Relocating with a Toddler

I’ve always thought my son would spend his entire life in Cincinnati, Ohio. My parents live here and my in-laws live two hours north of our house. It was perfect until recently, when I was promoted and asked to move to Fayetteville, Arkansas. I have never set foot in Arkansas, yet here I am, packing up my house and my family and bracing myself for the unknown. It’s been a rough couple of months, and although I think this will be tremendously good for our family, it hasn’t exactly been easy. I’ve learned a lot about moving a toddler and I’m happy to share, but I’d also love to hear your ideas if you’ve had a similar experience, as we will be moving back in a few years!

  1. Children are resilient. They can relate any situation to a game, story or activity. We’ve been reading a great book about moving (it’s a Bernstein Bears story). I knew my son, Collin, understood what was happening when, in the middle of the story, he asked me if they had moved to Arkansas yet. He knows enough to understand that we are moving just like the Bernstein Bears and that everything is going to be fine.
  2. Children make friends quickly! We’ve been selling excess furniture for the last couple of days and one of the families who came to pick something up brought their 3-year-old son with them. The two boys instantly became friends – you would never have guessed that they met only a few minutes earlier! I know when we enroll Collin in his new school he will make friends quickly and easily, as young children tend to do.
  3. Boxes can be a lot of fun! When Collin came home from school to a house full of boxes, he decided it was a maze. He didn’t notice that our television and his toys were missing, he simply saw a new opportunity to play. I have a feeling some of those boxes will become forts when we move into our new home!

As my family adjusts to our new life over the holidays, I am thankful for this opportunity and looking forward to the next chapter!