Whether moving across town or across the country, moving day is a stressful time for everyone involved. It doesn’t seem to matter if the move is anticipated with excitement or regrets and unhappiness. Moving a household is stressful. One way to lower stress is to use professionals such as local moving services in Virginia Beach, VA.
Stress is most apparent among the most vulnerable in your family—your children. One way to help ease the stress is to keep them occupied in positive activities during the move. Here are several suggestions that may help.
Children take their feeling cues from their parents. If you are acting happy about the changes, it is more likely the children will feel reassured and be happy also. You can keep them occupied during the packing by allowing them to help in ways appropriate for their age. Even a toddler can throw their toys in boxes. Older children can be encouraged to use this experience as an opportunity to pare down their possessions and donate extras to other children in need.
While on the road, games can be used to keep everyone occupied and alert. A familiar game is to name objects seen out the window starting with a letter of the alphabet. The next person looks for something starting with the next letter of the alphabet. School-age children particularly like this game.
Another activity is to discuss what will be missed from the old house and neighborhood, and what to look forward to. Involving and guiding children in discussion about the move will help reduce anxiety for everyone.
Tending to the basic needs of everyone during the move will also reduce stress. Making sure children are well-fed and have water is very helpful. Allowing for bathroom and stretch breaks will also keep everyone happier. A move that is well-planned is seen as an adventure by the whole family and an experience that is happily recalled later.