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How to Conduct a Long Distance Move with Kids

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    How to Conduct a Long Distance Move with Kids

    Any move can be a pretty stressful process, but it only gets even more so when you throw kids into the mix. So what do you do when you have to move to work or for another reason, but you have to both break the news to your kids, and uproot their individual lives on top of your’s?

     

    This is a really intimidating process, and will probably come with a lot of tears or push back, but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. All you can do as a parent is try to prepare your kids as much as possible, and try to help them lessen or avoid the stresses involved with relocation. Follow our tips below to try and make the entire process a little smoother. 

    Prepare Them as Much as Possible

    To start things off, don’t try to avoid breaking the news to your kids, or wait until it’s a week or a month before your move to let them know that their lives are about to change. Try to sit them down and break the news to them in a way that takes their feelings into account, and explains to them why this move is necessary, and while it’ll be good for them (especially if it’s for work). 

     

    If they have concerns, fears, opinions or general push back for the move itself, have them write them down and also let them speak freely about their opinions and thoughts on the matter. This is a huge transition that will also hugely affect them and their lives – don’t downplay it and don’t invalidate them or their emotions!

     

    Try to also present them with some materials to get them a little excited about where they’re moving with some facts about the area or maybe some fun things they’ll be able to do once you get there. 

    Packing

    Packing can be really stressful for not only you, but your kids too – especially if they’re younger. It’s understandable that they don’t want to leave their home or where they feel the most secure just to travel to a new place that they don’t even know anything about. 

     

    Try to help them out with the process and in sorting through their things (if they’re comfortable with that) and see what you can do to make the process easier for them.

    Heading to Your New Home

    Once everything is packed up and ready to go, it’s time to head to your new home. Make sure to pack a cooler with snacks and drinks to keep your kids happy, and stop pretty often to let them get some energy out. If they’re younger, try to think of some fun car game to play with them, or bring movies to watch. 

    You’ve done it! You’ve successfully quick the right movers and have moved long-distance with your kids (hopefully with minimal dramatics). Now, it’s time to help your kids pick their rooms, unpack, and let them customize and make their spaces their own.

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