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Moving Tips: Keep children occupied when moving

It is important to keep children occupied when moving.

It is important to keep children occupied when moving.

The moving process can be difficult, and this can be compounded if you have young children. It is important to keep children occupied during moving. Moving large items quickly can not only be made more difficult by children hanging around, but it could put them in harm’s way. However, with forethought, there are ways to ensure that children are both out of the way and still happy during the move.

The first idea could be easy if the move is a short one. Having the children babysat by a friend or family member would be easy. This way, they would be out of the way, and wouldn't be bored, either. But, if the move is far away, this would not work. However, there are other options, as well.

If the move includes a long road trip, ensure that the children have activities to take part in while in the car. This could include games to play as the family drives past different landmarks or license plates. Also, toys and games they can play by themselves may be quite useful, as well. Maybe you can buy them a present they can use in the car to help them cope with a big move? This could calm their anxiety and ensure they have fun on the trip.

Be sure to allow your child to go to the bathroom and eat every couple hours. Stops may slow the progress, but it will make it more enjoyable. Getting out of the car for a few minutes to stretch can make everyone more comfortable and happier.

When finally at the new home, it may be nice to put furniture in the children's room first. This could get them out of the way, and they can enjoy their new place. If they are old enough, having them help with small boxes and other items could make them feel more involved. In addition, unpacking items may be easier for them to handle. Giving them a tour of the new home can help them get a feel for their new surroundings and it possibly will make them feel better about the move, overall.

Having a child sit with their hands folded during the process isn't good for anyone, but being perceptive of their needs can go a long way to make sure they will enjoy the process as much as possible.