How to Make the House Moving Easy for the Kids- GuestPost



Making the life-changing decision to move house is almost unbearable for the whole family. However, adults tend to focus on the more practical side of the problems, while children get frustrated over the things they are about to leave behind. Losing friends, the already established security and the familiar environment. What makes children feel even worse is the fact that the adults make all the decisions and they don't have the say about almost anything. Kids can do little or nothing to influence this decision.
 

 According to research, moving to a new house is even more stressful than going through an illness, losing your job or even divorce. And since it is so difficult for an adult, just imagine how hard it would be for a child. However, you, as a parent, can do a couple of things in order to help your kid with the transition.
 

Talk things over beforehand and provide them with as much time as possible so that they could get used to the idea. Give them a lot of information about the new house/apartment, as well as the area you are moving to. Make them realize that the new place is not necessarily worse than the old one. Stress on the advantages your future home has over your present one. In a way, try to make you child eager to move. If the place is not too far away (same city, or a neighboring one) make a couple of visits prior to the actual moving, in order to get acquainted with the environment. If it is too far away for you to go to, 'explore' it via the internet.
 

Try not to devote all your time talking about the moving. This might have a negative effect on the little one. Every now and then, try to take his/her mind away from what is about to happen. Do that by indulging in pleasant past time activities together. Go to the movies, attend a favorite sports event or simply stay at home playing video games. Even though moving might be your top priority at the moment, try not to let it appear that way.
 

It is true that the child can't decide on which house to buy and all those major matters. However, if the kid is old enough, you can make him/her feel important and involved by letting him/her decide pretty much anything about the kid's room – the color, the interior, the arrangement of the furniture, etc.
 

The actual moving could be a real pain in the neck. Kids sense that this is it, there is no turning back, so they might try to fight it and simply give you a hard time. In order to soothe your child you can do a thing or two. Take his/her mind away from where you are going to by letting them play a video game during the drive or watch a movie on a portable DVD player. As for little children, a somehow insidious, but rather effective method would be tiring them prior to the drive so that they could sleep through the whole journey. Do that by playing a game of football or any other type of sport that is tiring.
 

When you already arrive at your new home be sure that not everything will go as smoothly as planned. Again, your child will feel uneasy and upset. Spend as much time together as possible. Go around the new neighborhood, meet the neighbors, visit the new school, introduce yourselves to the teachers, visit all the landmarks, and so on. In a word, help your child get familiar with the new home so that s/he can start loving it, rather than detesting it.
 

All of this will take time, so try to be patient and do not force the change upon your kid. With time, s/he will get used to the transition and start living a normal life.

Philis Chapman is a stay at home mom and a devoted wife who loves to indulge her beloved men and who gladly provides tips and ideas on how to ease the life of a housewife. For more information, please visit: Londonremovals

Saving Special Things Guest Post

In the middle of crazy days trying to feed everyone, run errands, and keep children from running amok and writing on the walls, the days of kiddie years can seem to stretch out endlessly in front of you. But as parents, we all know that the childhood days pass in the blink of an eye, and before you know it you’re looking at their old baby clothes and wondering how they ever used to be so small. We collect special things over the years to keep for our children; these mementos may include

·    A favorite toy
·    A christening dress
·    Little shoes
·    Baby announcements
·    Photos

Once we have all these things, the question is, of course, what do we do with them? How do we preserve them from the ravages of time and the mauling of sticky little fingers? How do we keep them from just becoming another box of useless junk?
Well, you have two basic options for saving special things—storing them or displaying them. Or, if you’re a little more adventurous, you can transform them and use them as well.

Storage
If your plan to store your child’s mementos is to stick them in a box, that’s fine. However, you may be happier down the road (and have a better chance of preserving your mementos longer) if you stick them in the right kind of box in the right way. If you choose to store mementos, you may consider investing in a cedar chest, especially if those mementos are textiles. Cedar has been proven to have insect-repellant properties and will keep your child’s little clothes and baby blankets nice for years to come. If cedar isn’t an option, however, choose acid- and lignin-free cardboard and tissue paper to preserve textiles in. In albums, photos should be mounted on acid-free paper. Organize your items carefully to keep them looking new. FamilyArchives.com gives a few suggestions for organizing your mementos—you can group them by

·    Person
·    Timeframe (1960, 1970, 1980)
·    Events (weddings, vacations, births, graduations)
·    Activities (schools, jobs, organizations)
·    Clothing (wedding clothes, uniforms, baby clothes)
·    Three-dimensional collectibles (figurines, art, toys, dishes, etc.)

Oh yes—and be sure to label each article in some way that explains its significance. Because, believe it or not, you forget stuff. (You know that “mommy brain” phenomenon? It’s real.) Two years—or even two months—down the line you may not remember that this particular set of rompers was the one he wore when he took his first steps, and this little dress was the one she wore on her first birthday party. You will want a labeling system that can be easily expanded over time.

Display
Mementos stored in a box somewhere can be easily forgotten—it’s the whole “out of sight, out of mind” principle. Thus, some people choose to display their mementos where they can see and appreciate them every day. A popular choice for displaying mementos is a shadow box, which is a deep frame inset with glass to protect the items inside. These are great for displaying three-dimensional objects and textiles in an attractive way. Some moms have chosen to hang their child’s christening dress in the nursery as part of the d├ęcor.

Transformation and Use
Using your mementos for either their original purpose or transforming them to use them for something new is a little bit more adventurous approach, but it can give your mementos new life and another layer of meaning as you use them to make more memories. Technically, you are using your items for decoration when you display them, but when we say “use” we mean something a little more functional in this case, such as using a christening gown for several children instead of just saving it for one. The British Royal Family has used the same gown for christenings since the 1840s—talk about an item with some rich family history!
Some ideas for transformation include
·    Making a quilt out of baby outfits or blankets
·    Metal-plating baby shoes and making them into bookends
·    Crafting an activity book out of old clothes (if you’re really adventurous!) Check out one mom’s project here: http://fortytworoads.blogspot.com/2007/10/close-your-clothes.html
Transformations take a little bit of effort and imagination, but the results can be truly spectacular.
So don’t despair—there are numerous ways for you to preserve your mementos and keep them from a fate of being shoved up in a dusty attic and forgotten. Store, display, or transform your mementos to keep your precious memories alive and well.

Rebecca Jensen is a freelance writer who loves making memories and finding new and creative ways to preserve them. She currently writes for the handmade christening dress supplier christeninggowns.com.