Helping Your Children Adjust to Their New Home

Posted by Janis Penick on Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at 11:40pm.

Family Moving can be exciting and fun but for many children, it is often stressful. It could be the change in location, different arrangement of their things or moving away from a friend but all of these can make moving overwhelming for children. There are many things you can do to help your child adjust to this change a little easier.

1. Recreate Home

Since young children often feel more comfortable with things they’re used to, recreate their old room in your new home. Use the same colors on the walls, the same furniture and bedding, and the room will feel a lot like the old place when they first wake up.

2. Don’t Use this Time to Purge

Many people like to use moving as a time to get rid of old stuff and buy new. However, it can add to the trauma for kids. Instead, surround them with their favorite toys and items to help them feel at home. Once they have settled in, then you can work on getting rid of some of their stuff.

3. Get Creative in your New Space

For older kids, they may actually like the idea of creating a new space. Maybe they have outgrown the blue bedroom with the car design or the Barbie pink bedroom. Now is the perfect time to have them help you create a new look for their room. Getting their input on their new room is one way they can participate in the move and will often help them get excited about it.

4. Get Outside

If you moved to an entirely new place, take your kids out for a walk. Let them have a chance to get to know the new place and meet new people. Find the nearest park and see if they can find kids their own age. If you are in the same neighborhood and just a different house, take the kids out to their favorite places so they will feel at home.

The most important thing you can do to smooth the transition for your kids is to talk to them about it. Let them explain how they are feeling and share some of your feelings with them too. Going through the transition together is the easiest way to make it easier for everyone.

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area
Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and Smithville
janis@janispenick.com

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