Kids are often the most affected by their parents’ decision to relocate and, thus, should be the top priority for relocation assistance in both the physical and psychological aspects. Said assistance can come from both the parents and the professionals of the PA moving company although it must be said that the latter will mostly provide the physical aspect for obvious reasons.
Parents, here are a few ways to ease the transition for your kids.
Carry On with the Normal Routines
Even when every member of the household is involved in packing the items for moving and storing purposes, parents are well-advised to carry on with the normal routines as much as possible. The kids even the teenagers already have too many things to deal with – packing their things, saying goodbye to friends, and attending to their school activities, for example – without the adults adding to their burdens.
You may also want to consider relocation assistance for kids in the form of psychological counseling. This is true for children with a strong sense of attachment who will understandably be more upset at the relocation.
Keep Communication Open
Kids should also have a say, so to speak, on the relocation plans. Let them express their issues, concerns and feelings about the relocation, which will be valuable in making a smoother transition from the old to the new place. Family meetings and conversations at the dinner table and at bedtime are the best venues for such purpose.
When discussing the relocation plans with your kids, be sure to use age-appropriate explanations while also being honest about the reasons for your decision. You will be surprised at the types of relocation assistance that kids can also extend to adults; think of them actually taking an inventory of their material possessions; deciding the items for packing, for storage and for donations; and moving their own small boxes, among others.
Assign Age-appropriate Responsibilities
To let kids in on the action of relocation, you can also assign age-appropriate responsibilities. For example, the teenagers can pack their own bedrooms while the pre-teens can look after their younger siblings while the parents are packing the items in the rest of the house.
Such assignments will make the relocation as a family project, not just an adult project. The kids will then feel part of the activities instead of being left out, not to mention that this is a good training ground for their adulthood.
Provide Assistance to Kids
Kids are just kids, thus, their packing skills are not exactly in the league of adults with experience in the matter. Actual relocation assistance is then essential especially when the kids are packing their personal belongings in their bedrooms.
Your assistance can include providing guidance on what should be kept and what should be donated; showing the kids how to pack certain items like clothes, toys and other personal effects; and giving them the right supplies for the job. You should also praise your kids for a job well done.
With the kids ready for moving, thanks to your physical and psychological relocation assistance, the PA moving company hired for the job will then have an easier time at it.