Most adults consider moving a disruptive and stressful experience, and it's even more so when you are moving
with kids. Nevertheless, modern families move more often than previous generations did, and moving to an
apartment with kids is just part of life. But just because moving is a regular occurrence doesn't mean it needs to be
made harder than necessary. Below we've gathered six ways to make moving to an apartment just a little bit
easier on kids, and by extension, adults.
1. Give Your Kids Time
Tell your kids ahead of time about an upcoming move. Give them 2-3 months notice if at all possible. Sometimes,
moving to an apartment happens on short notice, but always try to give your kids as much time as you can to
prepare for the move.
2. Give Your Kids a Semblance of Control
One of the things that makes moving more difficult for kids that they usually have little say in where or when their
parents are moving to an apartment. Kids thrive on routine, and changes can be scary, especially when they affect
their surroundings and social circle in the way a move does. Giving back a little bit of control to the kids will go a
long way in making the transition smoother for all parties involved. It doesn't take much: if the apartment is nearby,
drive by and point it out to the kids, or if the move is long-distance show the child pictures of their new home. If
possible, let the kids pick out their rooms, or maybe even pick paint colors before moving. Talk about activities you
can do together in the new place, and visit or look up nearby schools, stores, or playgrounds. All these little things
make the new home real to the kids and will help them begin to prepare by imagining their new life after the move.
3. Try to Schedule Your Move During The Summer
If at all possible, try to schedule your move during the summer months, after the school year has ended. Moving to
an apartment during the summer, lets kids start the new school at the same time as the other students. It's easier
to make friends at the beginning of the school year than it is later on when friendship groups form.
4. Be Positive About the Move
Kids look to adults for clues on how to manage their feelings during changes like moving to an apartment. Moving
is stressful and challenging for most parents, but try to focus on the positive aspects of moving when your child is
in earshot. When children see that you are excited and positive about the prospect of moving, they will be excited
and positive too.
5. Keep the Move Fun
There are lots of games you can play with your children to make the moving to an apartment more interesting for
them. Older kids can help label or even decorate moving boxes. Younger children might have more fun if you
make up a silly moving-song in a familiar tune, then you can sing it together as you pack and move. You can also
let children help pack, and hide little surprises in between the things they are packing, like small toys, stickers, or
even candy. Making a moving day playlist that you can play in the car, or moving truck, as you drive to the new
apartment is also a fun idea.
6. After the Move
As soon as you are moved into the new apartment, make finishing your child's room a priority. It can be difficult for
children to feel at home if their room is full of packed boxes, even if their bed can be slept in. It is a good idea to
limit other changes during the move. If your child is about to outgrow their bed, for example, consider letting them
keep the old bed until they are settled in the new place, and then make the changes in furniture. If possible,
decorate and arrange furniture in your child's room in the new apartment to look like their old room. Children often
feel safer when they are around things that are familiar to them.
Hopefully, these tips will make moving to an apartment just a little bit easier, if not downright fun, both for the kids,
and the adults involved.