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Helping Children to Adjust
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|Moving can be very stressful for children. Leaving friends and maybe family
behind to start life in an unfamiliar place may overwhelm them. There are,
however, a few things you can do to help them adjust to their new environment.
Kids usually feel safe and
comfortable in their bedroom. Help them toward gaining that feeling about their
new bedroom by allowing them to help arrange and decorate it. Setting up their
new room will help them feel like the space is theirs.
children with furniture and belongings from their old room can increase their
comfort level. Finally, point out the all of the positive features of the new
room, especially if those features weren't a part of his or her old room.
RoutinesAlmost everyone, including children, take comfort in
routines. Try to reestablish the routines from your old home as much and as
quickly as possible. After you have everything unpacked and ready to go in your
new home, try to return to normal mealtimes, bedtimes, and playtimes. Moving can
create a feeling of chaos. The structure of everyday life can help to
reduce those feelings.
The New NeighborhoodYou should take the earliest opportunity to
start getting your kids familiar with their new neighborhood. This can be an
activity for you and your kids to undertake together. Here are some ideas:
The bottom line is that you
should find fun things for you and your kids to do in your new neighborhood.
First impressions are important, so make them as enjoyable as possible for your
kids. Also, getting out and exploring your new neighborhood will help your kids
get acclimated to the area immediately surrounding your home.
- Find places that can be your family's new favorite ice cream parlor or
- Explore local parks.
- Take your kids with you when you run errands like going grocery
- Take your kids bowling or mini golfing.
- Some schools offer orientation programs for newcomers. Find out if your
kids' school has one.
Making New FriendsMaking friends can sometimes be hard for
kids, but there are some steps you can take as a parent to make it much easier
on your children. If you take the initiative, both you and your kids can make
new friends in your new neighborhood:
In addition to helping your kids meet new
friends, you should also help them stay connected with their old friends. Even
if you've moved a great distance, technology makes it easier than ever to keep
in touch with people from your old neighborhood. There are computer programs
that, along with a webcam, can allow your kids to chat with their old friends
face to face through the Internet. The telephone is another great option for
- Set up play dates for your kids with new coworkers or families from your
kids' school. You can ask your child's teachers to help you get connected.
- Local sports teams are an excellent way for your kids to get exercise, have
fun, and meet new friends.
- Introduce yourself and your kids to your new neighbors. Having
friends that are right next door can be great for your kids. You may even want
to invite your neighbors and their kids to a party so you and your kids can get
to know them all.
In addition to these tips, the best thing you can do
for your kids after you move is to communicate with them. Ask them about their
feelings and repeatedly reassure them. Encourage them to ask questions and take
the time to answer them. Finally, spend time with them as you undergo the
TIP: If your kids are having a rough time
adjusting to the move and making friends, it may be a good idea to seek help or
guidance from a professional who understands what they are going through and can
help them deal with post-move stress.
Author : Sean McClain
on August 27, 2009
Movers.com - Moving Expert