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Now that you have your home settled, school chosen, and most of your items packed away, it’s time to begin the actual move. This is an especially sensitive time for you and your family, so maintaining a dialogue throughout this process will keep everyone happy. There are always a few loose ends to tie up before the move, so keep these tips in mind. The most important thing is to continuously stay organized, maintaining all of the footwork you’ve done to build up to the big day. Stay positive, happy, and free of stress both for your own health and for your kids’ well being.
- Saying Goodbye: Allow your kids to say goodbye to their friends, home, and environment. Keep the party positive and encourage your children to say “see you soon” instead of goodbye.
- Let Them Explore: Allow them to experience and see the neighborhood for themselves. Once you’re settled in, host an arrival party and invite neighbors for them to meet.
- Make Moving a Fun Event: Make moving day fun and special for your children. Let them pack their own essential box ahead of time for them to take on the road. Encourage books, small games and puzzles, make as many games as you can out of of the road trip to distract and entertain them. It’s important to remind your family that you’re all doing this together- make an adventure out of it.
- Keep Them Active: Keep your kids busy in positive ways. Find activities that you did at your old home and recreate them for your children. Research extracurriculars to increase socialization, and help them pursue hobbies that will help your kids make new friends with similar interests.