MOVING WITH KIDS?
Talk to your kids about the move in advance. Listen to any frustrations or worries that they may have about moving.
Let your kids help you go through their toys and donate unwanted items to less fortunate children. Chances are they will feel proud to give to individuals less fortunate than themselves and purging unwanted items will decrease the load and therefore, the price during the move.
Let your kids help you pack a bag of their favorite things for during the move. That way, when you arrive at the destination, they can put them in their new room to give it a feeling of home.
Make moving an adventure by pretending that you are traveling from one galaxy to another with all of your items in tow. Or, pretend that you are traveling to a far away kingdom of which they will become princes and princesses. Add space ice cream, swords, or tiaras to heighten the adventure.
Don't forget that moving is just as stressful; for children as it is for adults. Help them meet friends in the new city by taking them to neighborhood and community events or signing them up for activities in the area.
MOVING WITH PETS?
Update your pet's tags with the new address and phone number.
Make arrangements for where your pet will be during the move ahead of time. Many pets will be very anxious and frightened during the move and it will be easier on everyone to make prior arrangements for them.
Find a veterinarian in your new city. Be sure to obtain your pet's records from the prior veterinarian before moving. It is beneficial to be prepared in case of an emergency.
Be sure to have their food, bowls, favorite toys, medicines, and anything else that will be needed upon arrival at the new home.
Prep your new home for your pet. Take in mind that they may be excited and scared upon arrival, set out their favorite things and their food to let them know that they are home.