Keeping the kids happy
Moving to a new area can be an unnerving experience for adults, but for the kids the experience can be downright traumatic. The prospect of leaving friends, school and familiar settings can cause serious problems at a time when parents already have their hands full. More than anything else, children fear the unknown; what will my new school be like? Who will my new friends be? Can I still be a scout? Will I ever see my old friends again? Will my new room be as nice as my old room? The more information you give a child in advance about his/her new environment, the more secure hell feel about the move. Here are some tips to smooth the transition.
If at all possible, visit the new school with your child, preferably while school is still in season, so your child can get a picture of it in his/her mind. Ask the principal and guidance counselor if there are special programmes at the start of a new school year fro new students. School officials may be able to refer you to one or two local kids who will serve as buddies once your child starts.
THE NEW HOME
At the start of the home buying process, involve your children very directly - ask them what they like and dislike about your current home, how they would like to decorate tier new room. Open discussions not only generate excitement and give the child some sense of control, they help the parents define their home buying needs.
THE MOVING PROCESS
To keep children enthusiastic about the move during the time prior to moving day, involve them in the preparation process. This will ensure what they have a chance to deal with the move emotionally. Give them a photo of the new home to show their friends and a sketch of the floor plan of their rooms so they can plan where they want to place their belongings.
GIVE THEM SPACE
Give your children a chance to say good-bye to old friends. Allow for the possibility that your children may be depressed or moody for a while - just keep loving them through the process. Dont keep asking them if they are making new friends - they will do this in their own time and when they feel comfortable. Encourage them to invite new friends around to meet you.
MOVING YOUR PETS
Animals need special care and handling to get to their new home. Here are a few tips on getting your menagerie from there to there.
In general, it is impractical to move an any aquariums with fish in it. Plan on giving the fish away with a promise to restock the aquarium when you arrive at your new home if you are travelling long distances. For local moves, fish should be put into well sealed plastic bags with sufficient water.
CATS & DOGS
Think twice about taking your dog or cat with on a long cross country trip. Not only can animals get car-sick, but being cooped up in a car all day can make them nervous and can cause them to act strangely. They must be fed and watered (make sure you take a water dish) they have to make rest stops and they have to be on a leash to keep them from running off anytime the car door is opened. Some hotels/motels will not allow pets. Others have facilities for handling travelers pets. Call in advance and check your route. You may wish to make use of Animal movers.
If you are flying to your new destination, your animals can ride in the baggage compartment. In this instance, you will need a health certificate from your Vet. Call the airline in advance and request details about special holding cages/boxes. To make sure your pet is comfortable, it is a good idea to get some tranquilizers from your Vet. Its also a good idea to put a piece of clothing with your scent into the box so it will feel more at home. It is sometimes a good idea to take your animals to kennels a few days before you can move to keep them out of the way during the packing process.
Collections of hamsters, birds, mice and such can be transported in the family car fairly easily. Make sure they have enough food and water and are out of drafts or extreme temperatures. Its good to cover their cages with a cloth to keep them quiet and restful. Remember, a long trip can be even tougher for an animal then a human!
MOVING YOUR HOUSE PLANTS
If you cant bear the thought of leaving your pot plants, there are ways you can take them with you without hurting them!
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