Jump to content
  • Dana Wurzburger

    How to make moving easier for your kids

    Planning a move? Make it easier on your kids by following these words of advice from a mom of toddler twins.


    My husband and I have moved a few times since getting married. Moving is not fun by any means (especially in Chicago where you have to get creative with rental truck parking, lots of stairs, etc.), but we’ve always managed it by renting a truck and coaxing friends to help us with the promise of pizza and beer.

    Our most recent move was different because now we have twin toddlers who bring more “baggage” (sorry, couldn’t resist) into the equation. After living through this move and talking to friends who have had similar experiences, we created a list of ways we eased the transition (and what we had wished we had done differently!).

    Talk about the move ahead of time
    Explain where they are going, what to expect in terms of housing, daycare/school, friends and parks/museums. Go to their favorite places for the last time for closure, and talk about the fun places near their new home. Assure them their toys and beds/furniture are moving with you, and name all the people in the family (including pets!) to let them know that everyone is coming with them.

    Listen to what they say and help address concerns
    They likely have anxieties about the move and can express them in their own way.

    Have the kids help pack
    Although it is not faster, they will feel like they are helping with the process. Let your kids carry their favorite toys for security during the move. Pack all their essentials for traveling together (pack and play, feeding paraphernalia, changes of clothes, snacks) so you won’t be scrambling to find the necessities for bedtime, bath time, etc. during the transition.

    Say goodbye to every room in the house (or sing the Goodbye Song)
    Set up their toys and furniture first. Even if the rest of the house is a disaster, they will feel more settled when they come into their bedrooms for the first time. If possible, set up the rooms similar to their old rooms.

    Avoid other big transitions around the same time
    Don’t start potty training or change into a big-kid bed if your children are used to sleeping in their cribs.

    Make time for friends, especially if you are moving far away 
    A quick stroller walk for coffee with a good friend will help you stop and breathe, and your kids will definitely notice your less-stressed mood.

    Call in favors for babysitting
    You'll need it during the packing and moving process. If the kids can stay with friends or family on moving day, you can focus on being the moving point person without also making sure there isn’t a child underfoot.

    Consider buying the kids a moving toy that would be special and also serve as a distraction.

    Related articles:
    Frequently un-asked real estate questions
    The best kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago
    How to make traveling with kids less awful

    Dana Wurzburger

    More related articles

    Kids' therapy: Trust your instincts and speak up early

    My advice as a physical therapist and as a parent? Trust your instincts. YOU know your child best.

    Kids always making you late? Try these tips for on-time arrivals.

    Use these tips to keep you and your kids on time during your busy morning routine.

    How to become an anti-racist parent

    Anti-racist resources to guide you in your work to dismantle anti-Blackness for your children, and everyone's children.

    10 things I taught my daughters to prevent bullying

    This mom knows her daughters won’t dish out or take any type of bullying behavior because of the 10 philosophies her family lives by.

  • Join NPN!
    Become a part of our Chicago parenting community. Learn about member benefits and start connecting to other city parents today!

Privacy Policy Membership Terms

© 2022 Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago

  • Create New...

Important Information

Thank you for visiting our site. Browsing this site is an acceptance of our We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. and Terms of Use.