1. Schedule a family meeting to tell your kids about why you are moving and where you are going. Order some of their favorite foods. Get them excited about the move and your new house.
2. Get your kids feedback, especially the older kids. If you can, take them to your top house choices and get their thoughts. Or if you are moving out of state, show them pictures online. You may be surprised; they could help you make the final decision.
3. Go through all the clutter. Spend some time going through all your things and put them into piles; Keep, Throw away, and Give away. This is a great chance for you to teach your kids about giving to people that are less fortunate.
4. Have a Garage Sale. After you get everything into piles, come up with a plan for the money you will make from selling some things. For example, the money could go towards a new family TV or something for the kid’s playroom.
5. Get your kids involved with designing their new rooms. If you have older kids; give them a budget and let them pick out paint, pictures, colors, etc. for their new room. For the younger ones, bring them along and let them show you something they might like in their new room.
6. If you are moving far away you may want to self address envelopes and hand them out to your kids’ most important friends and family members. They can send them a letter during the first few weeks when everyone may start to feel homesick.
7. Pack a box or suitcase for each kid and label it “[kids name] FIRST.” Ask your kids to pick a couple of their favorite toys, games, books, etc. to put in the box. If you have real little ones then you can pack some of their favorite things. Also, pack some of your kid’s favorite snacks in this box too. Make sure to put this box in to the car last, take it out first and then your kids have something to do while you are unpacking.
8. Once all your boxes, furniture, etc. have been moved in to your home, set up the kids rooms first. Moving can be a long process so you want to make sure you kids feel comfortable as soon as possible.
9. Spread the move out over a couple of days if you can. Trying to move your entire house in one day can be very stressful and tiresome, which then makes you irritable and grumpy and is no good for anyone especially your kids. Also over those few days, enlist help. If you have a couple of days your more likely to find at least one family member or friend that is available to help.
10. Once you are settled in (at least the main things) take a tour through your new community. Let you kids help plan a day or a weekend with activities and things they like to do in your new area. This is a great way to get the kids involved and to get to know where you are living.
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