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Things That Will Help Your Family Settle In After Moving

>> Mar 19, 2019

Usually, we think of children as easily adaptable which, in most cases, is true. However, the moving process can be hard on them. Going to a new school, being the "new kid", making new friends, adjusting to a new city, and perhaps learning a new language. It is a lot to handle. After the relocation is finished, children need to settle into the new place. For babies and toddlers, this is going to be easy. But, if you have school-aged children or teens, you will all be overwhelmed. Be prepared to take some time off to adjust and help your children feel comfortable in your new home. Whether you are moving to another city, or moving from Texas to another state, for example, you can find some useful advice here. Keep on reading.

Unpack the Children's Rooms First

Okay, the basic things for the kitchen should be unpacked first. These are the things that you will need for preparing meals right after you arrive. But, after the kitchen necessities are unpacked, go straight to your children's room. You should involve your child in this process. Talk with them about arranging the furniture or choosing the room color. After the heavy lifting is done, you can encourage your child to unpack their own toys and books. Make it their home, not just yours. This will help them see this new space as their own, and it will make it easier for them to settle in after moving.
The sooner a child's room is unpacked, the quicker they will adjust to the new space.
Keep to Your Usual Routine

If you want your child to settle in as fast as possible, you should keep your routine as normal as possible. And if that is not doable, try to create new routines, even if it is just temporary. This is especially important for younger children. During your first night, you may let your youngest stay up a little bit late, just to make the night special. However, after that, it is important to establish a daily routine. Keep bedtime hours, mealtimes and playtimes as consistent as possible. If you used to take your children to the park in the afternoons, find a local park or a green area and keep doing it. This can be tough, particularly for a parent who is trying to put the house in order, but this is an important part of settling in after moving.

Organize Play Dates

For children, it is hard leaving their comfort zones and meeting new friends. So, as a parent, you should encourage them to be more sociable and meet new friends. If you have toddlers, you should organize play dates with neighbors. However, if your children are a bit older, maybe you can organize a welcoming party for all of their new school mates. This can help your child adjust to a new environment and people. But, at the same time, remember that you cannot choose friends for your child. Do not force them. Most children find friends on their own, however, some encouraging will not hurt. Moreover, if your children were very close with their friends at your previous home, maybe you can organize some "get together" events, when they will visit each other every once in a while.
Even seeing their friends on social media apps can be helpful for your children. So, make sure to exchange all the contact information before you leave.
Have Some Meals Ready

The moving day will be both hectic and chaotic. The kitchen will be unpacked, and you probably do not know where the local supermarket is. And we all know how cranky the children become when they are hungry. So, to avoid this, try to prepare some healthy snacks, sandwiches, and anything that can be easily assembled and heated up. Make sure that your children are eating healthy, so stock up on fruits and veggies. Also, a little sugar will not hurt. Having some chocolate and candy bars can save you from a lot of break downs. Moving companies like verifiedmovers.com can do all the work for you, so you will have plenty of time to take care of the small things like packing lunch.
If your children have some favorite candy, it may be a good idea to buy a bunch of those before the moving day. So, whenever your child is feeling nostalgic, you can make things better by surprising them with their favorite sweet.
Explore the New City

After you have unpacked and settled in, it is a good time to explore what is out there. Start by meeting your new neighbors and organizing play dates with the local's children. But if you want to go even further, buy a guide book, map or simply go online and see what your new city has to offer. Find activities that are interesting for the entire family, especially for the children. 

Here are some fun activities that will help your family settle in after moving:

  • Visit some local restaurant and try their specialty
  • Go for a picnic at the nearest park
  • Visit museums and sightseeing spots
  • If the city has some theme parks, go check them out
  • If the city has a beach, you can spend the entire weekend there
  • Go for ice cream and explore the nearby streets

Organize a "meeting" Party

Now, when everything is finished, it is important to meet your new neighbors. These will be the people you see every day on the street, so try to make an effort to meet all of them. If possible, try to invite everybody from your street. Encourage families to come with their children as well. Ask your new colleagues if they can come also. And, most importantly, if your child has already started going to school, see if you can invite all of their classmates.

Chose a sunny day on the weekend when most people are free and start mingling. Order some pizza or, if you have a large yard, have a barbecue. Do not forget to buy some drinks and snacks for the kids. Play some music and enjoy!

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