Typically, moving with your kids can be a daunting experience. It’s like juggling two different roles all the same time. Aside from paying attention to getting everything done for the relocation, you also need to watch after your children’s well-being as they adjust to the upcoming change.
So, if you want to navigate both your moving and parenting roles properly, here’s the ultimate moving guide for parents like you.
Prepare How To Tell Your Kids About The Move
Unlike adults, kids might have a hard time processing the whole idea of moving. More than anything else, they certainly need clarity and time to understand the situation and reduce the anxiety and fear they feel about the transition. Having said that, it’s essential to carefully prepare how you’re going to inform your kids about the upcoming relocation.
For instance, find the perfect time to introduce the topic to them. Make sure you have enough time to provide them with as much information as possible by answering their questions and entering into honest conversations with them. Also, don’t forget to highlight the positive aspects of moving to a new home to help them set realistic expectations about the move.
Visit Your New Place Before The Moving Day
As a parent, you should always prioritize the emotional and mental well-being of your kids. Thus, if you have spare time and budget, take them to your new place, so they get familiar with the whole surroundings and ease their fears about the relocation.
For example, if you’re moving to Manhattan and other metropolitan cities, walk them through your new neighborhood and the nearby establishments such as restaurants, amusement parks, malls, and many more. Also, be sure to pass by your kids’ new school, so they have an idea what their new learning institution looks like.
Reduce The Moving Stress
Again, kids experience much stress when the whole family is moving. And as a parent, you should minimize their moving stress from start to finish. Below are the things you can do to help your children:
- Remain Positive – In most cases, your kids will look at you to determine how they should behave or react to certain things. So, if you want them to feel relaxed about the upcoming move, be positive when you’re with them. Talk to them from time to time and highlight the positive sides of relocating to a new home. Provide them with some photographs of the place you’re moving in so they can have an idea what their new life will become.
- Provide Them With Distractions – If you see your kids worried about the change, then it’s best to distract them with games, toys, books, and other enjoyable activities. You can also ask a friend or relative to take them out while you’re busy with the moving tasks. This can be an excellent way to divert their attention and make them happy during the process.
- Allow Them To Be As Involved As Possible – As a parent, it’s always a natural feeling to protect your kids from anything challenging to do. However, when it comes to moving, it’s a good idea to get them involved in the packing process by letting them place their favorite things in a moving box. This can help make the transition fun for them, which, in turn, reduces the stress associated with moving.
Hire An Experienced Moving Company
Generally, moving can be a time-consuming undertaking. Without adequate preparation, you might have a hard time navigating each aspect of the process. And what’s more, if you do the relocation with your kids. To avoid more stressful complications, you should hire movers who can provide reliable moving and packing services.
With their expertise in moving, you can entrust the entire relocation process with them. That way, you can take care of your kids’ needs despite the transition. In other words, you can focus on their emotional well-being by minimizing the negative impact of the move for all of them.
It’s no secret that moving with kids is never easy. With plenty of things to think about, including your children’s welfare, you definitely need a moving guide to assist you with the process. Therefore, keep the information mentioned above in mind so you’ll know how to maintain a balance between moving and parenting.
4 Ways to Makes Friends Online (some with benefits!)
Considering how much time we all spend staring at screens all day, it’s still a wonder that we have time for good old fashion human connection. Of course most of that is done through online chatting and video now, but that still doesn’t make it any easier to start from scratch. Probably a lot of the people you talk with online aren’t people you met online. Usually it’s still through school or work or friends of friends. But if you do want to branch out, of course the internet is ready for you, and here are some great ways to meet people, with the first step being a completely digital one.
The Real Dating Revolution
It’s no surprise that it didn’t take long for the internet to offer online dating, but considering how old the internet actually is – say about twenty five years when it really hit ‘big’ – it’s only recently that it has become the ‘only’ way to meet people if you are looking for a quick hook-up or something long term. Sure you can still try and meet people in social gatherings, but that’s usually more coincidental. You would rarely go to a club or bar with the express intent of meeting a stranger. No, the internet has taken that, and whether you are interested in straight dating, gay dating, lesbian dating, or B, T and Q dating, you’ll find apps and websites catered to exactly the sort of person you’re looking for.
But since dating and relationships have gone through a pretty big upheaval or the last few decades, it’s less of a surprise to find that people are a lot more open with different types of couples. More and more people are living in open relationships, or relationships that involve three people. Age differences (all adults, of course) are becoming less of a taboo, and it’s even become more acceptable to announce that you are looking for a sugar daddy.
Do What You Like
If you aren’t actually looking for that other person to have a wild time in the bedroom, and just have a chill time on the couch, the internet can help you out there, too. For the most part, the easiest way to find someone who likes the same things as you is to check out message boards and forums for whatever hobbies or interests you have. Initially the internet had plenty of independently run messages boards for individual bands or tv shows or sports, but now more and more of them are being found under much larger websites like reddit or fandom.
Going to these sites and typing in your favourite ‘whatever’ will send you to a page with the latest posts on the same topic. It’s easy to start chatting immediately with other fans, and finding out that this other person thinks that Close Encounters of the Third Kind is Spielberg’s masterpiece can be the start of a fruitful friendship. Sometimes posting on these sites don’t require words, and instead you posts augmented photos, gifs, and other memes, because it is a creative way to get your point across.
Only thing better than talking about the movies and music you like is experiencing them together, and the internet can offer you that as well. Plenty of official band websites and You-Tube channels are showing more and more full concerts that have been professionally filmed over the years, and on some evenings they will ‘debut’ the concert live. And you and thousands of other fans can watch it unfold in real time, and chat about it in a nearby online window, making small talk about how awesome this is, just as if you were at a real concert.
Classic movies are also starting to offer this sort of experience, where people can text or message famous lines just before they are about to happen. And even if you and your new friends’ tastes are a bit more bizarre, you can still do it informal way by starting the movie on your TV at the same time as they do on theirs, and you can text or message back and forth about what is happening on your screen. Sure, live television does this all the time, but it’s a bit more special when you set it up yourself.
Playing video games through the magic of the internet has changed how an entire generation interacts with each other. Sure, video games themselves are several decades old, but the multiplayer component just started to take off about fifteen years ago, with Halo 2 being the forerunner. Before that, you could only play video games with the friends on your couch. Now they can be on their own couch, half a world away.
And whether you want to run a round a realistic war environment and try for the most kills in one death match, or have a wild, cartoony race through a land of cakes and sweets, there is definitely an online video game for that. Certain games require a certain console (the Call of Duty Series is only available on Xbox and Playstation, whereas the Mario Kart and Smash Bros. series are only found on Nintendo), so you have to pick and choose to where you and your friends’ interests lie. Fortunately, more and more games are offering cross-play, which means no matter consoles you and your friends have, you can still play together (Fortnite offers this).