Moving is a stressful time for anyone, but it can be especially hard on kids who rely on routine and structure to feel safe and happy. This can be compounded by moving to a new community, too, and facing the prospect of making new friends and going to an unfamilar school.
To help your kids settle into a new home, there are some easy things you can do that don’t take up a lot of time or money but will have a big impact on how your kids feel. Try these ideas and you’ll be amazed by how much faster they settle in.
Tips on to Help Kids Settle into a New Home
Decorate their room
A new home can feel cold and uncomfortable, making kids feel discontent, so it’s important to get their room settled as soon as possible. This will provide some normality back into their lives and give them a place to feel safe and secure. Getting them excited about personalizing their new room will help, too. Let them pick out colors, find a place for all their things, and maybe even give them a few fun DIY projects to do.
Enroll them in a class or sport
If you’ve moved to a new community, help them start making new friends right away by enrolling them in a class or sport that they like. This is especially helpful if you move during the summer months when school isn’t in session. Otherwise, they could be stuck at home all summer with no one to hang out with. Plus, if they start making friends over summer, they will be less nervous when school starts because they will already know people.
Go to the park
Take them to the park to get some fresh air and give them a break from the chaos at the new home while you’re still setting everything up. Go at least once or twice a week so you can get used to the new community and start meeting new people.
Get involved in the community
Find out what local family-friendly events are taking place and start getting involved in ones that grab your interest. Most communities have a farmer’s market on Sundays, for example. There are usually festivals and other fun gatherings that your kids will enjoy.
Volunteering is a wonderful thing to do with your time and has the added bonus of exposing your kids to new people, as well as making them feel more like a valuable part of the community. Check out what local volunteer opportunities are available based on your child’s interests.
Go on an “exploration” day
Another fun idea is to simply take a day to explore the new community. Walk around town, ride your bikes through the park, explore the shops and restaurants and simply take it all in. You never know what you’ll find!