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Having a room to call their own may help children who have been shaken up by a recent move. Follow these few tips to make the transition for your kid as smooth as possible:
Help your children unpack their own items. Ask them how they would like to decorate their room. This will make them feel more comfortable in the new room. Ask them to unpack their favorite pictures and toys and decorate the room as they wish. Cover the bed with their favorite bed sheets and blankets.
Display all their favorite items around the room. Help him or her explore every nook and corner of the room. Read a few more tips on how to make kids comfortable in the new home.
Discuss with your kids about the differences between their old room and the new room. Let your kids express what they like about their new room. Ask them about the positive things in the room like– is the room bigger than their old room? Is it painted in a prettier color? Thinking positive about the room will help the kids like the room and get familiar with it.
Decorate the room with things that will interest your children, as well as excite them. Paint the room in a color that your kid likes the most. If kids are ready to accept a new arrangement such as their own room or a “big kid” bed, this is what you can use to get them thrilled with the change
Have a conversation with your parent(s) regarding the move. Discuss the reasons for the move and the benefits and new opportunities that will result from your parent(s) moving. Remember to have patience and be understanding of resistance, as this is a major change in their lives. A good mindset would be to make it your responsibility to make this transition easier, and some different ways to do this would include: showing them photos of the new neighborhood, giving them a list of different activities/hobbies/clubs in the community that may interest them, etc.
If your parents must downsize their belongings for the move, be respectful and help them in the sorting process. Remember to understand the difficulty for your parent(s) in letting go of certain items. After the sorting process, hold a garage or yard sale for the items that your parents don’t need. You can also put some goods into storage or donate them to a charity.
When moving aging parents, it is encouraged that you hire a mover/professional packing business, or you can recruit friends and family to help you with the heavier items. Make sure to start early to allow yourself enough time to pack, and make a list of what you should be packing. In this list, packing by category will help you to unpack easily. When loading the boxes into the truck, make sure that boxes containing important items such as your parents’ bedding, clothes, etc. are loaded last so that they can be the first unloaded.
Before heading out, it would be a good idea to have your parents visit the doctor and make sure they are safe to travel. For the trip, bring any medications with you in the car, and include important documents like:
Brainstorm beforehand about your parents’ life after the move. Explore different ways to help your parents stay involved in the new community. They can help at the local schools, library, or church. Search for local clubs where your parents can meet like-minded people. Rekindling old activities after the move can also be fun. Encourage your parents to join the local bowling club, golf club, etc., as these activities allow them time out of the house and result in some physical exercise. It’s important that your parents don’t feel lonely after the move because loneliness can be a major health issue.
Make sure that your dog is well-accustomed to riding in the car. In case your dog is not used to car travel then before the actual move, take short rides with him/her to help him/her in getting accustomed to the motion of the car
Don’t feed your dog too much before the trip. This is to prevent any motion sickness or vomiting
Consult a veterinarian and have a health checkup for your dog to ensure that he/she is in good condition to travel. If your dog is prone to motion sickness, ask the veterinarian about medication to reduce or eliminate the symptoms
The move will be a happy one for your dog if he/she has comfortable items surrounding him/her in the car. Because of this, ensure that you have all the necessary items that your dog might require during the drive. Some of these include
Sometimes too many people or too much stuff in the car may leave little space for your dog to sit in a relaxing position. Also, take frequent breaks and let your dog get out of the vehicle so that he/she can stretch his/her legs
While on the move, try to avoid letting your dog stick his/her head out the window to avoid any chance of dirt or bugs landing on and irritating your dog’s face or eyes. Also, try to keep your dog in a seat belt while driving, and never leave your dog in the car on warm days, as they can quickly develop heat stroke
Even though your dog will be traveling with you, remember to keep your dog’s identification tags attached to his/her collar.