A few weeks ago, I talked about tips to help parents when relocating with children. Today, I want to give you some ideas of how to make the transition to a new home easier.
As we talked before, moving can be stressful for the children (and the adults). But there are few things you can do to make this transition easier for them (and maybe for you too!)
So, what can you do once you are settled in your new home?
- Maintain their (and yours) daily routine as much as possible – This helps them (and you) feel more settled. It minimizes the impact of the change.
- For younger children, keep the new room as similar as possible to the old room. – This gives them a sense of continuity and they won’t feel scared to be in a new place.
- With older children, they can be part of the decoration of the new room – They will feel part of the decision-making. Plus, who doesn’t want to buy a few new things for their bedroom? (I do!)
4. Walk around the neighborhood together – Go to the park and participate in community activities as a family.
5. Help them meet new friends – Maybe join a club or a sport team.
6. Take some classes – Another oportunity to meet new friends. This is also helpful for the adults.
7. If possible, visit their new school before the first day of class – This alleviates worries and anxiety.
Although moving to a new home can be a stressful situation, it can also be fun! It is also an opportunity to grow closer as a family. Expect your children to be more comfortable after a few weeks, maybe few months.
Have you ever moved into a new home with your children? What would you have done differently?