Family life seems to change every minute, especially when you have kids growing up around you; however, some changes are bigger than others and need a little more preparation and planning. If you are planning on moving abroad for a few months or more, perhaps because you’ve bought a holiday home, or you need to move overseas with work for a while; it can be a daunting and challenging situation. Your priority will be the happiness and wellbeing of your kids; they’re always resilient little humans, but there will be times where they feel unsettled and “want to go home.” If you’re worried about the babies, toddlers, or kids in your family enjoying the experience as much as possible, don’t; just focus your attention on the things you can do to make them have the best time possible, and feel at home on arrival (you’re doing great by the way).
Keep in mind that you’ll be heading abroad for however long for positive reasons, and it’ll be a good thing for you and your family. You can start putting the work into planning and organising the majority of things now so that you can focus on settling everyone in when you get there. It’s time to get that new stationery out that you bought in the January sales (and thought you’d never use), and start writing some lists, and getting the satisfaction of ticking off things to do or buy, or pack, or organise. The following are some ideas and inspiration for busy parents who are planning to travel overseas to take a longer trip and want their little ones to enjoy as many aspects of the adventure as possible.
Essentials And Comfort
Kids of all ages seem to accumulate a lot of stuff. Therefore, it’s worth deciphering what the items are that they’d be likely to miss the most if they didn’t have them. Comforting teddies, bedding, and night lights will all help your little one get off to a good night’s sleep (and will give you some time to relax), so they’re worth taking with you or shipping over with large items. If you plan to take a pushchair, highchair, or anything else that will cost too much to pop on the plane; it’s worth checking out companies like 1st Move International Movers and investing in a box or two that you can pick up when you get to your destination. If your kids are going to miss certain family members or friends; take some photos with you for their bedside table, and make sure that you have the means to ring or video call those back at home.
Your little ones will enjoy and appreciate making new friends just as much as you will. Therefore, it’s worth checking out some toddler and children’s groups and local activities that will entertain the family regularly. List the best child-friendly places to eat and relax in your new surroundings and enjoy the time you have with your family out there. The more you do over there with your little one, the better they’ll settle in, and so will you!