How to Make Moving Less Stressful for Your Kids

Posted on: 6 April 2016


It has been well documented that one of the moment stressful events in a person's life is moving house. And if you think that moving across Australia is going to be stressful for you, then just imagine how stressful it could be for your young kids. This is why it's essential to have some tactics up your sleeve so that the move doesn't cause your kids insane amounts of stress. Here's what you can do to make the move somewhat easier on them.

Let them pack up their own rooms. Any time you give your kids agency over a project, they are likely to care about it more and actually enjoy the task. This ranges from getting them to put veggies in the blender so they eat a healthy pasta sauce to packing up their bedroom themselves. Of course, you should have some strategy about grouping items together in certain boxes, but you can help them with this. Make it a fun task by getting them to label the boxes themselves and by allowing them to draw and paint on their own boxes for a personal touch.

Lean on the professionals. If you aren't on board with letting your kids pack boxes themselves, it's best to outsource the task entirely. It's a removalist's job to pack up your belongings, transport them, and unpack them in the most efficient way possible. If your move is speedy, then it's going to be less stressful for both you and your kids. You could even let them have a fun weekend trip with a friend while the whole house is being packed up so they don't have to endure the potentially traumatic experience of seeing the home they have always lived in being packed up in boxes. Once you drive them to their new home, everything will be unpacked and look exactly as it should, no stress involved.

Make trips to the new city beforehand. When you move to a new city or town, everything will be unfamiliar for your kids once they arrive. To get them accustomed to their new surroundings more easily, take a few trips to your new city before moving there. You can find special places like an ice cream place that you love or a cool roller rink. When your child begins to feel homesick and the novelty of moving wears thin, you can take them to these places, and they will feel like home. Good luck with your move!