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How To Prepare For A Move With Kids - Four Things Not To Forget

If you are moving to a new home, you probably have a lot of planning to do. Coordinating moving companies and dates can be hard enough, but getting your kids prepared and through a move needs to be planned out as well. Here are four things to remember when planning a move with kids involved.

1. Pack Your Child's Favorite Things Consciously 

It can be easy to just throw all of your child's toys and bedding in a box and send it on its way. You don't want to be blindly going through boxes the night before your move trying to find your child's teddy bear because it accidentally got packed. Make sure to pull out your child's favorite toy or two, books and a blanket so these can travel with your child and not with the movers.

2. Empower Kids with Packing Duties

No matter what age your kids are, they can help with the moving process. They'll feel involved and be a part of the process. Whether they are tasked with simpler duties, such as putting their bulkier toys in moving boxes, or paring down and packing up their wardrobe, finding age-appropriate tasks for your children will keep them motivated and excited about the process.

3. Consider Complicated Moving Plans

Depending on the complexity of your move, sometimes it is better if your kids spend a few days with relatives during the heavy lifting. There might be more factors involved such as multiple trips, coordination with movers, or trips to storage areas. Sometimes having kids around for the more intense parts of a move can be hard to handle. Make sure kids aren't lost in the shuffle when a moving project might get out of control.

4. Practice Safe Loading and Unloading Procedures

If your move is pretty standard but will involve movers, make sure that your kids are out of the way. Remember that movers and moving trucks might fascinate little ones. Be sure to supervise them and make sure that kids do not get underfoot. Before your moving company gets started, you can ask if your child can peek at their truck. During the process, make sure that they can watch the action from a safe vantage point.

Planning a move needs to be well thought out and organized. Don't forget about the needs of kids, who can be confused and stressed during this period of change in their lives. Make sure to involve and protect your kids during a move.