Tips for Moving with Kids who are Still in School

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Tips for Moving with Kids who are Still in School

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Anyone who has moved or is in the process of moving knows about all of the stress that comes with it. Going through all your belongings and packing them up, getting your address changed to the new place, and making sure everything’s ready for the new family moving in after you are just a few of the things that you, the adult, will have to deal with. As you’re doing all of these things, what are your kids going through? If they’re old enough, they can go through their own belongings and pack them up, but they will have their own set of emotions they’re going through as well. It only gets more complicated if they’re school-age kids, especially if you have to move them in the middle of the school year. Below, Porta-Stor we will go over a few things you can do to help make sure your kids get through the moving process with minimal stress and disruption.

Social and Emotional Well-Being

Whether you have an across town or across country move, you need to be aware that your child is going to have some unsettled feelings. They will be leaving behind friends, as well as the established comfort of their bedroom and hangout spaces. This comfort will have to be re-established in the new location, and that can be scary and will take time. Factor in if they are going to be starting at a new school, and you add in a whole new set of anxieties.

There are just as many what-if’s for your child during a move as there are for you, perhaps more if it’s their first move but not yours. Here are a few emotions your child be going through during a move:

  • Academic worries related to switching teachers and schools.
  • A sense of loss that they are leaving friends, beloved teachers, and a known environment.
  • A sense of insecurity or fear at the idea of having to make new friends and being accepted at a new school.
  • Overall apprehension of everything coming together. Especially for younger school-aged children, any small insecurity or worry can become very frightening.

Practical Considerations

If you know that your kid will be attending a new school in the coming school year due to your move, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that your child has as stress-free a transition as possible:

  • Talk with the new school, and see if there is any summer reading or work your child can do to be on pace with everyone else as the new year starts.
  • Speak with your child’s current teacher and see if they have any information about your child academically that would be good for the new school and teacher to know.
  • Talk with the new school and see if there’s anything your child needs to catch up on to be at the right spot with the new school’s academic criteria.
  • Make sure you provide the right resources for you child at their new school if they need them, like a tutor or reading specialist. This way, your child will not have to go through a period of even more uncertainty when the academic year starts up.

Other Factors to Consider

Your child will more than likely have a harder time with the move than you will, but they may mask their emotions and worry less visibly or lash out in seemingly unrelated ways. Make sure you’re organized enough to make the moving process go as smoothly as you can, for both your sakes. Here are a few additional tips:

  • Make sure you have plenty of your child’s favorite snacks on hand as you pack up your kitchen and pantry.
  • Leave out some of their favorite toys, so they have something they enjoy handy.
  • If they have a favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal, make sure and keep those out as well, since your child is sure to get tired and want to lay down comfortably after all the long hours of upheaval.
  • On the day of the move, you will want to consider having your child spend the day with a grandparent or friend, so that they can still enjoy the day and not feel like they are in the way of everyone else.
  • Make sure you keep a box of needed items ready at all times, and place it in your car or the front of the moving truck on moving day. This box should include medications, your child’s favorite books and toys, and any other personal items you or your child may need.
  • Your kid will most likely want to play with the many boxes and moving dollies that are lying around. Make sure you know where your child is at all times and that they stay safe around the equipment.

Making sure everything is in place and ready to go during a move is stressful and trying on the entire family. If you can, have your child be as involved in the moving process as possible, and let them help where they can. You can even make moving fun for kids by turning projects into games! Keep communication of feelings and needs open as the big day nears. By letting your child know that you’re still interested in their feelings and concerns as you deal with the move, you will help ease their fears and concerns.

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How Blockchain Technology Could Speed Up the Shipping Industry

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How Blockchain Technology Could Speed Up the Shipping Industry

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With many other industries evolving their tech for everything from engineering to payment options, much of the shipping industry is still using older methods and paper billing systems. Over the course of the last couple of years, there has been an uptick in cryptocurrency, a form of blockchain technology, and this is something that the shipping industry can tap into. Using cryptocurrency is relatively new, but easy to use once you get started.

Setting up blockchain technology is something that the shipping industry is starting to mandate, and will ultimately change how our goods get from one place to another. Let’s take a closer look at what blockchain technology is and how it works:

What is Blockchain Technology?

The basic description of blockchain technology is that it’s an immutable, decentralized ledger on which businesses can record any transaction. The technology allows information to be distributed online but not copied (otherwise, cryptocurrency could be mass-produced and lose its value). When a transaction takes place, the information goes to a network that’s external to the company and verified through complex algorithms. It’s then added to a ledger in the form of a list, like a block being added to a chain of other blocks, that can’t be tampered with. Blockchain transactions can involve cryptocurrency in the process, but it’s not required.

The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for the Shipping Industry

Setting up blockchain technology for the shipping industry could have several positive effects, such as:

Quick Processing and Real-Time Updates – Instead of mailing certain documents to all involved parties, these same documents can be exchanged instantly and procedures that usually take weeks can take mere minutes. The blockchain code basically automates steps that have been done manually in the past.

Higher Accuracy – Since the documents will be automatically filled out and processed instead of done manually, it eliminates the human error in the paper process.

Increased Security – All information in the blockchain code is encrypted. Users are not able to interfere with the system and change any stored information. This protects the market from fraudulent activities and document manipulations.

Full Transparency – The documents stored in this type of system are accessible to anyone who has the access key. This gives full transparency to anyone in the market, and the counter-party risk is easier to evaluate when anyone can have access to the documents.

Cutting Costs – The costs associated with maintaining proper old-fashioned documentation are surprisingly high, especially when you take procedural delays, discrepancies, and human errors into account.

Easier Access to the Market – Everyone in the industry will have access to the technology, lowering the barriers for entry and making the market more competitive.

Challenges of Blockchain Technology

Even though there are many positives associated with blockchain technology, there are a few challenges that the shipping industry will face as it starts to utilize it. Lets take a look at some of the challenges that the industry will face during the transition:

Global Adoption – This type of technology is not yet allowed in all parts of the world. Various governments and agencies are involved in all aspects of the trading industry, so getting everyone on board with the technology will take some time. A universal adoption would need to take place to make it easier to use worldwide, especially for the shipping industry.

Special Contractual Terms – Ship chartering, along with sales and purchases of commodities that need to travel great distances and cross borders, are complex issues. Various terms would need to be adapted to the blockchain technology. It would need to be able to chart factors such as laytime, notice of readiness, and the exact time the vessel is expected to port.

Higher Flexibility – It’s common for most parties in the shipping industry to have their own set of terms that are typically negotiable. To be able to do this in blockchain technology would require it to configure the special terms and conditions at inception of the shipment. If not, both parties involved could have a higher exposure to liability.

Automation Equals Fewer Jobs – As with any industry, the more tasks we assign to automation, the fewer jobs there are to fill with actual people. This ongoing problem will have to be dealt with on a global-scale in the upcoming decades.

All things considered, this is a positive move for the shipping industry to take. While there are still many hurdles to overcome, it will bring the shipping industry into the 21st century and make documentation much easier. The accessibility to records, travel paths, and terms will make this a more competitive industry. Costs will decrease and the information will be less susceptible to human error.

If you’re interested in the shipping container industry and want to learn more, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs, such as this one that explains the benefits of using corrugated metal for containers!

Why We Use Corrugated Metal to Build Shipping Containers

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Why We Use Corrugated Metal to Build Shipping Containers

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Corrugated metal is used for many purposes due to its durability. From siding and roofing to agricultural and commercial buildings, it’s used when protection from the elements is important. This type of metal holds up well to any type of beating from weather or physical strikes that may come its way. That’s why you see it used in the production of shipping containers.

Shipping containers were designed to travel across the seas, getting battered by the salt water and wind. You can also frequently see them sitting outside of businesses for storage, taking the wrath of all kinds of weather. It’s no wonder that these shipping containers are made of corrugated metal.

What is Corrugated Steel?

It’s very common to see the wavy pattern of corrugated steel around you. It quickly became popular in the 1920’s due to its ability to be prefabricated and quickly used to improvise structures. It takes little instruction and skill to install this type of steel, making it an easy option for construction companies and their workers.

Most corrugated steel sheets today are made using a cold-form process. The steel is pressed flat, then run though a roll-forming machine. This creates the desired corrugations without the need for heat. The finished sheets are then cut off to the particular length necessary for the project.

What Makes the Corrugation Process So Great?

The corrugated pattern of this steel makes it even stronger than wood. The wave pattern allows it even more resistance to all kinds of impact and weight loads. Corrugated steel sheets have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of almost any other construction material. The pattern of corrugated steel also acts a water resistant type shield, making pressure roll right off of it. This makes it ideal for siding, roofs, as well as shipping containers.

Why Corrugated Steel?

 

There are several reasons why you would want to choose corrugated steel for your building needs. Below are a couple of those reasons:

  • Overall Durability – As stated above, corrugated steel is the strongest metal you can find for building purposes, and it’s resistant to most impacts and weight loads.
  • Lack of Decay – There’s no organic material found in this metal, making it more resist to mold and rust, thus adding to its durability.
  • Dent, Warp, and Buckle Resistance – This design of steel sheets is resistant to hail and other weather damage that frequently destroys other metals. Due to the wave within the panels, it’s resistant to buckling under weight, warping with weather and use, and resistant to dents from hail or anything else that may bang into it. This makes it not only ideal for shipping containers, but also for roofs or siding options.
  • Minimal Maintenance Required – Due to its durability and resistance, there’s little maintenance you will need to do to corrugated steel to help in its upkeep. You should only need to wash it off to remove dust, dirt, and other environmental grime. Doing this yearly will help reduce residue and allow the protective coating to do its job.

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Corrugated metal is easy to install, durable, and easy to maintain, making it great for not just construction on homes, but also ideal for the building of shipping containers. Whether the containers are used for business storage, shipping overseas, or modified into a small home, having your shipping container made from corrugated steel will make it last for decades to come.

If you want more info on shipping containers, advice for moving, and more, check out Porta-Stor’s other blogs here!