Pack Light for a Weekend Away with the Kids

If you’re planning on heading off on a weekend getaway with the kids, one thing you’ll want to do is ensure you’re packing light.

Now, this is definitely easier said than done! Any parent knows just how much extra stuff a trip with the kids usually requires. It’s surprising how much stuff kids actually need when they go anywhere; especially if they’re young children. However, there are ways to pack a little lighter and below you’ll discover just a few of them.

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Make a list of what you need

One of the best ways to avoid overpacking, is to make a list of the things you actually need. While you may want to follow an ultimate family packing list, often you’ll find these can be pretty extensive!

So, instead focus on the basics. Consider the age of your children and what they’ll actually need. If you’re travelling with a baby or toddler, packing light is going to be a challenge. However, slightly older children aren’t going to need the same level of necessities, so you can afford to be a little ruthless when putting their list together. For example, do they really need an entire wardrobe of clothes? Cut out anything you feel you can get away with and you’ll be surprised just how much space this tip alone can save you.

Clever clothes packing

Following on from the last point, your children aren’t going to need as many clothes as you might think. You can also get clever with the clothes you do pack.

For example, why not combine clothing and entertainment and invest in trainers which convert to roller skates? You can pick up some pretty trendy Heely’s trainers from companies like Proline Skates.

Take the right luggage

Instead of carrying one or two large combined suitcases, it could work out easier if you were to take a few smaller suitcases. Having a small to medium suitcase for each of your children, doesn’t just free up space in the boot of the car, but it also helps them to feel a little more independent.

Overall, packing light isn’t always easy when you’ve got kids. However, the above are just a few ways you can save a little space on your next weekend away. The key is to be ruthless with what you’re packing and to ensure you only take the bare essentials.

Choosing Toys Which Grow with your Kids

The sheer number of toys available these days can be a little overwhelming. Kids are literally spoilt for choice with something to suit all age ranges and preferences. However, the trouble is, so many toys that you buy for your kids end up either being thrown out in a year’s time or given away.

If you’re buying toys for young children, it can make a lot of sense to invest in toys that will grow with them. This provides much better value for money and gives your kids a gift they can enjoy for many years. The question is which toys can you buy that will grow with your child? Below you’ll discover some of the best toys available right now that will grow with your kids.

Educational Interactive Toys

One of the best types of toys that grow with your kids is educational interactive toys. These include things like the Leapfrog Leapstart. This early learning system is designed to grow with your child, increasing in difficulty as they age. It teaches them about animals, numbers and phonics. As they get older, you simply buy additional books to match their new abilities.

Scooters

Scooters are another great choice. They’re fun for all ages and can be used for many years. Even toddler scooters from SkateHut can be used for years. What’s great about this toy is the fact it is also super-fun. You could even invest in adult scooters and play along with your toddler as a great family activity.

Choosing Toys Which Grow with your Kids scooter skate hut

In today’s digital world, it’s good to give the kids active toys to play with. So, if you are investing in educational interactive toys, make sure you’re also buying something to keep their body active too.

Lego

Lego is one of the few toys which has stood the test of time. While it may not be suitable for very young children, depending upon the set, it’s something that’s going to be played with for many years to come.

The great thing about Lego is that it is fully-adaptable. There’s no end to the things you can create with them. As your child ages, they could even start to create more intricate objects such as a pinball machine!

As you can see, there’s a lot of toys you can buy which grow with your child. If you want to ensure you’re getting good value for money, choose any of the toys listed above.

Easy Rubbish Removal with Clearabee

With local Councils being extremely picky when it comes to emptying your bins…. you know…. not taking them if they are slightly overflowing or being fastidious about whether the recycling is in the correct one…. it can be an extremely frustrating and annoying experience just getting rid of your household waste!

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Annoying extra rubbish

What do you do if you have more waste one week? Where does it go if you can’t put it in the bin? Rubbish removal can be stressful, especially if you’ve had an occasion like a birthday… extra toy boxes for example from presents or a party meaning lots of people creating lots more rubbish! Maybe you’ve been having a clearout of one of the rooms…. changing furniture… or tidying up the garden… where do you end up putting everything you no longer want or need?

You probably decide upon leaving it all in one corner of the house, if you have space, or it ends up being left in the garden, leaving an unsightly mess until you ‘get around’ to removing it properly. Only this never happens, and it tends to sit there festering for months!

This is going on right here in my own house to be honest!

We have loads of broken outdoor toys and old paddling pools etc we need to get rid of. We even have one of those bike trailers that you pull kids around in just sitting in the garden right now. It’s all ripped and ruined but do you think we have removed it? No. Well short of physically taking it to a dump, which isn’t feasible as it’s too big to get in my car… where do I take it?

How to get rid of rubbish quickly and easily

I’ve recently been learning about a fantastic, nationwide rubbish removal company, Clearabee who are simply perfect for these types of jobs.

You can use them as and when, for a small job or for a mammoth clear out… such as furniture. They even do a same day clearance which is absolutely amazing!

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Man & Van

Their Man & Van service is the most popular, with every employee working directly for the company, no outsourcing, so you can rest assured he will have been rigorously vetted to provide a high quality, trustworthy service. Simply book online, choosing one of the many options for size of removals… and that’s it!

Clearabee also do a Skip Bag (Beebag) which they send out to you to keep and fill up at your leisure. It’s like a traditional skip in that way, only you can keep it where you like, you’re not restricted to it being on a drive or on the road, which incurs extra costs! The bags come in different sizes too so no need to have a huge bag just sitting around forever waiting to be filled… like what usually happens with skips! Or worse, passers by end up putting their own rubbish into your skip!

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It’s not always big things that clog up the bins though. Sometimes we just have too much household waste. The normal every day stuff that would just be thrown in the wheelie bin that we can’t put in there because, well, they’re full and of course we know, the refuse collectors won’t collect it if it’s even slightly overflowing!

But… Clearabee will take care of this too! Simply order some of their bin bags and fill up as you would any other black bag and a Clearbee Man with a Van will pop by, at your convenience, and remove it for you. This straightforward rubbish removal service is also eco friendly, with 90% of the waste being recycled, even the vans used for this purpose are smaller and much more economical.

Clearabee also work for many businesses who need more rubbish removal than usual.. or even just a one off job of removing items due to a shop or office refit! Prices are significantly reduced too if you join their loyalty scheme, for the home or for business premises! Definitely worth thinking about if you use them regularly.

That’s better…

Sometimes, a friend or a relative might step in and say they will help with your rubbish removal which, although cheap, is not always conducive! Not knowing when this help will materialise can end up being rather stressful as it’s clogginmg up your home or outside space, but you don’t want to pester anyone who’s been good enough to offer. So realistically, in the long run, it’s best to just go with a great company like Clearabee and get rid of it straight away, then it’s not driving you mad every time you look at it and you can move forward, concentrating on the next job in hand.

Tidy house, tidy mind so they say!

Family Festival – Kidztown at Boomtown Fair!

Boomtown families

If you’re looking for some out of this world family festival fun this Summer, then look no further than Boomtown Fair!

Held on the Matterley Estate, Winchester, on the 9-12th August, if you’ve never considered this festival as a contender for your family, then think again!

My son went to Boomtown Fair last year (when he was 18) and he has raved (pardon the pun) about it ever since! Relaying stories and antics, showing me photo’s and video he’s taken… he gets excited and animated as he tries to get across and make me understand just how utterly amazing it is!

To say he absolutely loved it would be an understatement. Actually, he reckons it’s become his all time favourite place now… even surpassing festival holidays abroad… with sun, sand and sea! He has two holidays booked this year and he even said he’d sacrifice the holidays to go to Boomtown if he had to choose!

Is he mad?

So it got me thinking…. Boomtown MUST be pretty special right?!

The one thing he does say time and time again is that I couldn’t even begin to get my head around how big, crazy and mind blowing it is!

Well, this year….. I’m going to find out for myself! And I cannot contain my excitement!

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I am super proud to say I’m going to be working with Boomtown Fair this year to bring you everything ‘family’ about this cooler than cool festival!

Yes, that’s right… I did say FAMILY! I think most people who’ve at least heard of the festival would genuinely think it’s not a place for children, I know I did! If you thought it was more a haven for the under 25’s with hardcore partying and indulgence being the number 1 name of the game… you’d be right of course to assume there’s plenty of that going on… but Boomtown is so much more! It caters for everyone…. young, old and everything in between….. their family programme is huge and I want to tell you all about it!

But first, if you haven’t checked out the website then you must… it will give you an idea of the truly brilliant, bizarre and, as my son says, mind blowing world that is Boomtown! It’s difficult to get one’s head around it if I’m being totally honest. From the unbelievable to the downright bonkers, Boomtown really does seem unlike anything you would’ve experienced before!

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boomtown

Dubbed ‘The Machine that cannot be Stopped’ for Chapter 10, it’s 10th birthday, Boomtown has been described as a city of wonderment, theatre, escapism and community with breathtaking and intricate stages and streets just waiting to be discovered. It fuses a diverse line-up of underground and global music with boundary pushing immersive art, theatre and performance coming together as a living, breathing, fictitious city.

The creativity behind the festival amazes me.

There’s a backstory too…

Started in 2009, fictional explorer Nickolas Boom discovered gold in the countryside and founded a small township and port that would in years to come be named after him and known to all the word as Boomtown, site of the now legendary Boomtown Fair. It was here in Chapter One of the tale that the circus first came to town, rumbling down the hillside at dusk one late summer’s evening came an enormous caravan train, at its head a swarthy moustachioed man sat a top an enormous elephant, The Gypsy King! The locals were afraid of this strange and awesome site until Boom himself went out to meet the strangers. This was the beginning of the Fair, as shortly there after the caravan train was unloaded and a veritable citadel of twinkling medways and rippling canvas unfurled to create a bizarre other world full of exotic creatures and beings, the likes of which had never been seen before! And so each year would they return with wonders and spectacles more bedazzling and beautiful than before and the annual gathering that is now known across the world as Boomtown Fair was born!

I’m totally fascinated!

Boomtown Fair is made up of 14 Districts sprawling across four areas: Hilltop, Downtown, Temple Valley and Whistlers Green. Each district is filled with fully immersive venues and beatnik characters. Within the districts there are over 25 ‘main’ Stages and an additional 80 Street Venues to discover in this city which is MASSIVE!

So where do kids fit into all this craziness you might ask?

Well actually, there’s a whole district dedicated to kids and families, with the main HQ being Kidztown!

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This much loved area is bigger and better than ever before. With a whole host of musicians, performers, activities and workshops from all over the world, it’s a sure fire way of keeping entire family entertained for days on end!

There is so much on offer…. from treetop adventures in the Forest School to interactive play and face painting in the shops and venues of the fully interactive street. Kidztown takes all the family friendly elements of the rest of the festival and bundles it up into a bite-size portion with a serene and soulful soundtrack provided by their very own Sandcastle Stage, hosting family friendly shows as well as artists big and small from main acts to bands specifically for the littler ears.

Activities include hands-on, multi-sensory workshops and entertainment all weekend for children 0-5yrs and 6-12yrs. Kidztown has craft workshops, the Rusty Workshop, theatre, circus, storytelling, puppetry, music, comedy, sandpit, skate ramp, baby and toddler tents, yoga, massage, bouncy castle and its very own Boomtown street with interactive venues such as ‘Rat-a-Tattoo’, the ‘Piggy Bank’, ‘Pet Shop’ and the Post Office for all those snail-mail delivery needs!

Family festival kidztown at boomtown fair

Family festival kidztown at boomtown fair

Family festival kidztown at boomtown fair

Family festival kidztown at boomtown fair

Family festival kidztown at boomtown fair

Family festival kidztown at boomtown fair

Family festival kidztown at boomtown fair

You can stay in Kidztown and experience all that it has to offer, with neighbouring Whistlers Green District being a firm favourite with families too and these are like a festival within a festival! Or you can venture out into the depths of Boomtown Fair at your leisure to watch any of the hundreds of bands and artists playing or to get involved in some of the many activities…. Get creative and express yourself! Kidztown and Whistlers green hosts a whole heap of workshops, check out some of the offerings here.

According to my son, simply wandering around Boomtown is an adventure in itself, with so many curious and extraordinary places to find and people to see… this alone could keep you busy all day!

Family camping has a dedicated area all of it’s own too. Set in spacious meadows, it’s far enough away from all the madness for it to feel totally comfortable and safe, yet close enough that you can still feel that wacky vibe which Boomtown Fair has become so famous for! You can choose where to camp and there’s lots of space further away in family camping for, believe it or not, a peaceful stay!

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There’s even a free family shuttle ​that runs between family camping and a dedicated family car park and gate. This is brilliant as whenever we’ve been to a festival the lugging of equipment to camp is just the worst!

There are a few areas in the Boomtown city where children aren’t allowed after 7pm. This includes Downtown, although teens are allowed until 10pm. I like the fact that the organisers have this rule in place. It means we won’t be wandering off into the wrong place with youngsters as there are a number of adult themed entertainments in amongst the Boomtown madness at night! It’s peace of mind for those families with teenagers that may want to go off on their own, you know they won’t be right in the thick of it witnessing something they shouldn’t! On the other end of the spectrum, it’s good that young adults can party to their hearts content without worrying about kids being around!

There are so many other areas to enjoy later at night so you needn’t feel as though you’re missing out!

If you can, I think going with other families would be amazing, because then you could take it in turns to babysit, allowing yourselves the chance to let your hair down and venture out late at night for some of that hardcore partying I mentioned earlier!

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With Boomtown now being in it’s tenth year, they have pretty much nailed the family festival side of things and they want this to be just as much fun for them as it is for everyone else!

Known for approaching the way of festivalling slightly differently, Boomtown sprinkles some of it’s eccentric magic into the fields of Kidztown and does not disappoint with the sheer scale and abundance of entertainment on offer bringing all generations together in a melting pot of mischievous mayhem!

I have to say I can’t wait to go to Kidztown at Boomtown Fair with my kids this Summer! I think we’re all in for a massive shock to the system…. in a good way though! We aren’t completely new to festivals… we’ve done Camp Bestival for the past couple of years which is all about families! But this one promises to be a whole other experience for us and we are beyond excited! The kids are going to love it!

Here’s the Line-Up Poster for Kidztown!

family festival kidztown at boomtown fair

More details available on the family and kids are on the website.

If you want to check out all the other Line-Up posters for the rest of the festival, they’re here!

There’s a FINAL CHANCE to join in Boomtown’s almighty tenth chapter celebrations with the last few tickets being released! There’s also the new Theatrical Immersive Camping Experience of BOOMTOWN SPRINGS.. For those who like a little extra comfort! As always, childrens’ tickets are completely free!

Standard Festival Tickets are £243.50

Boomtown Springs + Festival Entry tickets start from £480 (with 50/50 split payment options available)

If you’ve already got a festival entry ticket but are interested in upgrading to Boomtown Springs, get in touch with Ticket Sellers via springs@theticketsellers.co.uk and they’ll be able to help you out! Boomtown Springs access is £200 + £7.50 booking fee

Please note accommodation structures are an additional cost.

 

WHAT THE PRESS SAID 2017:

The Independent ​- Just bear in mind once you go to this festival, everything else will feel a bit tame
DJ Magazine ​- The incredible design conjures everything from medieval times to dystopian futures
Green Parent Magazine -​ The kids area Kidztown in Boomtown is brilliant! So creative and so much fun for kids of all ages!
Time Out Magazine -​ Eccentric and mind bending installations combine to create a city.
Netmums​ – Boomtown is a fantastic festival for kids. The Kidztown district offers circus skills, costume making and face painting. There’s also the Sandcastle Stage with family friendly shows and entertainment especially for the kids such as discos and reggae aerobics.
Metro ​- More virtual reality than festival, this story-driven experience manages to pull of top musical fare … but that’s just the beginning of your journey.
Notion Magazine ​- Boomtown isn’t just tents and stages clumsily plopped down in the countryside, but a spectacular sensory experience that pays homage to all art forms. It’s a sprawling pop-up metropolis comprised of cleverly repurposed shipping containers, boats, caravans… you name it and they’ve done something seriously cool with it.

Join the community on the Kidztown Facebook and Twitter pages.

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6 Healthy Treats Your Kids Will Love

Children love a tasty snack throughout the day. Unfortunately, most kids’ favourite sweet and savoury treats are filled with saturated fat and sugar, which can quickly result in an unhealthy diet. To ensure your son or daughter creates a healthier, happier body, check out the six healthy treats your kids will love.

Frozen Yoghurt

Frozen yoghurt is one of the healthiest snacks you can give to your children, as it is lower in calories and saturated fat in comparison to other snacks. You can also use different yoghurt flavours to complement your child’s tastes, so it’s the perfect treat to enjoy after dinner or on a hot summer’s day. Learn more about the popular VonShef ice cream maker, which you can use to create mouthwatering frozen yoghurt (or even sorbet!) treats the kids will adore. Plus, it’s also an ice cream maker for days when you’re allowed to treat yourself and your family.

Fruit Smoothies

Are your children reluctant to eat fruit and vegetables? Add some much-needed nutrients into their diet by concocting delicious fruit smoothies your children will beg you to make. You can incorporate a wide variety of fruits to create different flavours, such as bananas, oranges, pineapple and more. You can also use both fresh and frozen fruit, so it’s a great way to sneak some vitamins and fibre into their diet.

Sweet Potato Crisps

Does your son or daughter love to reach for a bag of crisps after school? Cut down on their intake of salt and saturated fat with a healthier, homemade alternative. Sweet potato crisps are simple to make with a little bit of oil and salt. The vegetable is also packed with essential nutrients your children will need to develop a healthy body, such as vitamin C and D. What’s more, you will know exactly how much oil or salt you’ll be adding onto their crisps.

Mango Fruit Rollups

There is nothing but mango in these scrumptious fruit rollups. You simply need to grind four cups of diced mango in a blender or food processor until smooth, before spreading the puree evenly on a pan using a spatula. Once you have done so, bake the rollups for three to four hours (preheated oven at 175ºF), and they’ll be ready to roll once the puree is dry to the touch. Baking times will vary depending on your oven temperature and the thickness of the rollup.

Peanut Butter

What child doesn’t love peanut butter? Pick up natural peanut butter and select a jar with no added sugar or various fats. It is a great source of protein and healthy fats for children, and it’s a versatile ingredient that can complement different foods, such as bananas, apples, wholegrain crackers, toast, and celery. You might even dip a spoon into the jar for yourself!

Cheese

Cheese is filled with both calcium and protein, so it can be a healthy addition to a child’s diet when enjoyed in moderation. You simply need to ensure it does not feature in every meal or snack. So, monitor their intake of cheese so they can enjoy a delicious snack, which pairs well with apples or carrot sticks.

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Harry Potter, House Music and Family Time #littleloves

I’ve decided to join in with the #LittleLoves linky hosted over at Coffee Work Sleep Repeat as I’m hoping it will encourage me to write more about my life and things that I’m loving right now. Also to make me to reflect on the week I’ve had and what I should be thankful for too. I haven’t written many posts like this for a long time and I think my blog needs a bit more of the personal touch again!

It’s the first week of January and it’s been quite busy. Had a lovely New Year’s with the kids at my Dad’s then drove home just in time to get the kids back to school yesterday (Thursday). It was sooooo difficult getting up while it was still dark. The kids have had some very late nights over the Christmas break so I really need to get them back into their routine asap. Luckily it’s only a two day week – result!

Read

jodi picoult the pact

I’ve just finished this book which I enjoyed very much, The Pact by Jodi Picoult. I thought it was a good read and it kept me guessing until the end… about a suicide pact made by two young teenage lovers which goes wrong. Or does it? My sister in law gave it to me, along with quite a few more which I’m slowly getting through. I’ve only just started reading books again this past year. I’ve always thought I didn’t have enough time…. well, being a busy working mum of 4 with a blog it’s hardly surprising! I still find it difficult to spare the time, I have this mental battle with myself that if I have time to read then I have time to be getting on with more important tasks that need doing! Which is stupid because we all need a bit of ‘me’ time and we all need to relax at some point…. but it’s that mum guilt thing I guess!

Going forward, I’d like to read a few motivational/mumboss books… maybe I’ll find some inspiration from the #littleloves community 🙂

Heard

This week I found a box of my old, tatty, CD’s from when I used to go raving! It’s been great playing some of my old House Music really loud again. Tunes that I’d forgotten about, by some of my favourite DJ’s of the time (early to mid 90’s). I was a serious clubber and did the whole Ibiza thing back in it’s hey day… seems like another world away now… but it’s been lovely this week having the music take me back to an incredibly fun, carefree time of my life and I’ve been reminiscing lots!

WATCHED

harry potter movies films

Watched so much rubbish over Christmas…. can’t beat a bit of Crimbo telly! What I did end up watching though and didn’t really plan to because I have the whole set of films on DVD and also have them all recorded on my Tivo Box…. and that is Harry Potter! The whole 8 movies were on every day from Christmas to New Years Eve and although I didn’t catch the first two, we watched the rest. Teen watched a couple too (on the few nights he was in!) He grew up with Harry Potter, we went to see most of the films together at the cinema him and I so they have a special place in my heart.

Wore

loungewear asos

loungewear asos

Being as I’ve been one lazy mumma during the Christmas break and the first half of this week and lived in my comfies or pj’s (not a pretty picture!) so I’m thinking I might invest in some snazzy ‘loungewear’ – quite liking the above sets from ASOS but in all seriousness…. what even is loungewear? They just look like glorified pyjamas to me! Can you wear them out or are they just for indoors? I do like them though!

Made

I don’t make things, ever! I’m not at all crafty so I will never be showing anything here that I’ve actually made! But this week I’ve been making the effort to be more organised and plan. I’ve already made a start with my blog by adding the post planner but I’m looking for the perfect diary/planner to write in every day. I quite like the Happiness Planner but haven’t made my mind up yet. If you have any suggestions let me know…

And lastly…

Having family time and being with loved ones over the Christmas break has been wonderful. We really needed the time out, away from everything. Even though I was gutted to be coming home and back to reality, work and school, I feel the holidays have done me the world of good!

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How to explain to your kids that you are moving home

Moving home can be an exciting and incredibly stressful time in equal measures. Not only do you need to make sure that everything is organised and sorted prior to the big day, all that de-cluttering, time spent at the estate agents and packing up boxes can impact your usual household Zen. However, when you are moving with children, your stress levels may even go through the roof! Not only do you have to juggle all the last-minute tasks with childcare, explaining to your kids that you are moving can be very delicate and difficult to bring up in discussion. So, if you are moving home soon, or still in the planning stages, then follow these tips to make having that all important conversation as stress-free and straightforward as possible.

Talk to your children

If you are moving overseas for a job, to be closer to family and friends or even because you are after a change, there’s no harm in taking time to talk to your children. Once you begin talking to your kids, you can find out just which aspects of moving make them anxious or upset. If they have to change schools, they may find the thought of change upsetting or stressful. While younger kids will find it hard to digest the idea that they are changing bedrooms. In the run up to your move, make sure that you mention your relocation regularly, and provide your kids with the opportunities to have a calm and adult discussion. Encourage them to voice any concerns, and make sure that they participate in any plans that you have for your new home – from choosing wallpaper and paint, to deciding which family member has each room.

Plan to perfection

As any parent knows, any activity involving small children requires even more planning and preparation than usual. When you are moving with small children, make sure that you write a list or put a removal plan in place, so that you can tick off all the tasks that need completing. Make sure that you pack everything in order, so that you aren’t left needing an item before you even move.

If you think that having your kids around on removal day will be far too difficult to manage, then be sure to book any childcare well in advance. The combination of small children and removal men will not make for a positive experience for all involved, especially if you choose a company that is less professional. Take time when researching your removal firm, and obtain up to three quotes to make sure that you know exactly what is included in their services. If you are relocating overseas or moving a long distance, then you could also consider getting help when packing too, to keep all your furniture and decorative items protected. Check out websites such as https://www.gosineremovals.uk if you are after more information and are ready to begin planning your move.

Get the kids involved

Now you’ve taken time to talk to your kids about your move, and have got your planning well underway, you can begin to actively get your kids involved in your moving process. You could begin, by getting them to sort through any toys or books that they no longer use or read, and organise a car boot sale or a charity donation. Next, help your kids begin their packing.  Decide which items need bubble wrap or some extra padding, and help your children assemble and pack their own boxes.

Older kids and teenagers express worry or anxiety in different ways, so it’s crucial that you make moving to a new house a positive experience for your older children too. If they want to help the removal men, then encourage them to get involved, providing that they listen to instructions and are extra careful. You could also ask them to help you write your removal plan, so that they feel like their opinion and input matters.  Finally, if you can’t sort a babysitter, then ask them to look after your younger kids on removal day. This will make them feel like they are being treated as a responsible adult, and validate any doubts that they had in their mind about moving.

Address any upset

Moving to a new house can be an upsetting and trying time for all family members, so it’s important that you address any conflictive or upset emotions. Make sure that you address the issue of change, and don’t shy away from having any awkward conversations. If you are moving to a new house because of divorce or a separation, then it’s essential that you address the changes and emotions that your kids are going through. Make sure that you don’t take sides, and try to remain open and unbiased as to how your kids are feeling. Chances are they will be finding it difficult with a mixture of guilt and upset, in addition to the fact that they are soon moving home for reasons beyond their control. It’s crucial that you address any upsets as soon as your kids start to demonstrate that they aren’t happy, before these escalate into more serious issues.

Moving home can be a stressful and scary time for adults, so just imagine what it is like if you are a child. All that packing and organisation, not to mention the fear of what awaits you at your new address can sometimes turn your excitement into anxiety and nerves. However, when you are moving to a new house with children then you need to make sure that they remain your priority even before you move. Get your children involved in any preparations for the big day, and make sure that you offer them the chance to have frank and candid discussions to talk through how they feel. Be sure to arrange a babysitter for younger kids, so that they don’t cause extra stress on the day, or give your older children more responsibility. Now you can enjoy this new chapter of your life with your entire family, safe in the knowledge that your kids are happy and healthy in their new home.

 

 

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