Whether you move across town or across the country, use some of these tips to make your move less stressful and more fun - for you and your children.

A household move can be traumatic for any age child. "Children take great pleasure in mastering their environment. Being moved disrupts all that," notes developmental pediatrician Peter Gorski, M.D.

Yet, each year, one out of every five American families with school-age children moves, according to several federal agencies. So what can you do to make a move less stressful and more fun for your children?

Here's how my husband and I handled five moves in 12 years with our sons. Our youngest son followed our examples and also came up with some of his own strategies when he moved his young twins four times in six years.

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