THE BIG CITY FAMILY’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL SMALL TOWN LIVING

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OTHER MOVING CONSIDERATIONS

TIME OF THE MOVE

If you have kids, the best time to move are during summer and during Christmas vacations.  Frank prefers Christmas.  Why?  That gives your kids about half the year to make new friends before summer break.  There is nothing worse than kids being in a new place, with nothing to do, and no friends.  Also, people are generally friendlier during the Christmas season, so you will get a better first impression of your neighbors.  Another plus of a Christmas move is that it is not hot out -- and moving is hot, sweaty work.

If you move in the summer, it might be a good idea to enroll you kids in some fun lessons immediately, so they can make friends in a nice environment.  These lessons might include swimming, other sports, arts, or drama.  This gives them a good chance of meeting people, as well as something to get them out of the house while you are trying to move in. 

If you have no kids to worry about, then the timing is purely up to your preference.  You will find moving less expensive if you can stay away from the summer rush (check with your moving company).  You should, however, try and do it during a season when the weather is cool and rain is unlikely. 

 

BUILDING FAMILY SUPPORT

Moving is very emotionally exhausting, and you need the complete support of the whole family to make it a positive experience.  As a result, you may want to consider some good old-fashioned bargaining.  Find out the one most important perks for each member of the family and offer it to them in exchange for their support.  Your son may want a dog, your daughter may want a horse.  Whatever you can afford, make them a deal.  This one perk may pull them through all the discomfort with a winning attitude.

Also offer to bridge the gap on their old friends.  Offer to fly them in occasionally, or do something to maintain regular contact.  Over time, their friends will change and this will no longer be important, but at the beginning, it gives them extra confidence. 

 

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