For Parents: Moving With Children

Content created by the AWVS Leadership Team

“Moving with kids? We get it—it’s a big deal. Changing schools, leaving friends, and saying goodbye to a beloved bedroom can be tough. But here’s the good news: kids are amazingly adaptable. With a little help from grown-ups, you can minimize the tears and fears that often come with moving. While every child and family is unique, we’ve put together our top 15 tips to make moving with children as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

  1. Be Transparent: Tell your kids why and when you’re moving as soon as plans are finalized. Use simple, direct language they’ll understand. Kids pick up on household vibes, so it’s best to be upfront early on. Keep them informed every step of the way; it’ll make the move easier for everyone.
  2. Involve Your Kids: From picking a new house to packing up treasures, make moving a family event. Let them help choose the new home, pack their belongings, and even decide on room decorations. The more involved they are, the more they’ll feel a part of the process.
  3. Take a Recon Trip: If possible, visit your new town with your kids before the move. Explore kid-friendly places like parks and ice cream shops. Familiarizing them with their new surroundings can help them feel more at home when you make the move.
  4. Join the Club: Get involved in social or civic clubs that interest your kids. Volunteer with them, explore arts organizations, or get active in sports. Making new friends and engaging in activities they love can ease the transition.
  5. Check In: After the move, set aside time to talk with your kids about how they’re feeling. Even if everything seems fine, it’s important to keep communication open. Special one-on-one time can help them open up.
  6. Connect With Other Parents: Tap into your social networks or local parent groups to meet new friends for both you and your kids. Playgroups and story times are great ways to connect with other families.
  7. Throw a Party: Once you’re settled in the new house, celebrate with a housewarming party. Let your kids help plan it, design the menu, and invite neighbors. It’s a fun way to make new friends and celebrate your move.
  8. Plan a Visit: Schedule a trip back to your old town to visit old friends. Knowing there’s a visit on the calendar can comfort your kids and give them something to look forward to.
  9. Give Yourself Time: Moving involves unexpected moments, so build in some buffer time for delays. Consider using portable moving containers for flexibility and to keep your focus on your kids throughout the process.
  10. Ask for Help: Enlist support from friends, family, or babysitters to spend time with your kids on moving day or during the moving process. This gives you the flexibility to get things done while ensuring your kids are cared for.
  11. Prioritize Kids’ Rooms: Pack and unpack your kids’ rooms last and first. This gives them the most time in their old room and helps them feel comfortable in their new space right away.
  12. Visit the Library: Get your kids a library card and explore your new community together. Check out children’s books about moving and join local library programs to meet new friends.
  13. Learn More: Check out our blog for more moving tips to keep your family sane during the move. Even if you’re not moving to one of our featured cities, you’ll find valuable information about relocating with kids, your move, and your new home.
  14. Trust Your Instincts: You know your kids better than anyone. Pay attention to their moods and behaviors and reassure them during the move. Even a simple hug can go a long way in comforting them during this time of change.

Remember, moving is stressful for everyone, but with a little planning and a lot of love, you can help your kids adjust to their new home and make the experience a positive one for the whole family.

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