Familiar things and family routines can help kids settle into a new home

Posted: September 1, 2011 in Buyers, General Information, Sellers
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For children, the excitement of moving into a new home is often clouded by uncertainty. Parents can ease the transition — starting at the dinner table and following through to bedtimes. The rituals can help kids feel at home. Kids need the stability and attention.

That may mean anything from choosing familiar paint colours in the new house to letting kids be part of decorating decisions.

Be prepare to handle tears or unusual behaviour as children adjust to their new setting. Moving can be more disruptive for kids than parents realize so pay attention to your kids behaviour. Give them time as it can take a couple of  months for children to adjust to a move.

Speak openly to your children about the move as soon as you decide. The more information about it and the process the better. Talk about the criteria for a new house. My tween age son wanted his room off the rec room for privacy.

Here are some additional tips to help children adjust to a new home:

•Introduce children to their new home: If possible, take them to the new house before the move. If they don’t have a chance to see the interior, take photos or show them the online listing. Talk about how the family will use the new spaces.

•Let them help arrange their new space: Give kids a floor plan of their new room and let them decide where to place the furniture.

•Show them their new school: If the school has a website, spend time online getting to know the building and its teachers. Arrange to visit the school in person as soon as possible.

•Pack with care: Pack the kids’ room last so they face as little disruption as possible. Unpack their room first at the new house.

•Let them help: Give children a box to pack. Tell them to put their most valuable possessions in it. If possible, let them carry the box with them when travelling to the new house.

•Show kids around the new house: When you arrive, take kids on a tour. Point out the location of light switches, bathrooms and other useful details. Make sure children know how to get to their parents’ room during the night. Consider using night lights or placing glow-in-the-dark stickers on light switches to help kids feel more comfortable.

•Take them around the neighbourhood: Visit a playground or other attractions they might like. Point out positives, such as proximity to a pool, ball field or ice-cream shop.

•Keep children active: Sign them up for sports teams, classes and other extracurricular activities as soon as possible. If the move occurs during the summer, try to register for a camp or class that will include local kids

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