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Moving to the Nashville Area from California? Here’s What You Should Know
It seems like sooner or later, you will experience selling your home and moving into another. While moving can be disruptive for parents, it can be traumatic for children. Simply because it is usually not their plan but the plan of the parents and in most cases connected to a work/career position.
This is a time when children need that extra attention and should be included in the process to feel more comfortable about the change. Children love familiarity and routine. As parents you need to consider the move. weigh the benefits of the change versus the zone of comfort and know how to assist them in the transition from the children's surroundings, friends and social life.
Whatever the circumstances of a move happen to be, keeping a positive attitude is essential during this time of transition. Everyone in the family is looking for reassurance that everything is going to be okay.
Talking about the move can answer numerous questions that might lead to anxiety. Parents should give as much information as possible to help contribute to an atmosphere of calm and happiness. Of course, you have to answer all questions truthfully and be receptive to both positive and negative reactions.
A move across town affords you the ability to show the new home to your children, however a cross country move may not. Not to worry! In this day of technology you can take movies and pictures and even provide a picture or two of prospective homes and the new schools they will be attending.
Suggestions for a smooth transition:
* Keep information clear and simple
* Explain that packing toys and favorite books is to move them and is not throwing them away
* You can role play with toy trucks and figures to make move seem more on their level.
* If new home is nearby and vacant - make a visit and take a couple of toys each visit.
* Do not make any other big changes like potty training or advancing from a crib to a bed during move.
* Buying new furniture for children's room sounds great but you might want to wait until you are in and settled to make that kind of change.
* Arrange a sitter for younger children on moving day.
Moving with teenagers can add a whole new set of challenges. It can involve severing romantic relationships to re-arranging special events like prom that are already in the planning stages. In some cases an older child might even want to finish the year by living with a relative or close friend. There is the other thought that moving mid year can give students time to meet new friends and become involved before the school year ends. Give a lot of thought and conversation with your child to see which situation works best for your family.
Moving can present many challenges, but many good things also come from a life change like moving. Many times the family becomes bonded and much closer by sharing new experiences. It seems you learn more about each other while going through the change of residences. Preparing for the move and talking about the move seems to be the key.
...."You've got a Friemd in Real Estate"
Moving day can be filled with anxiety but not if you prepare ahead of time and that includes the much loved family pet. A local move can be much easier since at least you can keep your same veterinarian and local pet retailers. An interstate move can be a bit more challenging but again preparation is the key to success. Remembering some of the follwing suggestions can be of great help
* A visit to vet with an inquiry about having a chip installed, if not already there, in case Skippy should get away from you. This procedure is really not that expensive and you get a listing in the National Pet Registry. At this time check to see all vaccinations are up to date- and get paperwork to verify and give to the next vet to care for your pet. Some pets do not do well with change and this might be the time to ask the vet if a mild sedative might be needed for your pet on moving day.
* Keep familiar pet toys, feeding bowls and crates. This will keep the pet's anxiety level to a minimum. Make sure you have the regular brand of pet food. This is not the time to grab a new kind on the road because you forgot to purchase or pack normal brand. Even taking along water from previous home is a good idea to keep your pet from having an upset stomach.
* A repetitive schedule of routines at your previous location is essential. If Skippy gets a walk at 7:15 am each morning, try to keep this schedule. Especially the same eating schedule. When talking about food and water, it is a good idea to not give food or water for 5 or 6 hours before the trip to new home. Especially if it is a plane ride.
* For a long cross country move that requires a plane ride for all including Skippy, check ahead for airlines that consider animal transport. Actually contacting a pet transport company is ideal. Transport companies pick your pet up at your home and deliver to your new home with an all inclusive service.
* Just like people animals have to become familiar with their new surroundings. Using their previous utensils, toys and pet beds etc. is really a big help. Once your family is settled, finding a new vet can be done by asking your previous veterinarian for a recommendation or by calling the humane society in your new location.
* Most of all remember to keep your pet's routine as regular as possible. Also remember the day of the move to have someone familiar to Skippy care for him to shield him from all the confusion thus keeping their anxiety level down.
Always remember that you and I can work out these details before the big day of moving.
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