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Moving Advice For Single Parents

Published by Chris Townsend

Moving Advice For Single Parents

Moving can be especially taxing for parents since you have to not only deal with everything that comes along with relocating, but also put in some work to get your kids acclimating to a new area. This can be even more of a challenge for single parents since they have to coordinate everything on their own, while still taking time to make sure their children are comfortable throughout the moving process. There are; however, some simple steps you can take to lighten the load, both literally and figuratively, if you’re a single parent with an upcoming move.

Talk To Your Kids About Moving

Once you know that a move is imminent, it’s best to talk things over with your child or children. Moving is always stressful for everyone involved and children have the additional stress of potentially starting at a new school, making new friends, and generally getting used to live in an entirely different environment than they’re used to. It can be helpful to highlight some of the positive things about the move when talking to kids, especially if there are any attractions, events, or other things that may interest them that they don’t have access to in their current neighborhood. The more you can keep them in the loop, as well as answer any questions or concerns they have, the more easily they’ll be able to adapt to the change in scenery.

Give Yourself Lots of Time

This piece of advice could go on any list of tips for moving and that’s because it’s one of the most important things you can do to make things go smoothly. For single parents, it’s even more important, since you’ll likely be pressed for time as you try to keep everything on schedule and take care of the various odds and ends that pop up during a move. Careful planning with specific targets and dates of what you hope to accomplish can make things easier since you’re breaking up a very large task into more manageable chunks.

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Get the Kids Involved In Moving

If you kids are old enough to pitch in with moving duties, get them involved in the process, no matter how small the role. It will help them to feel like they’re chipping in and also help them frame it as something they’re a part of, rather than something that is happening to them. Packing up toys, handling minor cleaning duties, or even help move small boxes, are all things that can help you get packed and help them normalize the idea of moving to a new home.

Make Plans For After the Move

You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of activities for your children after you move, which means you need to do some research beforehand. If there are events, clubs, activities, play groups, or anything else that they may enjoy, try to make arrangements for your kids to meet new friends. Having a loose itinerary of options for after the move will help them acclimate better, as well as provide an opportunity to make new friends. As a single parent, you’ll probably want to connect with other parents in the area, so make plans that allow you to connect with others as well.

Find A Good Moving Company

Once all your plans are in motion and you’re a couple weeks out from moving day, it’s time to start contacting moving companies. (It’s never a bad idea to start this process earlier, if possible.) It’s best to contact a few moving companies to compare their prices and services. You’ll find that the services offered by movers are largely the same, but the pricing may be different with each company you contact. Putting in some legwork to find the company you’re comfortable with, and that fits your budget, is well worth your time since it can not only save you money, but also ensure you’ve had time to properly research any company you’re considering.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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