It’s been nearly two years since we moved to Cornwall from Essex and I can say hand on heart that it’s been one of the best decisions we ever made. Being able to pop to a quiet beach today with the kids as soon as the sun came out was fantastic, my husband and I often laugh because we’ve been asked so many times why we moved here but in our opinion all you have to do is look around and it’s kind of obvious! Before we moved we got asked lots of questions about how we’d cope with different issues but I don’t think I really knew any of the answers until we’d actually lived here a while and seen how it worked. Pal asked me to share some of my tips so these are how we’ve made life easier when we moved over 300 miles away from our families
Find some way to get a date night
Ok, we don’t get date nights, I mean I haven’t had one for two years but then in fairness it was pretty rare that we had them before so I haven’t really missed them. What we do do is juggle work, school and nursery so my husband and I get an afternoon or two together a week. No we don’t go out for dinner but sometimes we go out for lunch. Or bodyboarding. Or surfing. And as I’ve got older I’ve kind of learnt that I enjoy doing that just as much.
Find some new friends
Everyone sometimes needs people they can just meet up with for a cup of tea and emergency bacon sandwich, which is hard if all your friends are several hundred miles away! If your kids are at nursery or school then chatting to people at the school gate is always an option but it can be a bit stressful, I’ve heard of people on first meeting telling someone they didn’t need anymore friends! Pal is a really easy way to make friends with people as it can help you find the people in your neighbourhood with similar interests so whether you’re looking for friends for the gym or a mums meet up it’s easy to find people looking for the same thing. Lots of us want to meet people but dating apps aren’t exactly the most appropriate thing when all you want to do is find someone hang out with. Pal’s home feed shows what activities are currently planned in your area and if you don’t like the ones you can see you can always add a new activity yourself! Pal is free to use and as over 60% of users are female it’s a great way to find mum friends in your area. To download Pal click here for the iOS Store and here for the Google Play Store.
Book in some family visits
We try to go back a couple of times a year to visit friends and family and we’re lucky that people come and visit us pretty often too – strangely we seem to get a lot more visitors during the summer than the winter, I can’t imagine why! For us being able to tell the kids that it’s only x weeks until they’ll see Granny and Grandad again helps take the sting out of saying goodbye to them and it’s good to be able to show the kids all the family visits we have marked on the calendar.
Do you live away from your family or friends? How do you make it easier for you and your kids?