Moving to a new home or town can be one of the most stressful events no matter how many times you’ve done it. Whether you’re moving locally or long distance, the road to your new abode can be long and treacherous. The moving process itself requires meticulous planning, many provisions, and often a little bit of sacrifice. Add on the complexity of moving with children and your stress level could go through the roof. In this article, we share tips and advice for packing it up with kids in tow.

In a traditional move, especially for more than two rooms, you’d probably hire professional movers to transport your belongings to the new home. This approach requires a smart packing plan that includes calculations to procure the right number and variety of boxes, pads, bubble wrap, crates, tape, and other supplies. Another option that is growing in popularity at Roadway Moving is the premiere, white-glove moving service Roadway Black™. You can take the stress out of your move by letting Roadway take the wheel. Whether it’s assembling, disassembling, packing and unpacking or removing rubbish, customers are raving about the complete peace of mind the white-glove service provides throughout the entire process.

Depending on the distance of your new home and the age of your children you may need to consider new school districts, neighborhood safety and development, your daily commute, childcare, and a host of financial considerations. Additionally, if you are selling or renting your old home, you’ll need to be diligent about clearing the dwellings ahead of the move-in date. It’s an awful lot to juggle, but you’re not alone.

Here are six tips intended to help engage and inspire your children throughout the process:

  • Show them the new house before you move in: Plan to spend a little bit of time with them in your soon-to-be-new town. Show them the upside of change; i.e., better schools, more shops, fun activities. Take them to visit their new school and consider signing them up for an exciting class or sport which will help them make new friends faster. Also, consider scheduling an occasional sleepover with friends from the old neighborhood so your kids can maintain those relationships.
  • Assign them the labeling task: Let your children’s imagination run wild. Have them think of creative ways to make the labels stand out, perhaps with colored markers and stenciled drawings. Labeling boxes is commonplace, however, if you label with tape instead of writing directly on the box you can store and reuse them later.
  • Set expectations early and be transparent: If you’re making a huge move remember that it will be difficult for the kids to adjust socially at first. Share the reason for the move with your children. Whether it’s a change in jobs, a downsize, or significant life event, be honest with your kids about the impact it will have on their day-to-day routines.
  • Let them choose their new room: There’s something about a well-constructed dwelling. Encourage your kids to do some lite research to see what styles are trending and use their imagination to come up with a great look for their new room. Moreover, let them contribute to some of the activities in other parts of the house like painting and wallpapering.
  • Charge up the mobile devices for the big day: You and the kids spend a great deal of time on your mobile devices and moving day won’t be any different. You can help decrease anxiety and keep them entertained with an abundance of juice for the day.

Whether you’re moving locally or internationally, hiring the right moving professionals is just as important as finding the ideal home. Fortunately, there are many different options to choose from depending on your budget and the size of the move. You may choose to do it yourself, as it is perceived to be the most affordable option. But leaving it to chance could be a disastrous and costly decision. You need experienced movers with the resources and protections in place to give you peace of mind. Create a short list of movers. Be sure to check for online customer reviews and read some of the comments about the work and reliability. Overall, the experience should not be stressful or painful if you have the right professionals by your side. Choose the moving company that will guide you through a smooth transition into your new home.