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Prep a child for a move?

Posted by on May. 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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 Anybody have tips on prepping a toddler for a move? It occurred to me yesterday that we haven't prepped Ethan enough for the move when this conversation happened...

Ethan: no! you can't! (about me peeling the sticker decorations off the bathroom wall)

me: Ethan we have to take all the decorations down so that we can move.

Ethan: what??!! (in a very surprised, very concerned tone)

 

oops. mommy fail. help me out!!!!

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leanntx
by on May. 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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Sorry, I don't have any brilliant advice, lol. Just talk to him, tell him he's getting a new house with a new bathroom and you can put the stickers up there.
Numom61507
by Tina on May. 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM
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I promised my daughter all new things when we moved into the house. I explained to her why I was packing things and I even let her help me. I completely involved her, even asking what I should pack first and so forth. Transitioning is hard. Good luck Mama!

Vertical15
by on May. 12, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Has he been to the new place?  You could take him and show him it.  Also like Numom61507 said, involve him in packing and unpacking.

EthansMomma2010
by on May. 12, 2013 at 10:46 PM

 it's his nana and papa's house. they bought a new one. i tried to tell him that but he kept saying no. it's 2000 miles away almost so it's not like he remembers the last time he was there. :( i can ask my mom to send a few pics, but i doubt he will grasp the concept.

Quoting Vertical15:

Has he been to the new place?  You could take him and show him it.  Also like Numom61507 said, involve him in packing and unpacking.

 

EthansMomma2010
by on May. 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

 the military moves us and packs us so i can't involved him. :( in fact he will be at the daycare center the whole day they are there because he is a flight risk and i can't be managing the movers and keeping him happy all day.

Quoting Numom61507:

I promised my daughter all new things when we moved into the house. I explained to her why I was packing things and I even let her help me. I completely involved her, even asking what I should pack first and so forth. Transitioning is hard. Good luck Mama!

 

mrswillie
by on May. 13, 2013 at 7:06 AM

 Just talk to him about it.Let him "help" pack.

loveTHEviking
by on May. 13, 2013 at 7:47 AM

When we moved to our apartment here I just talked to Ian about it. He was anxious about moving but once we got to our new place & got settled in a bit he was okay with it all. I'm sure everything will be fine, good luck!

TigerofMu
by on May. 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM
I wish Tonya was here. She would have great military moving advice. I would say just continue to explain to him about the move and reassure him. Bring it up over and over again, repetition may help it sink in better. Let him help with the things that he can help with, some of the smaller things around the house maybe, putting some of his special toys in a bag or box? Not enough to interfere with the procedure, but maybe help with a bag that will go with you so that he can feel like he has some control.
EthansMomma2010
by on May. 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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 great idea. i can let him help with the suitcases and the kitty stuff and the cooler. :) I have such rigid thinking and I never think of these things. lol. It's always all or nothing for me. I'm sure he will like our new place, but it's gonna be hard on him if our stuff doesn't show up right away. I'm just praying they are timely about that because without our stuff he's gonna flip. we are taking the small tv with us for that very reason.

Quoting TigerofMu:

I wish Tonya was here. She would have great military moving advice. I would say just continue to explain to him about the move and reassure him. Bring it up over and over again, repetition may help it sink in better. Let him help with the things that he can help with, some of the smaller things around the house maybe, putting some of his special toys in a bag or box? Not enough to interfere with the procedure, but maybe help with a bag that will go with you so that he can feel like he has some control.

 

TigerofMu
by on May. 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Good thinking. I would be prepared for your stuff not to show up right away also. Sometimes it can get delayed. They usually schedule a delivery date for you I think. I messaged my friend who is a military mom that just completed a move with their 4 year old and new baby with a link to your post, so hopefully she will have a chance to stop by and will have the "voice of experience" to help you.
Quoting EthansMomma2010:

 great idea. i can let him help with the suitcases and the kitty stuff and the cooler. :) I have such rigid thinking and I never think of these things. lol. It's always all or nothing for me. I'm sure he will like our new place, but it's gonna be hard on him if our stuff doesn't show up right away. I'm just praying they are timely about that because without our stuff he's gonna flip. we are taking the small tv with us for that very reason.

Quoting TigerofMu:

I wish Tonya was here. She would have great military moving advice. I would say just continue to explain to him about the move and reassure him. Bring it up over and over again, repetition may help it sink in better. Let him help with the things that he can help with, some of the smaller things around the house maybe, putting some of his special toys in a bag or box? Not enough to interfere with the procedure, but maybe help with a bag that will go with you so that he can feel like he has some control.

 

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