Have I mentioned that we undertook a move this summer? We did and I would be remiss if I failed to offer my pro tips for moving with your small children in tow. If you take nothing else away, please take this: You know that closet where you stash all of the toys that you bought for cheap at TJ Maxx and plan to give to the next child that invites your kid to a birthday party? Ok. Get a pencil. Write this down. DO NOT PACK THAT CLOSET in front of your kids. Because they are going to want those presents. They will have a zillion questions about why there is a Spiderman puzzle in the closet just sitting there waiting to be assembled.
Yep, letting my kids see that stash was the biggest mistake I made this whole summer.
Other than that, moving is a giant pain in the wazoo so my second tip is just don’t do it. Stay where you are. Don’t like your commute? Suck it up. Don’t like your neighborhood? Stay and let your light shine, making it a better place. Transferred for work? Get a new job.
If that sage advice fails, then try the other tips I offer here at Mom.me. One more hint: Don’t give your 2-year old a Sharpie and ask him to label boxes.