Have your children help packing to keep them occupied.
When moving, children can be either helpful or disruptive, whichever way your kids are, it’s always a good idea to involve them in the moving process. First of all you must properly explain what moving means and how it will influence your lives. You must also be aware that changing house, especially for young children can be quite stressful. Therefore make sure you accentuate that moving is a good thing and always be positive about the experience.
Now, when preparing to move, the kids room can be especially difficult to pack because of the many toys and complicated stuff that are often found there. Having your kids help you pack their room will help you a lot and also it will give them something to do so they won’t hinder any progress of the packing in other rooms.
After you’ve clearly explained to them what moving implies, usually the kids will be excited and happy to be part of the moving process, and it will give them a sense of accomplishment along with preparing them mentally for the move.
Although here is not much that children can do, but depending on their personalities and their hobbies, each of your kids can pack what they often use, such as computers, books or toys.
If your children are small you can’t expect them to actually pack properly but you can ask them to sort out their toys, books, etc. Children have more energy and if they’re enthusiastic about the move and the packing experience they will properly look for all their toys and arrange them so your job will be half done.
Always keeping a light-hearted atmosphere and a positive state of mind will ensure your children will have a nice moving experience and will be ready to welcome the changes that are to come along with moving. Having the children participate in the packing will make it easier for you and them altogether and the packing will be done in no time at all.
Be warned, children may want to help with the actual wrapping of boxes and other such tasks and that is okay as long as there is an adult with them. Be careful to never let children unsupervised with packing supplies such as plastic sheets, scissors, packing tape or any such items, because it can lead to serious accidents. Put away packing supplies after you are done with them, in a place that is out of reach of children.