Moving house is stressful for a number of reasons, but moving house with a child, especially a young one, is a task no one wants to undertake. You don’t want to confuse or your child, but you also don’t want to act as if everything’s the same. You don’t want to ignore your child, but there’s also a lot that you need to be getting on with. It’s hard, there’s no doubt about that, but luckily, there are some things that you can do (and avoid doing) to make your life a little easier.
Don’t Keep Them In The Dark
As soon as you know that you’re definitely moving, you should tell your child. Many people avoid doing this, as they fear it will give their child more time to worry, when, in fact, it gives your child more time to get used to the idea. Take a trip to your new home and show your child there new room, as well as any parks or activities nearby, so that they are at ease with the idea of moving come moving day.
Do Use A Delivery Company
Your life will be so much easier if you book a delivery company. This reduces the chance of you injuring yourself or dropping and breaking any of your belongings. If the delivery driver does it, they’re insured. If you want to reduce the hassle of finding a delivery company, use a website like Shiply, who will send you quotes for different ones. Read some Shiply reviews to find out how great they are for yourself.
Don’t Use A Packing Company
While packing companies are helpful and efficient, you will probably want to get the packing done on your own. This way, you know personally where everything is and will feel a little more in control in all of the madness.
Do Get Some Help
On moving day, you are going to need to focus on moving, and not on your child. For this reason, you will need to get someone to keep an eye on them. This could be anyone from your mother to a babysitter. As long as can give their full attention to your child, and keep them distracted from the mania of moving day, they are going to be a great help.
Do Pack Their Things Last
To help your child feel a little less weird and anxious about moving, you should have their room be the very last thing you pack up and ensure they have something to play with the entire day you move. Also ensure that you have a few boxes of essentials, like toys and games packed for them to open as soon as you get to the new house, to make them feel more at home. You could even have them help you pack these boxes, and choose some things they want.
Moving day is stressful and confusing for all of those involved, but hopefully, with these tips, your moving day will be a lot calmer for you and your child.
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