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Moving can be a life-altering experience for a child. If you are moving out of the area and your children will be attending a new school, the difficulties for children may only be magnified. 
 
However, there are plenty of things you can do for your children during the moving process that can turn a stressful event into a time of excitement. Here are some suggestions. 

1. Share the news early 
Once you have made the decision to move, let your children know and listen to their opinions. While some kids may be disappointed, especially if you are moving out of the area, they may find some solace in providing input. Furthermore, the more time your children have to prepare themselves for the move, the better. 


2. Show some excitement 
Rather than expressing regret about the decision to move, let your kids know that a new home will be an exciting opportunity for everyone. Talk about the activities your family can do after moving and the benefits of their new school. As moving day approaches, you may find that your children are looking forward to everything from decorating their bedrooms to making new friends. 



3. Get the kids involved 
As you make the preparations to move, try to get your kids involved in the process. To help your kids remain focused and happy, work with them to schedule some fun activities before moving out. Find some local guide books or websites that your children can read and let them serve as tour guides after moving into the new neighborhood. When packing, it can also be helpful to let children box up and label their own belongings allowing them to feel more in control of the process. 


4. Incorporate some creativity 
To help your kids take their minds off the stresses of moving, encourage them to be creative. Younger children might enjoy painting pictures of your old house to display after you've moved. Older children can keep a journal or scrapbook during moving and have a story to share later. During the moving process, you could also give your kids jobs to complete with badges and uniforms to help them stay involved. 


5. Have a party 
Prior to leaving your home, throw a party for yourself and your kids. Invite the friends of everyone in the family and plan some fun, all-ages activities. Afterwards, make sure your kids receive contact information for everyone they want to stay in contact with. 


6. Get acquainted with your new surroundings 
Once you have unloaded the truck, try to make the first night in your new home as exciting as possible. Have fun playing hide-and-seek or a board game before worrying about unpacking and organizing. 


After you have settled in, start taking walks or bike rides around the neighborhood. You can introduce yourselves to the neighbors and the kids might find some new friends. 

 
7. Get back to normal 

For the sake of the entire family's happiness, try not to take too long to resume doing what your family enjoys. If your family had a custom of bowling every Friday, try to find a bowling alley near your new home. You may also want to drive through the area and acquaint yourself with the locations of businesses like grocery stores and restaurants. When Saturday rolls around, try out the pizza parlor you found. 


Though moving can be difficult on children of all ages, it can also provide something to look forward to. By keeping your kids involved during every step of the moving process, you will help them 


feel in control of the situation. After moving into your new home, help them understand that life will be as fun as it always was; it will just take place in a different location. Most importantly, do your best as a family to stay together and have fun along the way. 



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If you are planning to move or vacation in the Cayman Islands here are some facts. 

- Countries full name is Cayman Islands 
- Population 39.335 
- Currency Cayman Island Dollar (code KYD) 
- Time Zone is GMT/UTC-5 
- Country dialling code +345 
- Electrical plugs are 120V 60Hz 
- Weights and Measures are imperial 
- Language spoken is English. 

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GEORGE TOWN - Residents calling George Town police station might never know that one of the young ladies who answers the phone and transfers calls so efficiently is doing so without the benefit of sight. 

26-year-old Mrs Keisha Martin has been registered blind for 22 years and has worked for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) as a communications officer for the last 8 years. Thanks to the support of various people and government departments, Mrs Martin recently completed a 16-month computer training course at the Daytona Community College enabling her to utilize technology in a way she never could before.


Fancy a fun family day out? The Children and Youth Services Foundation are holding a fun filled family day at the cricket oval (off Smith Road). The day begins at 9am, with plenty of fun and activities for all the family. 


The James Manoah Bodden Civic Centre in Bodden Town, damaged during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 was officially reopened Tuesday evening. 
Bodden Town ladies 

In the upstairs section of the building, Bodden Town elected members Health Minister Anthony Eden, Tourism Minister Charles Clifford and MLA Osbourne Bodden welcomed guests and thanked the ladies of Bodden Town tremendously for their valuable contribution to the event. 

Also attending the event was Attorney General Samuel Bulgin, Chief Secretary George McCarthy, the Governor Mr. Stuart jack and wife Mariko and Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts 

Mr. Tibbetts outlined the many uses that were in store for the multi purpose building. 

He said when the bottom section was ready it would house a section of the Recreation Parks and cemetery Unit and a branch of the Department of Vehicles and Licensing, which would help to improve services in the Bodden Town district.

The multi-purpose centre will also be used for storage and distribution of food and supplies after a hurricane and be available to the public for holding events. 

Health Minister Anthony Eden took a moment of silence for the late James Manoah Bodden and his elected partner Haig Bodden, who were both instrumental in the establishment of the centre and for their huge contribution to the BT community during their time in Cabinet. 

Mr. Bodden's daughter Mary Trumbach was present with a framed photograph of the newly reconstructed building in his honour. 

Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford spoke on the new civic centre to come, which will be located near the re-opened centre. 

Work has started and a completion date of 15 months has been set, he said. 

The new Category 5 building sitting on an elevation of 12-14 feet, will also be used as a hurricane shelter, equipped with all the necessary gear. The building will also be used by the Bodden Town Primary School for events such as assemblies and sporting activities, said Mr. Clifford. 

Located on the same site will also be the new Bodden Town Police Station with lock up cells, fire services, emergency services and a helicopter pad with refuelling facilities. 

After the brief ceremony attendees were invited to view photographs of the forthcoming civic centre, craft handiworks and produce on display by the Bodden Town ladies. 

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