Moving Countdown + Saying Goodbye
Saying goodbye to people and place that you love is the most awful part about moving. Sure the packing is a pain, buying a house is apparently exhausting, and the actual move is hardwork, but this is all doable. The hardest part for me is always saying goodbye to your favorite parts of your home. This has been different for us with every move, but no matter how long you live somewhere there are always spots you will miss (like Devil's Lake in Baraboo or Izzy's Ice Cream Shop in St Paul) and wonderful people who made you feel at home and loved. This was the first time that our children understood that we were moving, so I felt it was important that they say goodbye to the people and places they love as well. We jammed playdates with their friends on the calendar, we baked things for the librarians and made a card for their music teacher. To organize all of this for them a little, we made a countdown.
We have done countdowns several times to prepare for vacations. They work well for our children who cannot yet read a calendar, so we thought we would try it again for our big move to Mississippi. For this countdown, we added a little twist. In preparation for moving so far away from everything our twins know, I thought building in some time to visit their favorite places and say goodbye to their favorite people was important. I denoted these on our countdown calendar with simple illustrations. Don't worry about your drawing! I'm not much of an artist, but our kids seem to decipher them just fine. Here is what we included in our countdown to moving calendar:
*Visit our library and favorite librarians
*Playdate with friends
*Read a book about moving
*Day at our favorite lake
*Trips to Circus World
*Morning at their favorite playground
*Say goodbye to our house.
Piece of Paper
* Make thank you cards or gifts for your favorite people - the librarians, music teachers, neighbors etc.
* How have you helped your child say goodbye to something or somewhere?
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