Are you losing sleep thinking about your upcoming move and wondering how you’re going to get through it with a couple of young children?
Moving with toddlers is definitely a challenge for most parents, but there are ways to make it easier.
If one of your big challenges is figuring out how to help your children cope with your move, keep reading.
We are going to give you three tips that may help you with this as you get ready to move.
Moving with Toddlers: How to Help Kids Cope with a Move
Focus on Keeping as Much Consistency as Possible
Consistency is a word you could describe as predictable, the same, expected, and so on, and it is a word you’ll hear a lot if you talk to pediatricians, teachers, or child psychologists.
It’s a popular word because it’s such an important quality kids need.
Young children, such as toddlers, rely on consistency.
They operate on it.
They crave it.
They need it.
Their brains depend on it.
Consistency in a child’s life makes a child feel safe, and this is why repetition with kids is so important.
Repetition trains a child’s brain on what to expect and feel while moving is an event that disrupts consistency.
Suddenly, you’re at a new place. Your bedtime changes.
You eat different things and see different people.
Everything is new and different.
Your brain doesn’t know how to respond, so you act out.
You feel scared, maybe, or nervous.
Really, you aren’t sure how you feel.
You just know things are not how they usually are.
This scenario is how a child may feel during a move.
To help the child cope, keep things as normal as possible.
Let Them Express Their Feelings and Freely Talk to Them About It
Even though toddlers might not talk a lot, most still talk, and they all feel.
It might be helpful for you to sit down with them to talk about the move.
When you do, stay positive and empathetic.
Tell them what is happening and why, and explain how exciting it will be.
Then, let them talk. If they are sad, they may cry.
If they are confused, they may appear angry.
These are all normal expressions from toddlers whenever any major change occurs.
Find Ways to Reduce the Stress of Moving with Toddlers
The Child Mind Institute reports that kids have the ability to feel things their parents are feeling.
If a parent feels stressed, the child will sense this and may also feel stressed simply from witnessing and feeling the things the parent feels.
Therefore, if you feel anxious, scared, and stressed out, your children will have a greater chance of feeling these things too.
Does this also mean that if you feel content, happy, and peaceful that your children will too?
Most likely, yes.
A great way to help toddlers cope is by finding ways to reduce the stress you feel yourself from preparing for the move.
Hiring a moving company, for example, is a great option.
When you hire out your move, the movers will take this burden from you.
Just make sure you hire one that also offers the service of moving specialty items to make sure they can complete the entire move for you.
Educate Yourself to Find More Ways to Prepare for Moving
Moving is detailed, time-consuming, and hard, but it is a part of life that also offers so many great benefits.
As you prepare for moving with toddlers, read the rest of our blog to learn more about ways you can prepare for the move and help your little ones cope.