If there is one positive that has come from a Global Pandemic, it is that Covid has re-shaped how and where we work. The option for hybrid and fully remote working is now one of the top priorities of job seekers across the country. It has enabled people to move further outside cities and opt for a better work/life balance while drastically cutting down on time spent commuting.
With that said, moving with young children can be an exciting yet daunting prospect as I am currently figuring out at the moment. On the one hand, it offers the opportunity for a fresh start, new experiences, and exciting possibilities. On the other hand, it presents a series of unique logistical, practical, and emotional challenges that require careful consideration.
With thoughtful planning and preparation, it is possible to make the whole experience easier and more enjoyable for you, your family, and your children. This article will provide four tips for making the transition smoother.
Part 1: Preparation
The key to a successful move is preparation. Before you start packing up the house, it’s important to take the time to prepare your children for the journey ahead. Talk to them about the move and what it will entail; answer any questions they have and provide reassurance that they will be taken care of. There is no need to overwhelm them with too much information, but it is important to keep them in the loop and help them understand what the move will mean for them.
Get your kids involved in the preparation. This could mean, visiting the area multiple times, if possible, before the move and also check out potential schools and childcare facilities. Involve them in the process of enrolment in a new school to help them feel included in the decision. Choose a school that you and your child/children feel will be the best fit for them. You may receive numerous recommendations on different schools, however, it’s important to go and visit different schools and get a feel for them and their ethos before making any concrete decisions.
Talk to them and support them with the idea of new beginnings, making new friends and of course leaving old friends behind. Be sure to really listen to and validate their concerns and feelings. Reassure them that you will be there to support them and it’s ok to feel whatever they are feeling right now. However, stay confident and positive in your decision to move, even if you are scared too. If they believe that you are okay, they will be too.
Part 2: Packing
When packing up your house, it is a good idea to think about what items will be needed for your children first. You may think it will be a great idea to completely get everything new for them for bedrooms etc, however, old bedding, furniture, night light, toys etc. will serve as a comfort for them and enable them to settle a bit quicker into new surroundings.
It is also a good idea to label boxes clearly and pack room-by-room, so it is easy to unpack when you reach your new home. Make sure your children’s belongings are the last to be packed up and the first to be unpacked. Again, get them involved so they can be sure that everything they love hasn’t been left behind.
Part 3: Service Providers
Make sure you have researched the best service providers in your new area. For example: You can check on websites of Broadband providers if they cover a particular area and what deals /services they provide in those areas.
Arrange for any potential installations either before you arrive to your new home or on the day of. This will make things less stressful on you and your children.
Part 4: After the Move
The most important step after the move is settling in and establishing a routine. This will help your children feel safe and secure in their new environment. Create a comfortable space for them and spend time getting familiar with their new surroundings and introducing them to your new neighbourhood.
It’s important to find new activities and social opportunities for your children. If you have moved to a new town, look for local clubs, sports teams, and children’s groups that they can join.
You may also need to register your family with new doctors and other care providers as necessary. This can be done in advance if possible, or shortly after you arrive. Once everything is registered and settled into the new environment, your children can start to enjoy all the opportunities their new community offers.
Consider taking some time off work for the first couple of weeks to drop and collect your children to and from school. I found this an invaluable experience as it allows you to get to know other parents at the school, get familiar with children in your child’s class and creates a new experience that you and your child are going through together. If your child sees you making new friends, it will give them the confidence to the same.
Moving with young children is both a thrilling and challenging prospect. However, with careful preparation and planning, it can be a smoother and more enjoyable experience for you and your family.
The key point to remember is that thoughtful planning can make all the difference. If you’re organised and take the time to think through the logistical and practical challenges presented by a move, you will be able to tackle them more easily and ensure the whole experience is as stress-free as possible.
Please feel free to share your own tips with us. 😊