Moving with kids to a new neighborhood can be exciting, but supporting your kids throughout the process is essential. Helping your children acclimate to their new environment during a household move is necessary. Exploring the area, getting to know other families, and showing your kids compassion and love throughout the relocation can help.
1. Explore the New Neighborhood Together
Explore with your kids in your new neighborhood for the first several weeks. Take walks to local businesses, parks, or nearby landmarks. Take note of interesting community-related things, and talk about them with your kids.
If you see a place you’d like to visit in the future, put this on your “to-do” list. This helps your children feel excited about their new home and develops a sense of familiarity with your new surroundings.
2. Get to Know the Neighbors and Other Parents
Help your kids make friends by getting to know the other families in the neighborhood. Introduce yourself to the neighbors and people you meet on your walks. If you meet a family with children the same age as your children, make sure that you mention your kids!
3. Let Your Kids Decorate Their New Space
Your children may feel out of sorts in their new home, but allowing them to decorate their own space can help them feel ownership over their new environment. If you paint their rooms, let them pick the color. Search online for decorations they’ll like, then offer them choices before making a final purchase. If you buy a new curtain or bedspread, make the decision together.
4. Show Your Kids You’re Here For Them
Just as moving is a big transition for you, it’s also a big transition for your kids. Your kids need support from their parents during this time. So, although you may be busy packing or unpacking, measuring new windows, and setting up utilities, don’t forget to take time to be with your children.
Make a game night, give your kids extra hugs, and talk to them about the new neighborhood. Are they making new friends? Ask them about the people they’ve met to show you’re interested. Set aside one day each weekend to focus on something special with them
5. Get Your Kids Out of the House
Your kids might be tempted to spend their time in the house rather than going out to make friends, but you should encourage them to get out and meet people from the neighborhood. Even if they’re not ready to start making friends, just playing in the yard shows other kids in the community that some new playmates have moved to town. Encourage your kids to play outdoors whenever possible, as this will help facilitate relationships.
Find the Right Moving Company
Hire a good moving company. Working with professionals helps! Professional movers will take the burden off you when the move occurs so that you can focus more on your kids.
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