As adults, we know how stressful moving can be. There is so much to think about, and so much to do. But if there is one thing we cannot overlook in the moving process, it’s how moving can impact those who are closest to us: our children and our pets.

Direct Moving Services has helped thousands of families across the country transition to their new homes, and we’ve picked up quite a few helpful tips along the way. Below is our best advice on how to make a successful move with children and pets.

Moving with Children

These five tips will make it easier for your kids to cope with the changes going on around them and help make moving a great experience for the entire family.

1.Stay positive.

It’s tempting to let the stress of a move get the best of you. But if you appear nervous and stressed, your children will too. Instead, try to be enthusiastic and upbeat. Tell them how excited you are about the newadventure that is in store for your family. Chances are they’ll start to get excited too.

2.Talk to your kids about the move – as soon as possible.

Above all else, the most important way to prepare your children for a move is to talk about it. As soon as the decision is final, call a family meeting to break the news and explain why it’s best for the family. Tell them how you feel about it, and encourage them to talk about their feelings. Whatever you do, don’t wait until the last minute to communicate. Your kids will need time to digest the information and prepare for the change.

 3. Look for opportunities to get your kids involved.

Children are much more receptive to moving if they feel included in the process. Whenever possible, give them the opportunity to help. Let them pack up a small box of their favorite belongings. Bring them along on a house-hunting trip. Allow them to choose the paint color of their new bedroom. These simple gestures will make your kids feel special and reinforce the message that their contributions are valuable during the transition.

4. Learn about your new city together.

Your kids are anxious to know everything about your new city, just like you are. Ease their nerves by doing the research together. Help them learn everything they can about your new house, their new school, and the city you’ll soon call home. Tell them about exciting places and activities your family will be able to explore, like parks, zoos, playgrounds and sporting facilities. The more they know what to expect, the better they’ll be able to adapt.

 5. Help them plan their goodbyes.

Depending on the age of your children, saying goodbye may be the most difficult part of the moving process. Remind them of all the ways they can stay in touch with their friends after the move. For younger children, explain how you can send letters or pictures in the mail. If they are old enough, consider opening up an e-mail or social media account so they can easily stay connected. When it’s finally time to say goodbye, a simple farewell party or slumber party can be a good way to give them closure. Be sure to write down a list of places to go and people to see – your kids will feel better knowing they have a chance to say goodbye before the move.