Moving with Kids: A Comprehensive Guide for a Smooth Relocation

Moving can be daunting, especially when you have children to consider. The excitement of a new home and adventure can be mixed with anxiety and uncertainty for both parents and kids alike. At Allied Thailand, we understand the challenges and emotions involved in moving with kids, and that's why we are here to provide a comprehensive guide to ensure a smooth relocation for your family.

Preparing for the Move

Preparing for the move is an essential factor when you have kids. This means communicating well, involving them in the plans and getting excited about the new area and house together!

Communicate Openly with Your Kids:
Children thrive on routine and familiarity, so breaking the news of a move can be unsettling. Begin the conversation early, allowing ample time for them to process the information and ask questions. Highlight the positive aspects of the move, such as new friends, exciting places, and new adventures, to help them see the potential benefits.

Involve Your Kids in the Planning:
To ease their anxiety, involve your children in the moving process. Let them participate in choosing new furniture, decorations, or the colour of their new room. This will help them feel a sense of ownership and excitement about the new home.

Research the New Area Together:
Take some time to explore the new city or neighbourhood with your kids. Visit parks, museums, and other family-friendly places, so they can start building positive associations with their new environment.

Packing and Organising

We understand that this part is a lot of work, but Allied will do the hard part for you- the moving! To ensure the smoothest move possible, it is advised to follow a few steps before the movers get there, including ensuring the house is clean before you start!

Declutter as a Family:
Moving presents an excellent opportunity to declutter your belongings. Encourage your kids to go through their toys, clothes, and belongings to decide what to keep, donate, or discard. This process reduces the number of items to pack and gives them a sense of control over their possessions. Here you will mark what's to be packed and what isn’t. Documenting these with photos is also helpful for insurance and peace of mind.

Create a Moving Schedule:
Moving with kids requires careful planning. Create a moving calendar and involve your children in it. Assign specific tasks to them, like packing their toys or helping with labelling boxes. This will instil a sense of responsibility and keep them engaged in the process.

Pack an "Essentials" Box:
Designate a box or bag for each child containing their favourite toys, clothes, and personal items. This "essentials" box will provide comfort and familiarity during the first few days in the new home, reducing the initial stress of the transition.

The Moving Day

Arrange Childcare for Moving Day:
On the actual moving day, consider arranging childcare for younger children. The moving process can be chaotic, and having a babysitter or family member look after the kids will allow you to focus on the move.

Create a Safe Space:
If your children will be present on a moving day, create a safe and designated area for them away from the hustle and bustle. Set up a playroom with their favourite toys or activities, ensuring their comfort and safety.

Prepare for Movers:
Make sure everything is packed and ready for movers with any labelling on boxes. Having at least one adult available at home means they can answer any questions and give them a walk-through with any information they might need to know when they arrive.

Moving with kids

Settling into the New Home

Unpack the Kids' Rooms First:
Upon arriving at your new home, prioritise unpacking the children's rooms. Having familiar items in place will provide a sense of security and make the new space feel like home.

Explore the New Neighbourhood Together:
Once you've settled in, explore the new neighbourhood with your kids. Walk or drive around to discover parks, playgrounds, and other places of interest. Encourage your children to interact with other kids in the area, helping them make new friends.

Maintain Routines:
Try to maintain familiar routines like mealtimes, bedtime rituals, and playtime activities as much as possible. Consistency will help your children feel more at ease in the new environment.

Helping Kids Adjust:
Moving can be emotionally challenging for kids, and they might experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Be patient and understanding with them during this period of adjustment. Encourage your children to express their feelings about the move openly. Create an open and supportive environment where they feel comfortable talking about their emotions.

Moving with kids can be a challenging yet rewarding experience for families. By involving your children in the process, maintaining routines, and providing emotional support, you can ensure a smooth and successful transition to your new home. At Allied Thailand, we understand the unique needs of families moving internationally and domestically, and we are committed to making your relocation as stress-free as possible. Remember, every journey begins with a single step, and with the right approach, your family will thrive in your new home. Happy moving!