Buying 3 July 2024

Moving Made Easy: Tips for a Smooth Transition with Young Children

Moving to a new home is exciting, but it can be stressful, especially when you have small children. As a REALTOR®, I’ve helped many families navigate this transition. Here are some tried-and-true tips to make moving with little ones smoother and more enjoyable for everyone involved.


Be Open and Honest

First and foremost, start by having an age-appropriate conversation with your children about the move. Explain why you’re moving and what they can expect. This helps reduce anxiety and gives them time to process the change. Encourage questions and address any concerns they might have.


Involve Your Kids in the Process

Next, make your children feel like an important part of the move by giving them age-appropriate tasks. Younger kids can help pack their toys or decorate boxes, while older ones might assist with sorting items or labeling boxes. This involvement gives them a sense of control and excitement about the move.


Keep Routines Intact

As much as possible, maintain your regular routines during the moving process. Stick to usual mealtimes, bedtimes, and other daily activities. This consistency provides a sense of security amidst the changes happening around them.


Frame the Move as an Adventure

Present the move as an exciting adventure. Talk about the positive aspects of your new home and neighbourhood. Maybe there’s a great park nearby or a bigger backyard to play in. This positive framing can help build anticipation and enthusiasm.


Pack a Special “Moving Day” Box

Prepare a special box for each child with their favourite toys, books, and comfort items. Keep this box easily accessible during the move. Having familiar objects at hand can provide comfort and entertainment during the transition.


Explore Your New Neighbourhood

Once you’ve moved, take time to explore your new surroundings as a family. Visit local parks, find the nearest library, or discover a new ice cream shop. This helps children start building positive associations with their new home. Check out and to learn about things to do in your area!


Set Up Kids’ Rooms First

Prioritize setting up your children’s rooms soon after arriving at the new house. Having their own space organized quickly can provide a sense of stability and help them adjust faster to their new environment.


Be Patient and Understanding

Remember that children may need time to adjust to the new home. Be patient and understanding if they express sadness or frustration. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and reassure them that it’s okay to miss their old home while getting excited about the new one.


Final Thoughts: Moving with Young Children

Moving with young children

Moving with small children doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With some planning, involvement, and positivity, you can turn it into a memorable family experience. As your real estate agent, I’m here to support you through every step of your move and help make your transition to your new home as smooth as possible.


Related: How to Decide if a Neighbourhood is Right for You



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Susan Moffat, REALTOR® with Century 21 In-Studio Realty Inc., Brokerage