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Removal company launches range of cardboard castles to help ease moving for children and parents alike as research finds it is most stressful life event.

Research by AnyVan has found that moving is the most stressful time in a parent’s life, more than the dreaded job interview and even marriage.

In fact, 9-in-10 parents find moving stressful (87%), and 1-in-5 parents said the single biggest worry with moving was entertaining or looking after their kids.

Further to this, according to UK adults, the average time it takes for a house to become a home is 1.3 years.

Kids are also likely to feel the strain of moving, as leading developmental cognitive neuroscientist, Dr Sam Wass, psychologist on hit TV show, The Secret Life of 4 Year olds, explains: “For children, moving often involves leaving behind the only place that they have ever lived. In this stressful time families need all the help they can get to organise and solidify a new house as a home and I believe this can help to ease the transition.”

AnyVan’s six tips to help make moving easier for kids:

  1. Involve children in the move

Let children know they will be moving between a month and two months beforehand, so they have time to think about it, but not to get worried. Show them the local area and point out the new things like the shops, school, playground and parks so they can imagine the fun they will have there. Also visit the house with them before the move, and point out their new room.

  1. Give them some control

Let your kids help you choose things like colours of paint, furniture and other decorations. By including them, they will feel excited about the new house, rather than worried.

  1. If your kids are at school age, don’t move during term time

Starting school half way through a year means they will not only have to catch up with all the schoolwork that the class has undertook, but friendship groups will be more clearly defined. Moving during the summer makes the transition easier.

  1. Stick to the routine

Continuity is important, so do the things that you did beforehand, such as game nights and family meal times. Also, invite people they are close to, such as family and friends, to come and visit. This way they will feel like they have just changed house, rather than losing their home.

  1. Make the move fun

Make the move itself fun by playing games with the moving boxes – kids love boxes as they give them a safe place to escape into their imagination.

  1. Don’t show them you’re stressed

Your kids look to you for emotional cues. So if you are feeling stressed and showing it, this will lead to your children also becoming stressed and thinking that the move is a negative thing. On the other hand, if you’re positive, they’ll have a sense that everything will be okay.

To help children and parents cope with moving house – the cardboard box has been given a makeover by The removals company developed Box Forts, an adaption of a moving box that turns into a cardboard castle, to make moving a smoother experience for children.

Sam Wass says on Box Forts: “Any Van’sconcept of making cardboard boxes into play tools will make moving a better experience for children, as the forts give children a ‘safe space’ during the move – somewhere they can retreat to, with their toys, while everything is changing around them.”

The removals company came up with the idea to create a new type of removal box following customer feedback supported by research.

The new range is currently being trialled with parents – and Any Van will release the product in two options, which will be given as a gift with purchase, or as a separate purchase in the new year:

The first option is a single box which can be transformed into a fort complete with portcullis, towers and accessories through simply folding the cardboard or popping out pieces along pre-designed perforations.

The second comprises an entire range of boxes which fit together like popular plastic building bricks to make giant forts.

Angus Elphinstone, founder and CEO of Any Van said: “Our customers flagged that moving with children amplified the stress of moving house. At Any Van we want to innovate and find ways to help the process and make it memorable and mementos. By taking the simple brown cardboard boxes every one associates with moving house and transforming them into a Fort, we aimed to inject fun into proceedings, providing a way to keep kids entertained and allow parents to focus on the task at hand. Being a parent now myself has definitely spurred on this idea; my little one loves his Box Forts!”

  1. This is a helpful list (should have read it a couple of months ago before we moved house) 🙂 That box fort looks a lot of fun – my kids would love it even without moving house!

  2. It is good that you will involve them in the moving stage and process. It will help them in accepting the move bit by bit. Also, make them aware why a move is needed and what are the good things that it will bring to them and to the rest of the family members.

  3. That is a brilliant idea!!! I wish we had had those when we moved house. Number One would have loved them!

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