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Most kids move at least once during their childhood. Whatever the reason behind the move, this is a transition that can be challenging for children. Young people may find it difficult to understand the range of emotions associated with a move: from fear and sadness to resentment and anger to excitement and anticipation. Books can help them feel less alone and more at ease with their feelings, and allows them to tackle these complicated emotions from a comfortable distance; through the experiences of a fictional character.
Come see where it all began in this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. Join Mama, Papa, and Brother as they pack up, say heartfelt goodbyes to friends, and move from the mountains and into their beloved tree house down the sunny dirt road
Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls Book One: Moving Day by Meg Cabot
When nine-year-old Allie Finkle’s parents announce that they are moving her and her brothers from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian in town, Allie’s sure her life is over. She’s not at all happy about having to give up her pretty pink wall-to-wall carpeting for creaky floorboards and creepy secret passageways-not to mention leaving her modern, state-of-the-art suburban school for a rundown, old-fashioned school just two blocks from her new house.
With a room she’s half-scared to go into, the burden of being “the new girl,” and her old friends all a half-hour car ride away, how will Allie ever learn to fit in?
Mr. B’s Adventures with Mom: Moving Day by Cecilia Allsopp
Mr. B is a Beta fish and he is moving to Arizona from Ohio, with his mom worrying about him along the way. Mr. B is timid as the trip begins. Yet as the journey progresses, Mr. B gets more familiar with their daily routine and the movement of the water in his aquarium bowl. As long as Mr. B has his mom there, he can relax and enjoy the ride.
Moving Day for Alex: Book One of the Growing Up With Alex Series by Cynthia Macgregor
Major changes of any kind can present a challenge to kids. In Moving Day for Alex, the first book in our new Growing Up with Alex series, Alex has trouble coping with his family’s move to a new house but learns that change doesn’t have to be scary and can even bring some great surprises and very positive outcomes.
There is nothing more exciting than moving to a new city. However, with the glimmering hope of a fresh start comes the nerve wracking reality that you don’t know much about your new home. Here are some of the best ways to get comfortable with your surroundings and make the transition from tourist to local.
Do your research
When you have made a big move to a new town, the internet is your best friend. There are many apps, sites and reviews available to help you locate businesses to suit your needs. We all need things like a doctor, a favorite grocery store chain, or a hairdresser as integral parts of our day to day life. Once you have your list of ‘must finds’ plug them into sites like Yelp, get options in your area, read some reviews and then choose a couple to visit in person. Another way to access a list of what is available near to your new home is the app ‘Google Nearby’. This app gives almost every conceivable category you might be looking for and searches for what is near to you. Actively searching and finding options for where you live now will make you feel settled in your new city.
Get involved at the new school
If you happen to be moving with school age children, getting comfortable as quickly as possible can be even more of a priority and comes with its own set of challenges. Getting them comfortable at the school where they spend the majority of their time is important. The best way to integrate your children and yourself with a new school is to get involved. Go along to fun nights, sports days, sign up for the PAC, organize playdates, the more you open your time and lives to school based activities, the sooner your kids will feel part of their new community.
Get a feel for your neighborhood
Ditch the keys, open the front door, and take a stroll in your surrounding neighborhood as often as possible in those first weeks. It’s amazing what you notice when you are on foot, as opposed to quickly driving by. It will help you get a feel for the smells, sounds and sights of where you are living and help you memorize directions a lot quicker. Another huge advantage is the ability to meet and greet neighbors while you are out and about. You can ask their advice about their favorite nearby stores, restaurants, and businesses. Who knows, you might just begin new friendships.
Moving to a new city or neighborhood can be both stressful and exciting. During this busy time, the little people in our lives often get overlooked in the move process. They can often feel stressed out or fearful of moving to a new place, but there are ways to make the transition easier.
Get them excited about the move
Ask your child what they would like to see in their new home or neighborhood. A bigger room or backyard? A cool crawlspace? A park nearby? A cool skate park? If possible, include them in the house hunting process and bring them along to view homes. Being involved will help them feel a part of the moving process.
Create a Memory Book
If you are changing schools and moving away from friends, create a memory book that teachers, friends, and coaches can sign, attach pictures, and record their email/mailing address. Staying in touch with loved ones will help as they meet new people.
Goodbye Party and Planned Visits
Before you move, host a casual pot-luck party where friends and family can drop by to visit and say goodbye. It may also help your kids if you book a few visitors shortly after you have settled into your new home. Saying goodbye is much easier when kids can look forward to showing off their new neighborhood to visitors.
Decorating their New Room
An exciting aspect of a new room is getting to decorate it! If your budget and patience will allow, have the kids pick out their new bedspread, paint color and “theme” of their new room. If you just can’t give up control of the design aspects, consider temporary wall decals. Giving kids a space in their new home that feels uniquely “theirs” will provide comfort as they adjust.
Get out and Explore
Take the time to explore your new neighborhood from a kid’s perspective. Introduce yourselves to the neighbors so they are no longer strangers. Find nearby parks and recreation centres to play in, scout out a cool restaurant to visit, check out their new school. The sooner things become familiar, the easier the adjustment for everyone.
Moving with kids to a new home can be hard, but having a plan to help them adjust will make that move go smoothly and you’ll all be settled in in no time.
There’s no getting around it, Spring time is wet in Vancouver!
Melting snow, rain showers, and morning dew, all contribute to puddles, sloppy mud, slick driveways and walkways. Not an ideal situation for moving boxes and heavy items!
Rest assured, AMJ Campbell Movers are well equipped to handle such weather, and take precautions to protect your items and your home.
However, for those items not able to be transported in the moving trucks (hazardous material, pets, valuables), here are tips to protect the items you personally transport:
- AMJ movers place cloth runners on your floors and carpets to protect them. For yourself, consider a package of inexpensive shoe covers, cardboard, or old towels, to keep from tracking water in your home.
- Have friends or family bring belongings to the front door, where they can meet a second person waiting to take the items inside your home.
- If your new home has a garage, back up to it, and keep your items safe from the elements.
- Cover items with plastic wrap, heavy blankets, and garbage bags to protect them from the elements
- Have a clear path, free from puddles and mud, to ensure no-one slips, falls, or drops items, while unloading.
With the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, Spring can be a fantastic time to move. It just takes a little extra planning to protect you from Mother Nature.