When the time comes for moving to a new home, most of your focus will be on how to relocate furniture and belongings. Peripheral plans usually take a back seat because you just want to get the moving done and out of the way. When you have children, moving to a new home means creating a completely different set of plans just for the children. Now, kids are by no means in the periphery. However, a lax babysitting plan can obliterate plans of moving to a new home if something falls through. Combining a good plan with a surefire back-up plan will keep moving with kids a seamless transition.
If you have a baby in the family, you almost certainly need a caretaker when you are moving to a new home. Keeping a baby in tow while moving is not only rough on you, but also hard for the baby as well. Babies like and need calming environments and stability, so the actual moving process can be too stimulating and disruptive for your little one. Good plan: Have a trusted, reliable babysitter on hand. Then, have two more sitters on standby. Surefire back up plan: Reschedule moving day to coincide with a babysitter’s availability. Babies are the most precious of cargo and lack of solid care is not an option when you are moving to a new home.
If your children are not babies, but still considered young, you will need a caretaker. The good news is that young kids have a lot more independence than babies do and can self-manage a bit more. Sitters are usually easier to obtain because the caretaking requirements are not as demanding. Good plan: Stock up on kid-friendly activities and hire a reliable sitter. Video games, cartoons, educational shows and books are all great options for keeping young children occupied while you are moving to a new home. Surefire back up plan: Hire a second sitter that is equally reliable, but have an optional moving day on standby for yourself. Yes, young children are more capable than helpless babies are, but not to the point of taking full responsibility for themselves.
If you have older children, then you have hit the moving jackpot! Older kids can take responsibility for their actions in a manner that younger children cannot. Therefore, it is okay to break out the snacks, tell them to behave and proceed with moving to a new home. It will not hurt for you to check in often. They are older children, after all — not saints! Good plan: Keep the fridge stocked and the computer on. Older kids will occupy themselves while gorging on some goodies. Surefire back-up plan: Put them to work! Older kids may be physically stronger than you are and their help can knock the move out in no time. After all they are moving to a new home, too. Let them put some elbow grease into the move. If they grumble, do not forget to use incentives. Promises of pizza take out and money usually does the trick!
If you are in the process of moving to a new home, try taking some of these ideas and making them your own. A flimsy babysitting plan needs to become a surefire plan. If not, even the seemingly best-laid moving plan can fall to pieces. Prevent that by getting your kiddie ducks all in a row.