The Long Haul: Choosing The Right Time To Move With Kids

The Long Haul: Choosing The Right Time To Move With Kids

 

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Moving home is never an easy decision to make. With all of the work to be done and the money to be spent, it’s easy to see why most people won’t jump at the chance to carry out this sort of job. It only gets harder when you throw kids into the mix. A lot of parents make the mistake of moving their children at the wrong time during their life. Of course, though, judging this is incredibly hard. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the areas you need to consider.

Before you start with that, though, it’s a good idea to understand why this sort of work is important. When you’re kids are growing up, big change and different surroundings can make life hard for them. In a lot of cases, they will be very attached to their old home, and the simple act of moving will be very emotional. Even with the best interstate moving companies on offer, it will be impossible to make this sort of job easy. Below, you can find some of the biggest areas to think about.

Areas To Consider

Different places offer different levels of schooling. Moving to a place with a better education system can be a good idea in some cases, but you have to do it at the right time. If you do it before they start, their schooling won’t be impacted. During their first few years, though, a move would make their life very hard.

Along with their work being disrupted by your move, they will also lose friendships if you decide to move at the wrong time. Moving to a new school can be very hard. Most of the other children will already have friends, and your child will be dealing with the loss of their old ones. To avoid this, moving before school starts is a great way to go. Or, you could wait until they’re older, and their friendships become more portable.

School isn’t the only area to consider, though. Along with this, you also have to think about the future of your children, and how the move will impact that. If you’re moving to a quiet place with very few jobs, you could make it hard for your kids when they leave school. To avoid this, you should always make sure that their future jobs are in mind when you’re choosing your location.

Finally, it’s time to consider space. As your family grows, it’s likely that your home will have to grow with them. Of course, though, you don’t want to wait until you need more space to get it. Instead, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and invest in a home which will fit the family you’ve planned for. Sometimes, you have less control over this area. So, if you have to move with young kids, it’s best to go somewhere close.

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what can be done when you’re trying to figure out the best time to move with your kids. In most cases, it’s best to avoid moving altogether when you have little ones. If you have to, though, you should always work to find the right time.

A Happy Toddler Means A Stress-Free Move

A Happy Toddler Means A Stress-Free Move

 

 

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Look at any list of stressful life events and house move will be nestled right up there among divorce and death, and that is without even factoring in toddlers. That cranks it up to a whole new level of stress. We’re talking stress-o-meter level of eleven.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the end of the bad news either because, moving house used to be that thing we did once, maybe twice, in our lives. Not anymore. With it harder than ever to get on the ladder, moving house is becoming way more frequent and that means, well, you know what that means.

So to help you out with all future moves you have to endure with your little ones, we have compiled a list of super useful advice to turn that stress-o-meter back down to a two or a three. That’s like when a fly buzzes around your kitchen, which is manageable.

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  1. Only hire local moving services that will pack your possessions as well as move them. Yes, it is going to cost you a little bit more but you can’t put a price on how much stress this is going to take out of the equation. There will be no trying to dismantle sofas as your toddler insists on bouncing on them or anything like that.
  2. Talk to your toddler about the move and make it interesting for them. You can even go one step further by reading them a story about what it is like to move from an apartment to a house, like Shirley Hughes’ Moving Molly. Anything to get them excited will reduce the stress you feel.
  3. The first room you should focus on when you arrive at your new place is theirs. Forget everything else and just make their room as magical and beautiful and as much like their old room as possible. It could even be worth packing the things from their room into your car so you aren’t waiting at the other end.

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  1. You cannot go wrong with a moving day present. This is going to be a big deal to them, and a little disconcerting and a massive overhaul, and your stress won’t be helping. So to reduce everyone’s anxiousness, wrap a little something and leave it in their new room for them to discover.
  2. Make it as fun as possible from the start to the finish. This will help you forget about the stresses and help you see the fun side too. It could be that you make up a packing away song. Let them pack a box. Have a mission to make this a fresh green clean start. Be silly and dance around as you go. Spend your first night in the new place camping out in the living room and have a massive game of hide and seek the next morning. The more fun you have the less stressful the move (and life) will be.
  3. Make sure you have thought about food and snacks and drinks. No one is happy when they are hungry and no one is smiling when they are thirsty, especially not children. So make sure you don’t pack all of your food and drink, and make sure you have thought about the car journey, and make sure you have their favourite dinner and dessert on hand for your first night. Full tummies mean happy toddlers, which mean stress-free parents.