Preparing Children for a Move

Moving expert Cindy Borup shares tips on helping children make a smooth transition from one home to the next.
Related To:

Tips for a smooth transition:

  • Write the date you are moving on the family calendar, so your child is well aware of when it is happening.
  • If your children are older, have them pack up their own rooms or favorite items. Supply them with markers, crayons, stickers and labels so they can decorate their own boxes.
  • Take pictures or video of the new home or town, so they become familiar with the new surroundings.
  • Make a folder for each child that includes brochures about their new city such as theaters, libraries, parks and sports teams. Be sure to include information on activities they enjoy.
  • Get a large map of the new area. Locate and mark several of the places you have discussed as well as where the new house will be.
  • Ask your children to draw a picture of how they will arrange and decorate their new room. You could even help make a floor plan.
  • A going-away party is a great way to create some lasting memories from the "old" home. Have your children help plan the event. Have a special address book at the party where their friends can write down their contact information.
  • Another ideas for the party is to buy a plain T-shirt for your child and ask their friends to sign or write a special message on it.
  • Give each of your child's friends a postcard that has already been stamped and addressed with your new address, and ask them to send a note after the move.
  • Make your child a snack bag for moving day.

Next Up

5 Tips for a Kid-Friendly, Pet-Friendly Move

Keep your kids and pets safe on moving day and ease them into their new home with these tips.

Back-to-School Organization

Organization is key for avoiding stressful school mornings. We've asked real moms and professional organizers to share their advice for making hectic mornings as stress-free as possible.

7 Tips for Designing a Garden for Special Needs Kids

Make your garden a rewarding space for kids by adding water and removing chaos.

10 Tips for Family-Friendly Design

Got kids? Check out these dos and don'ts for putting together rooms that will stand up to family life and still look fabulous.

5 Tips for Childproofing Your Home

How to safeguard toddlers in the most serious problem areas

Kid-Friendly Bathroom Design

Resist the temptation to micro-size. Kid-friendly bathroom design begins with the selection of smart and stylish design fixtures that accommodate the needs of a growing family - both children and adults.

Day at the Circus Kids' Birthday Party

Throw a birthday party that's more fun than a three-ring circus.

Preparing Children for a Move

These 10 tips will help kids make a smooth transition to a new home.

Cook Meals for a Month

Find out how you can cook for a day and then eat for a month.

Planning a Patio

Think about your existing backyard when planning your patio remodel.