Movers Guide: How to Move with Kids and Pets

Moving to a new home can be an exciting transition as well as a overwhelming one if all parties involved are not on the same page. When it comes to children, no matter what age, moving can be a time of disruption which can lead to problems. Pets too can be difficult to deal with when moving, especially when moving to a new town or even cross country.

Younger kids are much easier to move than older kids or teenagers because of the simple fact that they are much more easily distracted. When a family with young children is relocating it is common for the parents to try and make the move as fun and engaging as possible. For example, when moving cross country parents may find it conducive to the following:

  • Engage the children with a child's Atlas and allow them to track the move with stickers, markers, etc.
  • Turn the trip into a vacation and make special stops in order to turn the move into a special memory
  • Allow teenagers to specifically choose their vacation destination in order to let them have some sort of control over what it is normally a very chaotic time

Also, before moving it would probably be best to take the kids to the new home and community at least once so that they know exactly where they are moving to. The relocation process can be difficult on kids when they are moving to a new area that they know nothing about. By letting the children be an active part of the moving process the entire family will more than likely be put at ease and be fully engaged in the move.

On the other hand, pets can both be easy and difficult to handle during a move. It would be prudent to consider the type of pet you have and if that pet could handle a move, no matter what the distance. For example, when moving a short distance, as in the same general area, consider the following:

  • For a cat or dog, boarding until after the move may be appropriate; waiting until the new home is mostly settled could be less stressful for both the owner and the pet
  • For a more exotic pet or one that spends its time in a cage or tank, keep the pet out of the general hustle and bustle of the move

When moving long distances, such as out of town or cross country, some pets may handle the stress better than others. If the pet is generally calm there will likely be fewer problems. If the pet is naturally hyper it might be a good idea to give the pet some sort of medication that will make it sleepy, such as Benadryl. However, it is always important to consult with your veterinarian before giving your pet anything.

Just remember that the moving process can be a fun and exciting process. Whatever you, as a parent and pet owner, do in order to make it smoother keep it light, fun, and engaging for everyone.


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