Did you know that moving is considered to be the third most stressful event that people go through in life? It can be even more difficult if you have children as well, as this factor can add another layer of stress to your move. Moving does not always have to be a nightmare, though, as long as you prepare for it ahead of time. If you have children who are moving with you, there are ways to deal with their needs so that you can focus on moving your family safely and efficiently.
Before you move, it is important to decide if you want military rental housing, privatized military housing, or other housing options. If the new base is in a small town, for example, you may want to consider military housing for your family. In a large military town, however, a more viable option would be off base housing.
You should also decide where to send your children for school ahead of time as well. Even though 80 percent of military children go to public schools, private schools may also be available. Doing internet research on schools in the area can help you decide which school will be best for your kids. If you know what kind of military homes and schools you are considering, the next step will be to actually move your children from your current location to your new home.
DVDs can keep children occupied for hours while they are in the car. Whether you have a baby who enjoys the stimulation of video entertainment or a toddler who cannot sit still, finding age appropriate DVDs can distract children for extended periods of time, and this way they will not act up in the car for hours. You should also consider providing your children with food, stuffed animals, singalongs, games, and other creative activities while they are in the car as well. Also be prepared to make multiple stops along the way, because children can become ornery if they are forced to sit down for too long.
Moving into your new military rental housing does not have to be a stressful time, as long as you plan ahead. Research different military rental housing options, school options, and car activities beforehand so that you are not forced to make these difficult decisions on the spot. If you have reached a stoppage in your planning and do not know where else to turn, social media is a helpful way to connect with other military families to get advice. To ensure a less stressful move, preemptive planning is the key to making this time of your life less of a hassle.