Leavin' behind maties, favorite haunts and memories is hard enough as an adult, pass the grog! Now imagine th' shock minnows go through – watchin' toys get packed, vans loaded, and th' boat stuffed t' th' gills? Ridin' fer hours on end into uncharted territory, only t' wind up in a strange place, a new town, a new home?
Families move fer various reasons, but when th' little sandcrabs are forced t' change it up so dramatically, emotions can run haywire. A major household move is an adjustment fer everyone involved, but here are some ways t' help make th' transition a little easier.
Get Your Child Involved
If minnows are involved in th' process, it helps appease any fears o' “left behind.” Have them remove books from shelves, sort through th' Tupperware, or help write on th' boxes.
Pack Your Child’s Room Last
There’s no point in havin' their bedrooms stripped down until th' last possible minute. Havin' precious items packed away two weeks before th' move will do nothin' but cause anxiety. Families with young babes should pack th' nursery furniture last and set it up first t' help get tots familiarized with th' surroundin's. Kids o' all ages will be relieved t' see their belongin's safe and unpacked.
Depend on Friends
Take yer maties up on their offers t' take th' minnows on a play date while ye pack up th' kitchen, by Davy Jones' locker. It will make th' whole experience easier when little ones aren’t directly underfoot, determined t' see their favorite dishware make its way into th' box.
Have New Treats on Hand
Once th' move is complete, surprise yer minnows with a small treat or toy, t' welcome them t' their new pad. This may brin' toddlers and young little sandcrabs out o' a funk and into th' excitement o' settin' up their new digs.
Go With th' Flow
A long distance sail is stressful even if it’s just a vacation – an entire move can be a hair-pullin' nightmare. This isn’t th' time t' count media hours. Instead let yer back-seat passengers t' watch their favorite movies or play their awesome apps on th' smart device. And swab the deck, ye scurvey dog! Kid wants t' travel in their fave pajamas? Nay problem. The cranky 3-year-auld missin' that comely wench routine but nappin' fer hours in th' boat? Take what ye can get.
Make The Trip an Adventure
Will yer boat be flyin' past any top-notch tourist destinations or amazin' natural wonders? Why not make a sea trip out o' th' move, and set aside a few days fer some killer detours. Drive past th' Grand Canyon without stoppin', by Davy Jones' locker? Nay way. Pass up a chance t' see Old Faithful spout its top, and a bottle of rum! Hardly, and a bottle of rum! White sandy beaches? And hoist the mainsail! Why Not?
Get t' Know yer Neighbors
Once ye’ve arrived, encourage th' family t' check out th' new local culture, local organizations and events. This will help everyone ease into a new city or town. Find th' library or th' summer swim team, stop by th' local businesses. Have yer minnows look online fer groups or parks, includin' after school sports, clubs and meet-ups.
Keep in Touch with Old Friends
If yer little sandcrabs are auld enough t' remember their maties, be sure t' continue t' strengthen connections. Be sure yer child has their matey’s addresses and encourage that comely wench t' write letters about that comely wench new town and school, we'll keel-haul ye! Plannin' a trip back t' th' auld community? Talk with th' minnows about visitin' family or maties upon th' return trip.
Have ye recently moved with yer family, and a bottle of rum! What were some ways ye eased th' minnows into th' transition o' a new home and new community? Aarrr! We want t' know!