Long-distance moving can be stressful under any circumstances, but it can be an even greater challenge when children are involved. Goodbyes can be hard on all of us, but children are especially sensitive to relocation—and can sometimes be reluctant, or even stubborn to embracing the change.

That’s why it’s so important to plan major life changes far in advance—and to have a firm and solid plan of action that can prepare you and your children for a positive relocation experience. As experienced California movers, Move-Pros is here to help families make long-distance moving a breeze, even with kids. In this article, we’re going over some important ways you can make a move easier on the entire family, and how to create the most stress-free and enjoyable relocation possible.

1.  Talk to Your Children Early

Tell your kids about the move as soon as the decision has been made. By discussing the news with them and making them feel a part of the whole process, you can ease their worries and minimize any anxiety or fears. Highlight the exciting, positive changes that will occur and give them assurance that their toys and other precious belongings will be coming with them.

2.  Make Moving an Adventure

If your children are still anxious about this change, plan and schedule a fun activity or event in your brand-new city or town, and make moving an adventure. Research the area together and come up with a plan that everyone can get excited about—whether it’s a museum, a park, a zoo, or the beach—or even a fun pizzeria that you can visit for dinner on the day of the move. It can also help if this event becomes a daily topic of conversation, especially as moving day approaches.

3.  Start the Packing Process Early

Living with children means double, triple, or even quadruple the belongings—and packing it all takes a lot longer than most people plan for. Even small homes or apartments can take weeks to pack up properly, so take the time you’ll need to finish the job without rushing.  

If you’re pressed for time or having trouble getting organized, a trusted moving company like Move-Pross can help with custom moving services designed around your moving timeline. Our moving experts can help you get organized with a personalized moving calendar, comprehensive packing services, and much more—to make your moving process easy and stress-free.

4.  Share the Moving Experience With the Entire Family

Allow your kids to help with packing, as it’s beneficial for everyone to become involved with the process. Even the smallest toddlers in your household can help to put their toys and other belongings in boxes. If this seems stressful to smaller children, it’s possible that they may not completely understand the idea of long-distance moving, so make sure that they understand that the things being packed are going to the new house.

It can also help to turn packing into a fun activity. Let them decorate and label their boxes with stickers, markers, and other art supplies. This will also help them to know which boxes belong to them on the day of the move so that they can begin setting up their rooms (and adjusting to the different surroundings) in the new house.

5.  Introduce Your Children to the Moving Company Team

Experienced moving professionals care about your kids and pets as much as they care about your belongings. A good company will go the extra mile for your loved ones and try to minimize the stress to any degree they can by being professional, polite, and friendly.

At Move-Pros, we understand that change can be hard on everyone in the family—from the smallest member to the eldest. That’s why our team of professional movers is dedicated to helping our families feel comfortable during the move with polite and courteous moving services, and the efficiency and reliability necessary for a quick and painless move.

Moving to a new home can be challenging for you and your kids. However, by following the tips shared in this article, you can make the process a smooth and well-organized experience for the entire family.

If you’re in need of reliable and affordable California movers for your upcoming long-distance move with children, Move-Pros, an agent of Wheaton Worldwide Moving, can help. Give us a call today to learn more about our expert moving services, or fill out our online form for a free, personalized quote.