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How to Make Moving Merry When Kids are Involved! (Part Two)

February 26, 2010

Moving Day is coming soon, here are 5 more ideas to help make the transition to your new home less stressful (and even fun) for the children involved.

  • Make a family wish list.  One of the best ways to acclimate your child to change is to emphasize the positive opportunities they’ll be presented with once the family makes the adjustment.  Write a list of all of the things your child wants to do once the family is settled in the new home.  By encouraging your child to get involved with extracurricular activities that align with existing interests, you’ll not only keep them busy but help them to feel more at home in their new surroundings.  Activities such a as sports, gymnastics, theater and art classes will also be a great way for your kids to make new friends.
  • Pack a treasure box.  It’s no secret that children can become very attached to their belongings.  That’s why Coldwell Banker Preferred suggests giving your child his / her own packing box to decorate however they would like and to pack up their favorite things.  Keep the box close by throughout the move.  This way your child can be sure those precious items will not be left behind.
  • Let loose your child’s creativity.  Kids will appreciate being involved in decorating their new house – especially when it comes to their own room!  Bring home paint swatches so that your child can choose a color for the walls.  Then follow up with a special day where he / she can shop for a new comforter, furniture, etc.  Being reasonable with his / her selection and allowing your child to be creative will help make the transition smoother – after all, it’s only paint!
  • Help your kids create an address book.  Staying in touch with friends has never been easier.  Help your child collect phone numbers, mailing and email addresses for everyone they would like to keep in touch with.  Then show him / her how easy it is to send an email.  People are using the Internet  more and more to ‘speak’ with each other anytime and from anywhere with just the click of a button.  By showing your child how simple it can be to keep in touch with old friends, they are sure to feel more at ease about the move. 
  • Pre-plan a housewarming party with friends from the old neighborhood. Saying goodbye to friends can be difficult for parents and their children.  Before the big moving day arrives, plan a gathering at your new home with pals from the old neighborhood.  Having a date set in advance will help your child to see that just because the family is leaving behind a particular home, does not mean they are leaving behind friends.   

Children adapt quickly, and by incorporating some of these ideas into your move, they will be ready, willing, and excited for the new adventures ahead!  Your positive and enthusiastic attitude will go a long way to make Moving Day an enjoyable success. 

If you have any questions about moving, I am always glad to share my experience and ideas – give me a call!


Patty Cunningham, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Preferred
390 Waterloo Blvd, Suite 101
Exton, PA 19341
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F. 484.356.0540
C. 610.659.4669 
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