Good Move: The Book that Every Moving Mom Needs to Pick Up!
We created The Moving Mom blog out of necessity. We moved around a lot, and when we searched for blogs that covered the topic of moving in all its complexities, we came up empty-handed. So, when we stumbled upon Kaly Sullivan’s new book, Good Move, we knew it was perfect for all of us Moving Moms out there and really any family facing a move! We couldn’t wait to share it with you all – believe us, this isn’t an advertisement, we just love this book so much! (Bonus!! Be sure to read to the end! There’s a surprise ONLY for our blog readers! And that’s YOU!)
Kaly decided to write the book Good Move after having many of the same feelings we did. Before, during and after a big move with her family, she just couldn’t find solid resources that were honest and real about preparing for and surviving a move.
“I was completely caught off guard by how emotionally challenging both of our moves were,” Kaly says. “I wanted to move, and I still felt like a total mess. I tried to make a resource that not only gives practical advice about what to expect but that also helped me feel less alone along the way. I designed Good Move so that whether you are considering moving, in the middle of moving, or still reeling from a recent move, you can benefit from the insight that it offers.”
Kaly starts off in the book by having you examine whether a move is the best option for your family right now. For some of us, there really isn’t much of a choice in moving because of a family member’s occupation. But, from someone who moves fairly frequently, it was still a great exercise in thinking through our moves and our current family situation. It is important to keep in mind why you move and make sure there are always valid reasons to uproot your family, and Kaly helps you think through all of those factors.
“Being conscious of what you get out of a move and being able to articulate what you are looking for is the foundation of any family’s decision to move,” Kaly says. “Taking the time to dig a little deeper on the front end will give you that much more confidence as you make decisions regarding your new home. Because there will be a lot of decisions.”
We love that Good Move doesn’t just cover the logistics of a move, but it also covers the emotional and psychological effects a move has on you and your family members. Kaly thinks those aspects are just as important to talk about as what to pack and how to hire a moving company.
“As parents, we do our best to guide our children through their transitions and model emotional health through our own actions because we, in theory, have more experience,” Kaly says. “But often we struggle too. You can’t predict how things will go down. Your kids may or may not have a tough transition. You or your spouse may or may not have a tough transition. But you can be prepared for how you and your kids might feel during your move and know that whatever you’re experiencing is totally normal. In the end, I think moving is much easier when we know that we are not alone in our experiences.”
One of the things we love most about the book is that Kaly talks to all kinds of real families (just like us!) who move and share their real experiences.
“When I started researching Good Move, I talked to numerous families that had been through tough transitions,” Kaly said. “It was interesting to me that there was this un-talked about side to moving. To me it was helpful to know that no matter how tough their transitions were and how many things went wrong along the way, most families would move again. I thought that was worth capturing and sharing.”
We can’t say enough about how this book is a great read for a moving family, but you may also find that it is just a great resource to keep on hand and check back with during each transition, just like Kaly did.
“We moved again this summer, and I read my own book about moving and did all of the exercises. Again. Sometimes we start before we look at a map. And that’s okay,” Kaly said. “But sometimes, we have to go back and look at the map. Just to make sure that we’re headed in the right direction.”
Now, you have to pick up a copy of this book, don’t you? Well, Kaly has made it super easy for The Moving Mom blog readers! She’s giving us a discount! Woohoo! But, this code is only valid for a short window, so go get your copy. RIGHT NOW. Actually, buy two and pass one onto your friend! That’s how good this book is!