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Finding a Day Care Provider

clock September 3, 2012 20:47 by author Janet Corniel


Finding a day care provider is a very important decision in any parents life, let alone when you are in the midst of a move.  Research is a key component in a successful search.  Once you have set your requirements, you can then use them as a barometer for finding just the right fit for you and your child.  Before you start your search you want to ask yourself several questions:

What type of day care do I want for my child?

Do I want a center environment?

Do I want someone in my home to watch my children?

If so, do I want them to do cleaning and meals?

Do I want a smaller in-home care facility run out of the provider’s home?

What type of discipline do I prefer?

Do I want a provider closer to my home or work?

After you have asked yourself these questions, you want to begin your search with the parameters you have set.  These guidelines will help you refine your search and begin to short list providers.  Once you have created your short list, you will be ready to meet and interview them and tour their facility if applicable.  Here are a few questions you may want to ask them:


What philosophy do they follow?

What is their background and training?

What is their experience?

What type of discipline do they use? 

What are their emergency protocols?

If they are in your home; 

are they willing to cook and clean for the children?

do they care for the children when they are sick?

what hours are they willing to watch the children?

are they interested on watching the children off hours on occasion?

After you have had a chance to meet with them and ask them questions, you want to do your background checks.  Check references.  Call their the Better Business Bureau.  Your due diligence is so important.  It will give you the peace of mind that you need. Keep in mind that the provider’s interaction with your child is very important and when you interview them and/or tour their facilities is an ideal time to take inventory.  If your child is comfortable and enjoys them, this may be the fit for you.  Be patient.  This process may take some time but it will be worth it when you find just the right one.


Making the Transition Easier on Your Child

clock August 27, 2012 23:04 by author Janet Corniel



Moving can be stressful for adults, let alone for children.  Depending on the age of your child, he or she may not be able to tell you how they feel.  Therefore, their behavior may speak volumes.  Although it can be challenging with all of the things you have to do, taking the time to spend with your child is so important.  Be patient with them because it may be very difficult for them to express their feelings.  Give them time and space but also offer them opportunities to discuss with you what is on their mind.  With very young children, playing with them will help give them an opportunity to express their feelings to you.  

For your older children, have a family meeting.  Discuss with them the move and give them an opportunity to discuss their concerns.  I suggest you do this when you are breaking the news to your children.  If they are not ready to discuss their concerns, wait a few days and then sit down and talk.  This will allow them to have control when they may not feel much in control.  Also, try to address their concerns so that they do not feel dismissed.  Identify ways to involve your child in some decision making depending on their age.  From choosing a room to its decor or trying out new activities in your new location, all of these can be apart of their involvement.  

Depending on where you are moving to and the age of the child, the level of transition may be greater.  For example, if you are taking an assignment overseas and your child is in high school, your child may have a harder time leaving their friends and high school life behind.  Discussing options at the family meeting will help to address their concerns and have them take ownership.  Find out areas of compromise.  Be positive and explain that they will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a different culture and way of life.  See if your budget can include a trip home to keep that connection for your child.

Being positive for your child will help your child stay positive too.  Empathy and patience will go a long way.  Soon your child will make the transition and all will behind you.



Helping Your Pet Get Acclimated

clock August 20, 2012 18:19 by author Janet Corniel


Helping your pet acclimate to the weather in your new location is so important.  If your pet has lived outside in a temperate climate, you will have to bring them inside if you are moving to extreme temperatures.  If your pet is not used to the cold, you may want to consider purchasing some gear for your pet to keep them warm, when you take them out.  There are coats and booties you can buy to help your pet go for a walk in the cold.  Salt on the sidewalks used to melt the snow can get in your dog’s paws and make them very uncomfortable, so the booties will help prevent this.  If your dog is not willing to wear them, just make sure you clean out their paws when you return from your walk. 

If you are moving to extreme heat, you will have to be cognizant of taking steps to prevent heat stroke.  Smaller pets that stay indoors will not be affected.  However, for your four-legged friends you may want to consider cutting their hair short to help keep them cool.  Keeping them hydrated is also very important.  Also, just as you would not walk barefoot on extreme hot surfaces, you want to be careful with your four-legged friend.  Their paw pads can burn in extreme heat, so you want to make sure they have access to grass without having to walk on concrete or black top. 

It will take some time for your pet to build up a tolerance to the temperature change. Take steps to monitor your pet to prevent heat stroke or frost bite.  Pets will need time to get used to their environment in order to help make the transition successfully.  Keep in mind that your pet will not be able to tell you if something is wrong, so discuss with your vet warning signs to look for so that you can adequately address any issues before they happen.  


Moving Tips: Don’t Forget the Warranties

clock August 14, 2012 04:34 by author Janet Corniel


When you are moving, you will need to remember your warranties.  Keep in mind that they may be for your home or vehicle and you will have to address them.  If you have purchased an extended warranty on your vehicle or one for your home, take the time to read the agreement.  You want to understand what is covered and the duration.  Most extended warranties for your car are provided by the manufacturer and will be available no matter where you go.  In any event, you still want to contact your dealership and confirm.  

As for your extended home warranty, you will have to read the agreement carefully.  Most extended home warranties are nontransferable, meaning that you will not be able to apply it to your new home nor will you be able to transfer it to the new owners.  Take the time to call and clarify.  You may be able to use your extended warranty to cover some of the repair expenses noted on your home inspection by the buyer.


Clean Out Your Shed Before You Move

clock August 6, 2012 22:08 by author Janet Corniel


Once you know you moving, don’t forget to clean out your shed.  As we all enjoy our backyards during the few weeks left of summer, keep in mind that as you prepare for a move, you will have to get rid of flammable items.  These include but are not limited to propane tanks for your grill and outside heaters, fertilizer, gasoline tanks paint and any pressurized canisters.  Make sure that your lawn equipment is not full of fuel either.  Take a look at your lawn mower and trimmer to ensure that they are not laden with fuel.

Although it may seem inconvenient, for obvious reasons, you simply can’t include flammable items with your shipment.  Therefore, before you move, take the time to inspect and  clear out that shed.   All of those flammable items should be given away or taken for disposal.  Keep in mind that most of these items can’t be thrown away.  Therefore, you want to make sure that you have prepared ahead of time because it will take you extra effort to dispose of these items.  You do not want to be frantically trying to rid yourself of these items while the movers are packing you.  Alleviate the extra stress and do it ahead of time.  For further information, please check out this helpful list from Highland.