Moving to Ottawa Area Real Estate With Children

Moving to the Ottawa area is a joyful time, but it can still be very difficult on kids- especially if they are of school age, with friends, favorite teachers, and class activities that they are having to move away from.

Make Your Move To Ottawa With Children Easier

Though the move may be hard for kids in general, the part most parents dread is the drive to your new home. Unless you are staying in the same city, or an area close by, you will probably end up with more than a few hours of driving to reach your new Ottawa area real estate all the while dealing with a grumpy child in the backseat. What are parents to do? Never fear, I have a few tricks I have learned over the years as an expert Ottawa area real estate agent:

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  • Brush up on your traditional car games. Even the alphabet game and license plate game can be modified for younger children. Travel size board games, like battle ship, can be fantastic ways to pass the time.
  • Have a basket of entertainment at easy reach. For younger children, keep the basket full of their favorite toys, books, and snacks. Hand out one item at a time, so younger children will get some good entertainment out of each one before they get bored. For older children, perhaps take them to a books store to buy a book they would enjoy reading, let them pick out an age appropriate magazine. Highlights, Zoo Books,  and American Girl are great for the tween years.
  • Have snacks on hand. Even the grumpiest child will cheer up when given his favorite snacks. If the move is particularly hard on your child, perhaps splurge and get some items he or she has always wanted -like those double stuff oreos-but you never deemed as appropriate lunch food.
  • Get the addresses of all your children’s best friends, and let your children pick out their own stationary so they can write their friends about the trip to your new home. If your children are upset about losing friends, this can be a great opportunity to help them realize they can still keep their friends. There are lots of great car travel trays you can find at Walmart,Target and other such stores, that will provide a great flat surface for your children to write on. This also provides a great way for your children to realize they can still stay in touch with their friends, and provides a great way to work on their writing skills. Even if you children are older and in the texting/twitter/facebook way of communicating with all their friends, they may still enjoy the novelty of writing a letter to pass the time.
  • If your drive will be more than 6-8 hours, it might be a good idea to invest in a portable DVD play for the car. As much as I myself dislike entertaining children with the tv for hours at a time, on a very long drive, a short movie or cartoon might be just the trick to help ease squirmy passengers, and give you parents some downtime from entertaining.

Learn More About Relocating To Ottawa Real Estate

Are you relocating to the Ottawa real estate area? Be sure to ask for our FREE  Ottawa  Relocation Guide to get all the businesses, Ottawa area schools and other local Ottawa entertainment information make the Ottawa area one of the greatest places to raise a family. All our tips will help you get settled quickly and to prepare even more for your move, read up on our Ottawa Canada moving tips.

If you are ready to search Ottawa homes for sale, then contact us, Bobbie and Geoff McGowan, your expert Ottawa  Realtors.

Until next time,

Bobbie