Oct. 7, 2019

Moving with Children & Pets

How to Move with Children & Pets

Moving with Children and pets can be stressful.  Since they thrive on routine, breaking it will often cause them to act out, especially when they’re younger.  Make it easier with the following tips:

1.       Start preparing ahead of time.  For children, have a question – and -answer conversation about where you’re moving and why.  While older children will understand right away, younger ones may not.  For toddlers and younger school-aged children, discuss the move with them several times.  For children of all ages, give them a time frame for the move so they can get used to the idea and prepare to wind down their school and athletic activities.

2.       Visit the new area.  Take your children and pets to parks and trails located near the new house.  Build excitement about the new area by visiting your children’s future school to pick up flyers for activities on campus or at the local recreation center.  Visit the local dog park to meet your neighbors and fellow pet owners and allow your pet to meet other dogs in the community too.

3.       Include the children in the moving process.  Give them age appropriate tasks to help with the move, from moving light boxes to packing their rooms.  Getting them actively involved will give them some ownership of the move and make them feel more comfortable and in control of their circumstances.

4.       Hire a sitter.  Having someone watch your children or pets the day of the move will ensure you can pack and load the truck safely and efficiently.  Knowing your little ones and furry friends may be stressed, anticipate that your sitter’s duties may be intensified and plan ahead.  Provide plenty of meal options and treats to keep everyone nourished and happy.  For after meals and during drives, make sure your sitter has favorite games and toys to keep the group entertained.

5.       Reward everyone’s hard work.  Give everyone something to look forward to after the move.  Go out for a nice meal and take time to relax in your new home for the remainder of the day.  Give your pet their favourite treat or take them for some pet pampering


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May 7, 2018

Beautiful Westwood Lake Park

Visit Nanaimo real estate parks.The city’s many beautiful parks are a big draw for people considering a Nanaimo real estate purchase. One of the local favorites is Westwood Lake Park. The picturesque setting invites people to bring a picnic and settle in with good friends and good food to relax and shake off the pressures of work. The playground is an excellent place for kids to run, play, climb, and make new friends. Leashed dogs are welcome to accompany their owners around the park, and there is also an area set aside for dogs to frolic off-leash.

Everyone in Nanaimo Can Enjoy the Park

Walkers and joggers from Nanaimo enjoy the tree-lined trails around the park. A well-maintained, 5.5 km loop goes around the lake and is mostly flat and gives a nice, easy pace. There are also shorter loop trails. Bikes are welcome as well.

From June through August, swimmers can enjoy the lake and have the security of knowing a lifeguard is present. Non-motorized boats and electric boats are welcome, and fishing is permitted. A wheelchair-accessible fishing float is at the south end of the park. Washrooms and changerooms are on site.

Visit Westwood Lake Park to get all the details about the park’s amenities and plan a trip.

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