As a parent, planning for a move can be dreadful. What can make things even worse is if you choose to make the move during the holiday season. Kids look forward to Christmas all year long, so if you do something to complicate the best time of the year, the kids could have a very poor reaction. Below, you will find a few tips that can help you take some of the stress out of an already stressful situation and reduce the emotional strain that your kids experience.
Have a Conversation with the Kids
Your little ones still may believe in Santa and if they do, your move could cause them to become scared that Santa won't find them. Sure, they know that Santa has magical powers that helps him find each and every kid on Christmas night, but the fear of not getting the things on their wish lists could take over and cause a great deal of strain.
Discuss the fact that Santa sees them when they're sleeping, he sees them when they're awake, he knows if they've been bad or good – you know the song.
Lights and Letters for Santa
If your little discussion wasn't enough to put the little ones at ease, sit down and write a letter to Santa with them. Give Santa the new address, include wish lists and tell Santa that there will be a light in the window to make it easier for him to find the kids. Pretend to mail that letter out and sneak back out to the mailbox to collect it and save it for when your kids are adults. You will all enjoy the memory of your kids' fears of Santa not finding them this year.
The week before Christmas, put a little light in the window of each kid's room and light it up.
Decorate No Matter What
Kids look forward to having lights strung, the tree put up in the living room and the fun decorations all over the house. Sure, you have enough on your plate to deal with right now, but these are the things that the kids look forward to each year – their traditional home is transformed into a festive and happy place.
Now this doesn't mean you have to go all out and get every decoration out of the boxes, but put out the things that your kids love most. You know exactly what your little ones will miss if you don't put them out – everything else can wait until next year.
Moving is stressful enough without having to cope with the added pressures of ruining a child's holiday. Use the above tips and you will take a load of stress off of your shoulders and make your kids feel much better at the same time. For assistance moving, consider contacting a moving company like Affordable Transfer Co Inc.