Canadian Association of Movers

Canadian Association of Movers

July 09, 2012 13:55 ET

Canadian Association of Movers: Children Need Special Attention on Moving Day

The Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) gives advice to parents to help them prepare children for the family's move. Involving kids in the move will help to lessen everyone's stress

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 9, 2012) - The summer is the period of peak demand for moving companies. This is the best time for families to relocate to avoid disrupting their children's education.

If you planned early, you probably have done your research and have already booked an ethical moving and storage company who will provide professional moving and storage services. You can contact CAM for assistance in finding a good mover - a mover that subscribes to CAM's code of ethics, meets CAM's business standards and commits to mediation in the unlikely event of a dispute. Your best protection in reducing your risk to your worldly possessions is to hire a reputable company at the outset.

Moving can be a major upheaval for children. They feel anxious about separation from friends, schools and neighborhoods. Involving children in the move can help to calm their fears. Preparing them for moving day will help to reduce their stress and yours.

When you arrive in your new community, you may find that organized summer activities are already under way. It may be too late for your children to participate. Neighbourhood kids may be away on vacation, making it difficult to make new friends immediately. There may be several weeks before new friends can be made at school.

Advance planning can ensure children are involved in the new community quickly. Contact community centres about summer programs and make arrangements for kids before the move. Contact schools as soon as possible to find out about registration and orientation programs.

Get the children excited about moving. Help young children understand where they and their belongings are going. Show them the new neighbourhood - the house, the parks, the school - using online maps.

Plan a special outing or party with your friends and theirs before you move. Help children to create happy memories with best friends and at favourite places.

Engage children in preparing for moving day. Have them select a few favourite items to carry with them on their trip. Have them pack a box of "special" items. This box should be the first to be unloaded. Arrange for someone to take care of the kids while the movers are packing and loading. Parents will be very busy overseeing the move and may not be attentive to kids' needs.

Children will need to adjust to their new setting. If possible, invite old friends to come for a visit so children can show off their home.

For further information: Contact the Canadian Association of Movers, Canada's moving industry trade association. CAM helps consumers by identifying good movers and monitoring movers' performance. Consumers should contact CAM at 1-866-860-0065; visit CAM's website, www.mover.net; fax enquiry to 1-866-601-8499; mail to PO Box 30039, RPO New Westminster, Thornhill, ON, Canada L4J 0C6.

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