Moving home can be stressful no matter the circumstances. However, when you have small children, the stress levels can raise quite a bit! Nevertheless, this is nothing that a bit of planning and preparation cannot fix. If you are planning to move home and you have small kids, read on for some helpful tips that can make the process go a lot smoother…

Keep your children involved

Children love to feel like they are involved. They are probably excited and they want to help! Of course, in most cases, when your child wants to help, they are usually just going to get in the way. After all, their form of help probably means throwing around boxes or unpacking before you even arrive. However, you can give them small tasks that will help to make them feel included while also keeping them busy so that you can get on with the important stuff.

Enlist help

Don’t turn down any help that is offered to you. And, what if no one offers to help? Ask them! If you don’t ask, you don’t get! Speak to your family and friends and ask if they would be willing to look after your children while you pack. This does not necessarily mean you need to drive your child to a family member’s house. Someone could come to you and simply play with your children so you can get packed.

Celebrate as a family

Moving to a new home is a big deal, and so you should celebrate it! For example, why not pack a picnic for you to have at your new place once you arrive?

Plan meals and snacks accordingly

A plan is a necessity when moving home with children. You need to make sure that you plan your child’s meals and snacks accordingly. After all, it’s not like you can just rely on a Chinese takeaway for your toddler once you get to your new place.

Choose a removal service with care

Last but not least, when looking for a professional removalist to assist with your move, you should not merely select the first or cheapest company you lay your eyes on. Look for a firm that has plenty of experience and has handled lots of different moves before. Take the time to read reviews that have been left by previous customers, especially those with small children. This will give you a great insight into the level of service they provide, as well as their flexibility.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for moving home with your small children. There is no denying that moving home can be a very stressful yet exciting experience. Nevertheless, this is not something you simply need to accept. There are plenty of ways you can minimise the stress, and the tips provided above are a great starting point.

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Shona Mackin is a mum to a little boy and massive Bernese Mountain Dog fur baby. In her previous (and current) life, she is the owner of social media agency socialface. As a serial entrepreneur, she aimed to design her businesses to do what she wanted, when she wanted… at least thats what she thought, until she found out her babies had a better plan. Thankfully her former former life as a dancer gave her oodles of flexibility and determination to roll with whatever each new day throws her way… sometimes… other days coffee helps in the morning and wine in the evening or a time out in a hot shower to block out the noise.