Helping Children Prepare for the Move

Moving for anyone brings many stressors, even if it is a good move. For young children, this disruption of their normal routine and home can be especially stressful. They usually have lots of questions and tend to take on their parents’ attitude towards the move. Here at Georgetown Moving and Storage Company, we want your move to be as positive an experience as possible for your whole family.
The following are some hints to help ease your young child’s transition from one home to their new home.

BEFORE THE MOVE
1. Visit your new residence with your child, if possible. Discuss which room will be theirs. Help them plan where their furniture will go. Take pictures of the community around your new residence to talk to your child about later.
 
2. Correlate the packing for the move to the packing for a trip. Most kids have taken trips before and understand the need to pack things for a vacation. Instead of using all suitcases, this time you will be using mostly boxes.

3. Pickup some moving boxes ahead of time from Georgetown Moving and Storage Company supply division. Assembly the boxes with your child’s help.
 
4. Give them their own “Open Me First Box.” This box should be the first box that your child opens at their new home. Have them decorate the box with markers, colored pencils, and stickers. Help your child gather items they want to put in their “Open Me First” box. Some important things to include in the box are a few of your child’s favorite toys, a pair of pajamas, items from family and friends, photos, and maybe even a surprise gift. Don’t seal it shut until the last day, because you might need to put treasures that will be needed up until the day of the move.

5. Share the responsibility with your child for making an “Open Me First Box” for your pet too. While collecting items, you can review the moving process.

6. Contact Georgetown Moving and Storage Company in advance. Ask if the movers could spend five minutes before they get started on the move, to spend a few minutes assuring your child that they would take care of their belongings.

7. Plan an activity for your child to participate in for the day of your move. Maybe they could spend the day at a relative’s house or go on an outing with a friend.

DAY OF THE MOVE
Have the person who your child is spending the moving day with, arrive a few minutes before the movers. When the movers arrive, give them three or four minutes to assure your child that they will take good care of their belongings. Maybe one of the movers could help your child seal up their “Open Me First” box. Then have your child depart for their special day.
Our goal at Georgetown Moving and Storage Company is to make your move as pleasant and stress free as possible. This includes not just you, but your children also. Following these hints will help to reduce some unnecessary anxiety for your child.

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