Moving can be a stressful & scary situation for everyone in the family, especially for children. New home. New friends. New life…..
Moving can also be a very fun & exciting change to happen to family. New home! New friends! New life! Here are some tips on how to help your kids transition to your new home with a positive outlook and outcome!
1. Make a family wish list together. Whether its a bigger backyard, separate bedrooms or being close to the beach that your kids want to have with their new home, write down everyone’s priority so that they all feel their needs and wishes matter.
2. House-hunt together. Bring the kids along and make it a fun family outing. Let them take a look and get excited thinking about living out their daily routine in the new home…..playing in their new backyards, where they will eat breakfast, and how they will walk to school.
3. Get them involved. Get them thinking about how they want their new bedrooms; what color of paint, where they want to put their beds, sleepover arrangements, etc…
4. Be a positive role model. If you are stressed out and sad, they will be stressed out and sad. Focus your energy and attitude on all the good aspects of the move and the kids will take your lead.
5. Let them cry. Even if your kids are excited about the move, there will be good days and bad days and days they really miss their old friends. Be there to comfort them and let them know it’s okay to be sad. Help them keep in touch with special people from the old neighborhood with emails & skype.
5. Keep things familiar. Once you are in your new home, stick to the same daily routine and schedule as much as possible. Re-establishing regular family meals, homework schedules & bedtimes routines will provide reassurance.
6. Scout the neighborhood. As a family, take walks & drives around your new neighborhood together. Do a practice walk to school or bus stop, and explore new places to play, eat and spend family time.
7. Reach out to new friends. Help your children meet new friends: sign up for activities, host or attend mom & me gatherings, and reach out to other moms to set up play dates.
Realize that it is going to take time for everyone to get totally adjusted and there will be bumps in the road, but you can get through them eventually!