocation specialist, I am here to tell you that if you follow the advice I'm sharing with you in todays post, your move will be dramatically easier from start to finish!
Collaborate With Your Spouse
Once you and your spouse have learned that you need to move or have made that decision together, you need to sit down and make a plan together. Write out exactly how you want to handle the details, who will be responsible for what, and how you will budget your moving expenses. It is also a good idea to sketch out a timeline with deadlines for when certain things need to be done. For example, all boxes need to be packed within three weeks. Having everything mapped out on paper, agreed upon, and easy to reference will help keep you focused and calm.
Talk To The Kids About What To Expect
I can understand you might be nervous to tell the children about the move but putting it off will only make things worse! You and your spouse need to call a mandatory family moving as soon as the move has been decided and let the kids know what is happening. The more that your children have a clear understanding of the process and know what to expect the healthier their mindset will be throughout the move. Since children aren't granted the right to make these calls they can feel helpless about big decisions but telling them what to expect can help ease those pains.
Allow Your Child To Participate In The Process
While the big decisions are up to you as their parents, it is also a good idea to include your kids in the moving process as much as you can. Allowing them to help choose what items they want to bring versus donate or sell is a great start. From there, you might also consider allowing them to choose their own bedroom or at least choose the paint color for their new bedroom. Measures like these also go a long way in easing that helpless feeling kids often experience in a big move.
Maintain Your Routine As Much As Possible
Routines are a great source of comfort for children. Therefore, if you have a normal routine in place it is important that you maintain that as much as possible! Not just leading up to the move but after you have arrived in your new home as well. With so many changes surrounding them, it can be very comforting to at least know what to expect from their day-to-day life and routine.
Let Them Feel Safe To Share Their Feelings
Sometimes physical symptoms can manifest in children as a result of a move. It is important that you frequently express to your children that they are welcome to openly and honestly express how they are feeling about everything. Not just emotionally, but physically as well. If your child comes down with suspicious symptoms that you believe are an effort to avoid going to their new school, you should at least honor the possibility that they could be real symptoms that have manifested from stress and act accordingly.
Thinking Of Moving Your Family To Mount Pleasant?
I could go on forever about all of the reasons why anyone would be lucky to raise their family in our stunning seaside suburb! So if you are still on the fence or are finally convinced and ready to start your home search in Mount Pleasant give me a call! As your Mount Pleasant relocation specialist, I will make every step of the home buying process as easy and financially beneficial for you as possible. Oh, and don’t forget to grab your copy of my Definitive Guide To Relocating To Mt. Pleasant!