MOVING WITH CHILDREN

 

Maple Ridge is the fastest growing regions in the metro Vancouver, nestled between low lying farmland, lush forests, rivers and lakes surrounded by the most beautiful nature and with a vibrant urban setting. . It is famous for being the gateway to Golden Ears Provincial Park, one of the province's largest provincial park, there is an abundance of recreational opportunities in the area including; hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, canoeing, camping and fishing just to name a few.

Maple Ridge has the most affordable residential real estate in Metro Vancouver and is experiencing unprecedented growth. Yet, Maple Ridge housing prices remain at 50% of the Metro Vancouver benchmark housing price.  Our population is forecast to grow by 50% by 2041, with half of that new residential growth to take place in the Town Centre.

There are 17 elementary schools and 5 secondary schools in Maple Ridge. Also we have 2 Private Schools.

Meadowridge is an independent, coeducational, International Baccalaureate World School offering students a university-preparatory education from Junior Kindergarten (age 4) to Grade 12.

The Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (Francophone Education Authority of BC) is an independent school board that provides French programming to students who have French as a first language.
 

Post-Secondary Institutions


Maple Ridge also offers Post-Secondary Institutions in and around Maple Ridge offering a wealth of education and training options to help your business thrive in today's dynamic workplace.

BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) | Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver & Satellite
Capilano University | North Vancouver
Douglas College | New Westminster & Coquitlam
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Kwantlen Polytechnic University | Richmond, Surrey, Langley & Cloverdale
Langara College | Vancouver
Ridge Meadows College | Maple Ridge
Simon Fraser University | Burnaby, Surrey + Vancouver
Sprott Shaw College | Maple Ridge
Trinity Western University | Langley
University of BC | Vancouver + Okanagan
University of the Fraser Valley | Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission + Hope
Vancouver Community College | Vancouver

 

MOVING WITH CHILDREN

Moving can be stressful but when moving with children it can truly be difficult. In fact, moving can be a traumatic event in their lives, regardless of their age. They leave their friends behind and leave what is familiar to them such as schools and neighborhoods for new, unfamiliar territory. They feel a mix of emotions and may act out. Do your best to be patient and understanding. Include your kids in preparation for moving day. This way they will be involved in activities that help make the job easier for the whole family plus it will help them feel apart of the process. Help make “Moving with Children” as stress-free as possible by taking these extra steps and make relocating fun and exciting!

•Be enthusiastic about the move. If you are excited, your children will be excited too!
•Explain what moving is to your children. Read some age-appropriate books about moving together.
•Make a memory board by building a collage of their favorite pictures and items from around the old house and neighbourhood. Hang this memory board in a special place in the new home. Keep in mind not to force your children to throw away or sell items they seem adamant about.
•Try to time your move so that it occurs at a relatively calm period in your child's life. Take school schedules into consideration, and avoid moving when other big changes (like potty-training or sleeping transitions).

 

BUYING WITH CHILDREN


•Think about your children’s interests and find a few things about or in the area that you know your children would like.
•Allow your kids to take an active role when searching for homes for sale 
•Involve your children in the buying process, ask for their opinions about new homes, invite them to check out the community with you online and visit their new school’s website.
•Go explore the new area with your child and find kid-friendly activities and attractions in their new location
•Bring them along for house hunting trips
•Show them pictures and allow them to view listings on the web

 

PACKING WITH CHILDREN


•Encourage your child to pack their own belongings in their room and allow your child to color their own boxes to create excitement and involvement in the moving process.
•Label child’s boxes clearly include as much detail about what is in the box as you can. This will help find things quickly and avoid digging through boxes.
•If your child's new room needs painting, let the child help pick the new paint color.
•Try to maintain a routine schedule up to the day of the move. This helps reduce stress and help eliminate uncertainty about a move
•Use a calendar to count down the days until moving day
•Have a goodbye party with friends and family to make sure your child has the opportunity to say their goodbyes.  
•If your child previously participated in play groups, sports, or other social activities at their former home, locate similar groups in your new community. This will help create new social connections and keep routine in your child’s life.
 

 

MOVING DAY WITH CHILDREN


•If you are moving with a recently potty-trained toddler or pre-schooler, think about putting them in a pull-up for the duration of your trip. It will give you peace of mind, just in case you can't find a bathroom along the way.
•Pack a small backpack or overnight bag that will stay with your child through the entire move. Kids can keep special items like dolls, books, blankets, or other toys in this bag.
•Pack one box of toys last. Your children are going to need things to do right up until the time you move.
•Use babysitters if you can. You will get a lot more done if you can find a few kid-free hours.
•Find special activities that will keep your little ones entertained while you work. A special DVD, IPad, a new colouring book or modeling clay.
•Make moving an adventure, let your kids do things you normally wouldn't. Maybe let them stay up late or have treats you don't normally allow
•Make sure you keep lots of extra clothes close at hand during your move, because you never know when they'll be needed. It is helpful to keep extra ziploc bags and stain-treating spray handy since there is no washing machine available.
•Use a cooler to store heathy snacks and drinks for your family
 

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