“2020 has been full of challenges and now we’re pulling up stakes and moving to Vermont,” Stephanie said. “My three kids have already had a hard year, and now this. What’s the best way to make a move less stressful for kids?”
Children aren’t any more fond of change than adults are. Moving is one of the bigger stresses anyone ever goes through, and the fact that this move is happening during a time when normal routines have been disrupted by COVID can make things even tougher.
As an interstate moving company, we’ve found the following tactics can make a move less frightening and more enjoyable for children:
Be clear about where you’re going. If you have pictures of the new place, especially your kids’ new bedrooms, print them out and put them up where the kids can see them. It makes the whole move more real, and helps eliminate some of the uncertainty that causes anxiety.
Have a plan in place for staying in touch with friends and family. This may be one of the blessings of the pandemic – everyone has learned how to connect digitally. Make sure the kids know they will still be able to see their favorite people via Zoom, FaceTime, or however else you’re currently connected. And if visits “back home” are a realistic possibility in the future, let the kids know that too.
Let the pros do the heavy lifting. Lots of people don’t know this, but if you are not in a position to get everything packed up for your move, your interstate moving company can do that for you. There’s a charge for this service, but if the idea of trying to oversea the sorting, packing, and labelling of three kids’ worth of stuff makes you want to bang your head against the wall for a while, it’s nice to know you have options.