Moving is stressful for adults. Unfortunately, it can be even more difficult for kids. Between the new schools, new friends, new places, and new home, there are dozens of significant adjustments kids need to make during a move. If you’re moving with kids, you may be wondering how to make the process easier for your little ones. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to ease the stress of a move for your children and yourself. Here are the top pointers from our team: 5 Tips for Moving With Children No matter how old your kids are, these tips for moving with kids will transition less difficult for everyone: 1. Get the kids involved While the kids might not be able to hire the moving team and pack up the plates, there are dozens of age-appropriate ways to get kids involved in the experience. Here are a few ideas: Let kids pick their room in the new home. Get older children involved in running a yard sale. Let children choose the paint colors for their new rooms. Show the kids potential homes you’re looking at, and ask them what they like about each. Help kids pack up their toys, books, and personal items. Do some research together on fun new activities, attractions, and destinations in your new neighborhood. Just like adults, kids struggle with a lack of control. Fortunately, giving them age-appropriate choices and helping them get involved in the move can mitigate transition anxiety. 2. Leave yourself some time While some moves happen on a short timeline, others give you plenty of time to plan. If you have a few months (or even a few weeks) before your big move, use it to help your children and yourself prepare. Give kids as much information as possible about all aspects of the move: the process, what the new house will be like, what to expect from the new neighborhood or the new school, and how they’ll keep in touch with their old friends. It’s also smart to use this time to start handling some aspects of the move. Help your children start packing their out-of-season clothing or unused toys or books. Nobody likes a rushed move, and giving yourself plenty of time to plan will help reduce some of the stress associated with the process. Need a guide you can follow? Check out our moving timeline. Bonus tip: Save yourself extra time by getting a DIY virtual moving quote. Here at Gallo, we make it possible for customers to DIY their moving quotes with our convenient app. Alternatively, you can access a remote quote, where a member of our moving team will hop on Zoom and go through your house with you, asking questions along the way to churn out an accurate estimate. Both options save you time and ensure an on-budget move. When moving day rolls around, we’ll also send you a text message with estimated arrival time when your crew is on the way so you have time to prepare. 3. Hire a family-friendly moving company If you’re planning to hire professional movers for your relocation, look for a family-friendly team that knows how to work with kids. Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, we pride ourselves on being a family-owned and operated moving company that treats your family like our family. We know how to work with children and take special care to make every household member feel at ease during the moving process. 4. Keep a routine Moving can interrupt your daily schedule. As much as you can, though, try to keep daily routines – like bed-, wake-up, and meal-times consistent. Kids thrive on consistency. Fortunately, keeping their important daily markers predictable and maintaining some structure will help them feel more settled throughout your transition. 5. Plan for the day of the move Make sure your little one has what they need on moving day by packing a “go bag.” This bag should contain everything your child needs to get through moving day, including a change of clothing, a few tasty snacks, their favorite toys, books, games, or blankets, any medication they may need, their toothbrush, and anything else that may bring them comfort (and keep them occupied) on the big day. Are you Moving With Kids? Gallo can Help! If you’re relocating with your family, Gallo Moving & Storage can help. Our team strives to make moving day as easy as possible for you and will go above and beyond to ensure that every member of your family is happy and comfortable at each phase of the process. Ready to learn more? Contact us today.