Preparing Your Kids for an Interstate Move

There are many reasons why an interstate move is stressful. You’ll have to go through all the tasks involved in a move, such as decluttering your home, working with a moving company for your family, packing all of your valuables properly, and adjusting to a new home and community. On top of that, you’ll still have to consider the distance involved. When you’re an adult, all of these factors can feel overwhelming, and even more so for your children. Usually, they don’t have an idea of what’s going on, and managing their behavior during an interstate move can add to your burden. Steer away from experiencing this kind of situation by following these tips.

Get to Know the Area as Early as Possible

Once you already know where you’re moving, take time to know the area. Research the neighborhood and the businesses that operate there. You can also look into the lifestyle of the locals, especially among the children. Once you relay this information to your kids, you’ll be able to prepare them for what to expect. If the new area is similar to your current neighborhood, tell your kids about it. This information will make them feel less scared, making it easier for them to adjust.

Scout for Childcare or Preschool in the New Area

If your kids are already attending school, it’s important that you choose childcare or preschool in your area that meets their needs. Since your kids will be transferees, you should do this immediately so he or she can easily catch up with the educational requirements. Doing this also helps your kids make new friends in the area. Because of these newfound friends, your kids will fit right in, as if they’ve already lived there for years.

Take your Kids to the New House Before Moving in

One of the reasons why kids don’t take a move positively is because they may have this notion that some of their valuables will be left behind. If you’re going to move to a smaller house, make your kids feel at ease by telling them that all of their toys or clothes will be bought to the new location.

Aside from the house, you can also take them to nearby establishments in the area. If some of their favorites are accessible from the new house, they might eventually feel excited about their interstate move.

Always Involve Your Kids in the Process

Having your kids feel left out during the interstate move is the last thing you want to happen. Although hiring movers from NYC can be a good idea, don’t forget to encourage and let your kids help in the move. You can have them clean their rooms or pack all of their valuables. Doing this will not only make your tasks become lighter, but it will also help the kids prepare for what’s about to happen.

Allow Them to Feel Sad

Regardless of how short or long you have been staying in your current house, your kids probably have fond memories. This neighborhood might be where they first learned how to ride a bike or meet their best friends. If your kids are sad because of the move, let them. Validate their feelings and always be there for them when they need a friend. As a parent or guardian, reassure them that they can still make a lot of new friends from the new area and they can continually communicate with the old ones. Let them feel that none of their friends will be left behind.

Accompany your Kids to Say Goodbye

Saying goodbye is probably one of the hardest things to do when moving. This is especially true for your kids. But instead of leaving the area feeling sad, let your kids leave with happy memories. Accompany them visit some of their favorite places in the neighborhood. Take a walk in the park, visit your local ice cream shop or just sit around in your home’s patio. You can even take pictures if you like!

If your time and budget permits, you can also schedule a going-away dinner weeks before leaving. This can become the perfect venue for your friends to reminisce about all the fun memories you and your kids had in the neighborhood. Make sure to invite all of your kids’ playmates, too. Let them have fun during this time.

A Little Help Won’t Hurt

Moving from one location to another might be difficult, but when everyone in the family is cooperating, things can become easier. You’ll have allies to help you throughout the entire move, allowing you to do more tasks without compromising anything on your plate. Using this information can turn things around for your next interstate move – just make sure that you remain patient with your kids!

Dianne Abonita is with Roadway Moving – Movers NYC, a ProMover certified by the American Moving & Storage Association.