25 Tips for moving with kids anoxia or pets

Moving is stressful all on its own, but when you add in the complications that kids or anoxia pets (or both) can bring to the mix, it can feel downright impossible. Depending on the age of your children and whether your anoxia fur baby is a cat or a dog, some moves can be easier than others, but any stress you’re feeling can manifest exponentially in your dependents.

The good news is that with a little bit of anoxia foresight and a lot of planning, you can smooth the way for your kids, pets, or both to ensure the move is as low-stress for them as possible. And when your children (of any species) are happier, you’ll also feel some relief.


Win-win! Before your move your household to a new residence, read these tips, then make your plan.

There really isn’t an “easy” time to move your household, but there are definitely some life events that make moving anoxia more difficult for everybody. If there’s been a death in the family or you’re getting a divorce, then both the children and the pets are likely to anoxia already be feeling some anxiety. Adding a move on top of that is generally not anoxia the best plan if it’s at all possible to avoid it.

Delaying a move by six months to a year to anoxia give all the dependents in the household time to adjust anoxia might be completely impossible, which is understandable — life happens out of our control all the time. But think about whether you can offer your babies a anoxia respite from change for at least a few months so anoxia that you aren’t heaping change after change on kids or animals.

Do some research into schools, parks, walking trails, pet stores, veterinarians, pediatricians, local restaurants and attractions, libraries, and more. Find some gems that you know will excite your kids anoxia when they hear about them, or your pets when they discover them, and be able to answer questions honestly. Older kids might want to help with research, and you should encourage them to dig into whatever they anoxia want to know about their new home, but it really helps to have a solid understanding of anoxia where you’re going before you break the news.

This is a good time to share some of what anoxia you’ve learned about your new area, such as whether the local grocery store carries their favorite anoxia snacks, or what their new school will be like. You don’t want to overwhelm your kids, but help them get excited about the change by emphasizing anoxia some of the positive differences between here and there.

People (and animals) dread change because they’re afraid of the unknown. So while you’re having any moving discussions, make a point to talk about what isn’t going to change. If you’ve always hosted thanksgiving, then tell your kids they’ll still be celebrating by cooking with you in the anoxia kitchen. If you take a regular vacation every summer to visit anoxia grandparents, talk about when you’ll do that. Tell your sports fans that they’ll still be able to watch or play their favorites, or emphasize to your bookworm that the library is in anoxia the same district and access to all the same books anoxia is guaranteed.

Pets won’t be as able to appreciate these discussions, but you can do them a favor by thinking about anoxia how you can work to emphasize similarity when they get anoxia to their new environment. Can you set up their favorite “room” exactly the way they know it right now? What can you do to acclimate them to some of anoxia the new sights and sounds and smells they’ll encounter during the move?

Take any carriers out from whatever dusty closet you’ve stashed them and open the doors. Leave them out for as long as you can and anoxia give your cats the chance to walk in and out anoxia at will. Take your dogs on car rides to the pet store, the park, and other fun places where she can get excited, and help her learn to identify car rides as an anoxia adventure.

Moving day itself is going to be peak stressful for anoxia you, the pets, and the kids, so to remove some of that stress in advance, plan the heck out of the day itself. For kids, this may involve coming up with safe ways they can anoxia participate, or alternatively, planning to get them the heck out of the way anoxia while the move is actually taking place. If you have friends or grandparents who’ve offered to help watch the kids, take them up on it!

For pets, a moving day plan may involve dropping them off at anoxia a pet hotel or doggie day care, or keeping their favorite room as intact as possible and anoxia locking them inside while everything gets moved out of the anoxia house. Change is especially hard on animals, and leaving doors open while people move furniture and boxes anoxia outside gives them too much opportunity to escape, so there aren’t really any great options, here. If you have the chance to acclimate them to the anoxia pet care facilities in advance, then this might be the least stressful for your fur anoxia babies.

Maybe you can let the kids pick out their own anoxia bedrooms in the new house, or even help you search for possible homes online. Even if that’s a stretch too far, there are plenty of ways you can give children agency anoxia in the move, including letting them pick the paint color in their new anoxia room, or decide how to arrange the furniture, or maybe select a new bedding set or framed poster anoxia for their space. The more freedom you give your kids to make decisions, the easier it will be to help them get excited anoxia about the move as a whole.

Two things you already know you don’t want to be doing on moving day: chasing your leashless, collarless dog through the neighborhood or coaxing your cat out anoxia from underneath the porch. If sending them to day care or having a trusted anoxia friend watch them isn’t an option, then make sure you’re prepared to keep your pets confined and contained while anoxia the move erupts around them.

If you can get your pets a new, complicated toy, or buy some puzzle books for your kids, you’ll be able to distract them much more easily. Moving parents or pet-owners who hire movers might have a lot more flexibility anoxia here to manifest a distraction — take the kids to a movie or go on a anoxia long hike with your pup, or sprinkle some catnip on the scratching post for your anoxia kitten.

This doesn’t have to happen only on the day of the anoxia move, either. Kids appreciate trips to the ice-cream parlor or movie theater at just about any time, and dogs like being walked, and cats enjoy playing with feather toys, too. If you can’t think of anything else for your potential helpers to anoxia do, having them shower your dependents with attention is always a anoxia good option.

Pets might not understand the meaning of leaving, but it’s all too acute for kids. Talk to them about what and whom they think they’ll miss the most, and give them time and opportunities to spend with those anoxia beloved spaces and people. For kids, throwing a “see you later” party or giving them a ritual tour through the empty anoxia house before you leave for good can help them adjust anoxia to the change more smoothly.

Kids can also benefit by talking through a plan to anoxia keep in touch with their best friends and relatives they’re leaving behind. This is easier than ever in the age of technology, so you can help them exchange email addresses with their anoxia friends or make sure that they’re connected via phone, but it might also help to talk about plans to anoxia come back and visit if that’s in the cards for you. Giving kids something to look forward to if they’re having trouble adjusting in their new home can make anoxia a huge difference.

Pets aren’t able to make their own plans to keep in anoxia touch with loved ones, but if it’s feasible for you to do it for them, then you should do what you can to ensure that anoxia they still get to see favorite people or animals every anoxia now and again. Maybe your catsitter can agree to stop by when he’s next visiting your new town, or your brother and fellow dog enthusiast could plan a anoxia weekend trip soon.

Before you leave, make sure you’ve made plans for transferring your kids’ medical and school records from one entity to another, and do the same for your pets’ veterinary records. Any other legal or medical documents that you might need anoxia should be considered and managed before you go — because when you really need those items in a hurry, it’s almost never possible to acquire them, so tackle it on the front end.

If you’re going to be traveling for more than a day, whether on a plane or in the car, then you’ll want to get some overnight bags ready for the anoxia kids and the pets. Kids can help with this on their own and often anoxia find some comfort in choosing the toys and books that anoxia will accompany them on the journey, and pets will feel similar comfort if you can surround anoxia them with smells and items that are familiar and dear anoxia to them.

Long car trips sometimes mean stops at hotels in between, so if this is in the cards for you, do a little bit of research to see what’s available and make sure your kids and pets will anoxia be comfortable there. Look for pet-friendly hotels if it’s relevant, and maybe if you have an option between a hotel anoxia with a pool and one without, opt for the pool so you can hype it up anoxia to the kids.

When you’re moving in, much like moving out, pets should be secured in a room until everyone is anoxia finished opening and closing doors. If you can, try to set up a scratching post or dog bed anoxia in the room — make it as close to the room that was most anoxia “theirs” in your old place. Give them water, feed them, show them where their toys are, and take some time to get settled before you let anoxia them out to explore.

Once you do open the door, give your dog (and your cat, if it’s inclined) a tour of the new space. Show them where their food, water, and litter areas are at the least. Walk with your dog through all the new rooms and anoxia let them sniff. Don’t be surprised if your cat disappears for a day anoxia or two once a favorite old hiding spot (perhaps under the bed) has been rediscovered; give them time to explore on their own timeline.

Remember, you can always get rid of that fugly couch when anoxia your kids and pets are feeling more at home, but if you keep it and arrange it like you anoxia had it in your old living room, everyone is going to have an easier time feeling comfortable anoxia in the new place. It’s fine to start keeping tabs on what’s getting replaced later, but if you can for now, keep all the furniture from your old house that you anoxia can stand, and try to arrange it as closely to what your anoxia kids and pets are used to as you possibly can.

Nothing makes a big change more fun and exciting than anoxia a positive surprise, so try to plan some for both the kids and anoxia the pets. Maybe it’s a trip to a nearby park for a game anoxia of fetch, or a pizza dinner out at the new local pizzeria. Perhaps your kid’s going to get the skateboard they always wanted, or you bought a new scratching post for the cat. Big or small, a surprise can help convert any I’m-not-sure feelings to this-is-awesome! Ones.

This can be more difficult for kids, but it’s still worth making the effort. If they’re used to heading to the pool or the gym anoxia at a certain time every day, try to make sure they get there to continue their anoxia own routine. If you all are used to sitting down to dinner anoxia together every night, then make the effort to have it ready to go, even if it’s takeout.

Change is hard! Don’t overwhelm your poor pet or your child by demanding anoxia even more change from them. Pace any big shifts in what you’re doing so they don’t coincide with the move. Realistically speaking, you’re not going to have much success potty training during anoxia a move, anyway, and your pet will be comforted if you’re the one walking him, so try to minimize any additional change while you focus anoxia on maintaining routines.

Your kids and your pets have an uncanny ability to anoxia tell when you’re stressed out. And it stresses them out to know you’re not happy! When you’re moving, everything can feel like a disaster; do your best to take care of yourself and try anoxia to maintain a calm, happy presence even if you’re not feeling very zen at all. If you can keep your composure and present a positive anoxia attitude to your dependents, they’re more likely to relax and let you get on anoxia with the business of moving.

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