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Easing Your Toddler's Anxiety About Moving

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Moving is stressful on everyone in the family, but it might be your toddler that feels the most stress over your upcoming move. For a toddler, moving is a huge deal. Your home and family is pretty much your toddler's whole world, and part of that is changing. After all, huge changes are really scary when you don't know what to expect. Most little kids stick to some sort of daily routine, and when that routine is interrupted or adjusted it can be very stressful. Unfortunately, when toddlers are anxious about changes, they typically don't know how to articulate the problem. So if your toddler is anxious about your upcoming move, you might notice him or her acting out or becoming overly needy. To ease your toddler's mind, you need to talk to your child about your upcoming move to make sure he or she understands exactly what will happen. When you talk to your little one about your upcoming move, make sure you cover these topics.

Who is Moving

Chances are your toddler hasn't moved before and he or she may not realize that your entire family is moving to the new house. Your toddler could be feeling scared because he or she thinks part of your family is staying at your old house, or worse, that he or she will be left behind. Make sure your little one understands that your whole family, including any family pets, will be moving to the new house. 

What Will Happen to Your Toddler's Things

Your little one's belongings are just as important as your family members. So it's important that you make sure your toddler understands that his or her belongings are all going to the new house with you. You can even let your little onechoose a few of his or her favorite items, and pack those items together in a small box that your toddler can keep close during the move. In fact, you can turn packing your toddler's "special treasure box" into a fun project by letting your little one use markers, crayons, and stickers to decorate it.

Moving is an Adventure

One of the easiest ways to ease your little one's mind is to talk about moving as if it's a fabulous adventure. Take your toddler to your new house so that he or she can explore it. Spend some time there playing in the yard or exploring the neighborhood to make your toddler feel comfortable. This way, your little one will be familiar with the new house before moving day arrives.

If your little one is anxious about your upcoming move, you should consider hiring local movers like Affordable Transfer Co Inc. to do the work. This way, you can spend moving day with your child to keep his or her mind at ease.