Moving overseas is one of the biggest adventures a family can go on. However, in amongst all the excitement is the fact that making such a big move can be a little daunting for the youngest members of your family. Parents may also be feeling a little daunted at the task of moving their kids to the other side of the world.
The truth is, while it is a big undertaking, it is by no means impossible, and because moving overseas is such a rewarding experience for your children it is something worth working for. So, to ensure your kids enjoy the move and you start your new life off on the right foot, here are our top five moving tips:
Keep Up the Routine
All parents will know how much easier things are when kids are allowed to stick to their routine. The slightest disruption can create all sorts of problems, and moving overseas is obviously an enormous disruption. To counteract the big disruption, you need to try and keep everything else as normal as possible. That means planning the packing and move, so they still get along to extra-curricular activities in the lead-up, and ensuring they have some of their favourite things around when it comes time to travel.
Let Them Help
Kids love responsibility, and depending on how old they are; they may actually be able to provide you with considerable assistance in the move. By involving them in the move it will keep them occupied so you can focus on the bigger picture, it will also make them feel as though they are part of the move and give them a sense of ownership and control over what is happening. This is invaluable in keeping them onside and behaved throughout the journey.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
It’s important to plan ahead and enlist help for when you just won’t be able to look after the kids and the move at the same time. For example, if you have young children, you don’t want them around if your moving services team are packing your house – it’s dangerous for your children, and it’s bad for progress. On days like this, a babysitter will be a godsend, so ask friends and family in advance and get the kids looked after for as much of the day as possible.
Give Yourself More Than Enough Time
Parents moving overseas with children need a lot more preparation and packing time than those moving overseas alone. Remember, children have a lot more things than adults do and they can’t pack it themselves. As a general rule, you need to double your packing and preparation time for every young child you have. Don’t gamble on this rule, if you leave it too late, you’re guaranteed to have a stressful relocation experience.
Calm Parents Make for Calm Children
Children are sponges; they naturally take behavioural cues from you, which is why it’s so important that you stay calm. An international relocation can be stressful, and there will be times when it’s hard to remain calm. At these times, you need to turn to your moving checklist and keep moving through your tasks.
An international relocation is an incredible way to introduce your children to a new culture and broaden their experiences. Children that experience a variety of cultures enjoy numerous benefits later in life, so no matter how young or old your kids are, don’t be afraid to take the plunge and relocate internationally.
Author Bio: Sally Wood is the Communications Coordinator at Kent Removals & Storage, leading provider of moving and storage services, including international relocations, for over 70-years.