Moving across country to a new area with children? Not surprisingly, you'll have more to think about than when you were just moving as a single person or as a childless couple. For example, you'll need to check out what school district a potential home is assigned to. Even packing up for your big move requires more foresight when there are children in the picture. So if you're planning a big move, check out additional reading that can help reduce some of your moving stress as well as that of your children below.
Pull Important Documents
One of the first things you will need to do when you hit the ground in your new hometown is to register your children for school. Unfortunately, some parents forget to put aside important documents, such as their children's birth certificates and social security cards, when packing up their homes. When thrown into a random unmarked box, these documents can be very difficult to find in a pinch. And these are documents that many school systems require in order to register your children for school. So when you're getting ready for the movers, make sure to:
Packing Your Kids Rooms
Once your children's rooms have been packed up, make sure to mark those boxes as ones to be opened first so that your kids can get their rooms set up. It will give them something to do while you're busy setting up the rest of the house, and it may also be comforting to them to have a familiar setup to retreat to if they start feeling stressed by the move.
Hire a Professional Moving Company
When you were single and moving across town, you probably moved your belongings with the help of a few friends. But, now, your family owns a lot more "stuff" and even your best friends aren't going to have the time to go across the country to help you move. So it's time to hire a professional moving company. There are a number of advantages to hiring a professional company. For instance, some companies will do all the packing up of your belongings, which will give you more time to help your children adjust to the move.
Before selecting a moving company, though, you will need to:
Have Your Children Help in the Home Selection Process
According to Parents.com, your children will be more excited about the move if they are involved in helping you find a new home. You can also take them shopping for a few new items for their rooms.
Check Out the Dates for Leagues and Sports
If your children love to be involved in a certain sport, make sure to check with the school system and local leagues about registration dates. For instance, you should:
Moving can be stressful, but these tips could help your children adjust to their new home more quickly.Share