While Golan’s Moving and Storage can transport your valuable items and furniture without a scratch, they cannot move your most precious cargo—your children. To make sure your kids have a smooth transition, remember C.H.I.L.D.R.E.N. as indicated in the following steps:
Even before you find your new home, tell your kids a move is on the horizon in order to give them time to adjust to the impending change.
Give your children simple chores to help with the move. Depending on their age, they can send change-of-address cards to their friends or clean out their closet and pack their own clothes and toys.
Golan’s is happy to provide, at no charge, change of address cards:
Make an effort to include the kids on house-hunts. Ask for their input. This will make them feel important and involved. And they may make some relevant points!
Although relocating can be extremely stressful, especially if you’re dealing with an unwanted job transfer, try to maintain a positive attitude so you don’t cause a chain reaction of stress onto your children.
Bring your children to the new neighborhood before the move. Check out the stores and schools and sites they will inhabit to acquaint them with their new surroundings.
Kids fear change and the unknown, so take time to reassure them that they can still keep in contact with their old friends and neighbors. Perhaps have a going-away party where kids can say their farewells and parents can exchange emails and addresses if a more gradual good-bye is needed.
Make the relocating as fun as possible. Give your children colorful markers to decorate their moving boxes. Pack their favorite toys, snacks and DVDs for the journey to their new home. Create a CD of sing-along songs for the car ride.
Keep an eye on your child during and after the move to ensure they are coping in a healthy way to the major change in their life.
By remembering C.H.I.L.D.R.E.N., your kids may not drag their feet to their new home. They may actually enjoy the process or, at least, feel empowered by it.