Moving with kids can be challenging. Chances are you have a few extra hands excited to help with packing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to help you get done faster. Kids love being involved with what mom and dad are doing, especially at a young age, but it can be tough to get things done and can add stress for parents. Here are a few ways to make moving fun for kids.
Help with Purging
We often talk about making sure you have time to purge your belongings before you move. It saves you money on moving costs and helps get rid of items you don’t need. Turn your purging into a game for kids. Have them help you create a keep, donate, and trash pile. You’ll be surprised how willing they are to help you.
Give the Kids Empty Boxes
Every kid loves to have their own boxes to push, climb, pack and stack. Give your kids some boxes and let them have at it! They will find something fun to do with them and keep them entertained while the parents try to pack.
Break out the Craft Supplies
What kid doesn’t like to add a little creative flair to a plain box? Grab the markers, crayons, and colored pencils, and let your kids draw all sorts of creations. They will see their parents writing on the boxes and will want to do the same.
Get the Kids Excited for Your New House
We are all more willing to do something when we are excited about it. Packing and moving might not be overly fun, but your kids will be more excited about it if they have something to look forward to at your new house. Have your kids pick out something new for their room or something for their playroom. You can take this in many directions, but anything will make moving fun for kids.
Grab some extra cleaning supplies for kids
Cleaning isn’t usually an adult’s favorite pastime, but younger kids love to be involved. Grab an extra sponge or put them in charge of the dustpan. They might not be professional cleaners just yet, but they are extra hands, it keeps them busy, and they can help you check items off your to-do list.
Moving is a journey that can take several weeks, and it can be stressful for both parents and children. As you navigate through the changes, be sure to make moving fun for the kids and yourself. Take breaks, go out to eat, visit your new neighborhood if you can, and give yourself some grace. Moving is one of the most stressful life moments. Take a second to take it all in and have some fun!