With the spring season upon us, many families are currently facing the prospect of moving this upcoming year. Moving can be a disruptive experience for parents but can be even more traumatic for children. Many kids may not understand why they need to move so it is important to make them feel a part of the decision process. Some children may need more attention during the transition then others.
There are several things that you as a parent can do to support your child through this transitional time in their life. The following strategies may assist in helping your family cope more effectively with the upcoming relocation:
- Discuss the impending move openly and positively with all family members. Openly address negative issues if there are any.
- Show children your concerns in a positive manner. Remind them of past fears they have overcome successfully. Remember that they are watching you to see what you do and how you feel.
- Read books about moving to the very young. It may assist them to verbalize their concerns.
- Include children in the planning stage as much as possible. Have them help search for appropriate neighborhoods or homes.
- Have each person in the family develop a plan to say goodbye to all of his or her favourite people, places or things. If there is time, have each child develop a plan on how they would like to keep in touch with after the move is complete.
- Encourage each family member to research into any activity in the new neighborhood they would like to try. This will allow children to have an activity to look forward to after the move is complete.
- Take clues from your children. Let them tell you what they are thinking either through their words or their actions.
- If the timing is correct, visit your child's future school. Schedule time to meet the principal and some of the teachers.
- After the move is complete, help your child decorate their new room, making it their special place in the new home.
Earth Hour is a Global Environmental Movement organized by the World Wildlife Foundation. The Lights Off Event was famously started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. Last year alone, there were over 7,000 cities around the world that participated in the Lights Off Event.
Highland Moving offices' in both Edmonton and Calgary will be supporting Earth Hour 2015 by turning off all of our non-essential lights from 8:30-9:30pm on March 28th, 2015. By turning off our lights, we are able to assist with climate change that is currently impacting all of us. We invite all households and companies to join us this week in participating as every little step counts.
For more information on Earth Hour or to see what you can do at home or work to support the movement please visit the Earth Hour website by clicking here.
If you’re considering moving this upcoming year and you are currently looking at various moving companies on the market, it is also important to consider if you will be purchasing moving insurance. While it might be tempting to save some money by opting out of the insurance policy options moving companies offer, the price you pay for doing so might end up being higher then what you had originally budgeted for.
Just like when you book a family summer vacation, insurance for your upcoming move is an optional extra. If you do not like the risk of potentially getting injured while on holidays then why would you risk your most treasured possessions while they are being transferred from one location to another?
Many professional moving companies state that insurance is included in their moving packages however this is typically limited liability coverage which has limitations. For example, if an item were to get damaged during the relocation process, typically there is a limit to how much you can claim per item under limited liability coverage. It is always best to double check to see how much is actually covered by the moving company you choose to book with.
Highland Moving is happy to offer our customers Replacement Value Protection, which is commonly offered by moving companies at a small additional cost depending on how large the move is. This type of moving insurance extends the liability to provide additional protection for your goods. Make sure you fully understand what insurance you have agreed upon on your moving proposal including any limitations. If you are unsure please let your relocation coordinator know and they will be happy to assist you.
Remember, moving insurance not only offers you peace of mind but also prepares you should the unexpected occur during the moving day. If you would like more information about the moving insurance options we offer, please give us a call directly and a Highland Moving team member will be happy to assist you.
The Highland Piper has decided to turn into cupid for those young and old lovers moving in together on Valentine’s day! Instead of having to pay for two separate moves from each residence, our Piper turned cupid will pay for one of the moves for you!
So if you are old or young and in love and taking the big plunge on Valentine's day, please give us a call at 780-453-6777 or click here for a free estimate.
Some conditions apply:
Applies to local moves in Edmonton or Calgary only.
There are limited crews-first come first served.
Must be from 2 residences moving to one on Feb 14, 2015.
Whether you’re moving within town or across the province of Alberta, getting settled into your new community can always be a little nerve-racking. Your new home and community you relocated to should be a place that supports and reenergizes you and your family. To assist with settling into a new community after the move is complete consider the following tips:
Find a common interest support network. For instance if you have kids, look out for young family groups. If you are into mountain hiking, consider looking for an outdoor adventure club. A great way to find a common interest support network is to utilize online tools such as MeetUp.
Volunteer. Community service may be one of the best ways to create meaningful new ties. Find opportunities through local community centers, newspapers or through social media.
To speed up with unpacking, place boxes in the rooms where they belong. The sooner you unpack, the more time you will have to explore your new surroundings. If you still have no motivation to unpack the cartons after putting them in their appropriate rooms give us a call. We would be happy to provide you with more information in regards to the unpacking services we have available for you.
Taking a stroll around the neighborhood is the best way to introduce yourself and your family to the new neighbors.
If you’ve just moved with children it is important to settle into your daily routine by keeping bedtime hours, meal times and play times consistent. By doing so, it will assist with everyone feeling more settled into their new space.
If you have relocated pets such as cats and/or dogs try to surround them with items that look familiar such as their favorite bed or toy. By doing so, it will give them the opportunity to feel safe in their new surroundings.