Moving with Children

 Trying to break the news to your children about moving? Let RE/MAX Whatcom County Inc. help you consider the feelings of those in your family.

There is a lot to do when planning a move, but keeping your children involved is key. Here is a checklist for parents to follow, so that the children don't get lost in the shuffle.

Telling the Children

  • Generate some conversation about your new home and area by asking your children what they already know. Parents can provide maps, books, information from the Internet and more! This is a fun way to get everyone excited about the change.
  • Provide your children with an address book so that they can keep track of family members and friends that they may want to keep in contact with.
  • Throw a “going away” party and invite all of your children's friends and classmates.
  • Spend time visiting some of your children's favorite places, such as the library, park or swimming pool.
  • Create a blueprint of each child's new room and allow them to design the layout of their furniture and personal belongings.
Packing
  • Preparing to move is an excellent time to sort through things that could be donated to charity or turned into cash. You and your children may want to separate your things into four specific categories:
    • Things you want to take with you to your new home
    • Things you want to toss in the garbage
    • Things you would like to donate to charity
    • Things for a garage sale
  • Create a checklist so that your child(ren) can feel a sense of accomplishment when they have completed a certain task.
  • Have your child(ren) design a label or sticker that can be used to differentiate their items from the rest of the family's. This will give them a sense of importance.
  • The first night in a house is always a little scary for everyone. It is important to make sure that each child has some familiar things around such as a blanket, favorite pajamas or special toy.
  • Make sure there are plenty of activities, such as travel games, books, cds and DVDs for the trip.
Settling In
  • It is important to go over your new address with your child(ren). Try to have them memorize it as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your children's new rooms are designed to their specifacation so that they feel comfortable.
  • It is important to get outside and tour the neighborhood or take a drive and visit some new places around the community.
  • E-mail old friends and neighbors to let them know about your new home and community.