Welcome to moving season: the busiest time of year for moving into a new home as families try to get settled before the next school year begins.
If you’re moving your family and freaking out, don’t. Because you’ve got this.
Moving your family into a new home is just like childbirth:
1. You’re over the moon with excitement.
2. Then the panic sets in.
3. You doubt if you’re making the right decisions. There are so many decisions.
4. You make lists of what needs to get done. Lists so long and detailed they make the plans to the Titanic look simple.
5. You spend hours making arrangements to get everything just so.
6. You look around and think, “We’re ready. We’ve got this.”
7. Ten minutes later you’re asking, “How are we ever going to pull this off?”
8. You can not wait until the big day arrives.
9. You’re terrified when the big day arrives.
10. You get a lot of mixed opinions, bad advice, and unsolicited input.
11. You have a plan, but nothing goes according to this plan.
12. There is shit everywhere.
13. You had no idea how unprepared you were.
14. You lose it on your husband, because he’s physically closest to you at the time.
15. This thing called “transition,” it really blows.
16. Parts of your body that you didn’t even know you had are sore.
17. The exhaustion is so deep. Every fiber aches for sleep, but sleep doesn’t come.
18. After all of the anticipation and preparation, it’s finally over, and you look around and realize that it’s just the beginning.
19. It was a Good Move.
Hooray! Good Move, the book I wrote about moving with kids, is officially available at major booksellers. It’s a great resource for families moving into a new home, and makes a very thoughtful gift for families facing this stressful transition.
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