If your work requires you to move a lot, know that these changes will also affect your children. They seem to find it hard to adapt to new surroundings, especially when they reach teen years. Leaving old friends behind, the entire lifestyle, personal space and routine is quite a change which no child wants to make. You can help your child to adjust to your new home. If you are having any doubts on how to do it, here are a few tips to get you started.
Work on unpacking their room first
Take them straight into their new room and ask them to unpack. While doing it, talk to them and see how they feel about it. Try and talk about how spacious the room is, where they can place their things and what color you may paint the room in. After the first initial few sentences, talk only about the new room and how it may look like. Engage in a conversation where your child is left thinking about their new room and the ways to improve it and arrange it. This will get his thoughts away from the “old one”. Consider what different things you can install, from lighting fixtures to safety switches, of course, for this you will have to call your trusted Sydney electrician. You can also discuss the furniture arrangement, and other aspects that your child might find important, all with the purpose of getting them to feel more comfortable and safe in the new environment.
Take them for a ride
Once they are done unpacking, ask them to join you on a small trip. Don’t tell them where you are going. Once they enter the car, simply drive around the neighborhood and show them the city. If there are some interesting venues and places, make sure you drive by. Try and talk to your child most of the time. See how they feel about it and what they think about the new neighborhood. Make sure to encourage him and speak well about the new place for one negative comment may ruin everything.
New toys for a new home
Since you have all settled in a new house, you should buy them new toys to commemorate the day. New toys will always be related to this new home and if your kid loves the toys, they will soon forget about the changes. There are many new and trending toys which your child will love. Go check the local store or go for a ride to the shopping mall and let your child pick. Naming the toy is also an option – this will further engage your child into focusing on the toy and not the life-changing events.
Set up a new “old” routine
Every family has a routine. Whether it is pancakes for breakfast every Monday or cereals on Friday, kids love it and parents find it amusing. As soon as you are done packing, try and set up some of the old routines to help your child feel like they never left the old home. These routines will ensure that your child adapts to this new home and doesn’t have to change his lifestyle completely. Keep in mind that kids hate moving and find it very difficult to accept, so be there for your child and help him get through these hard times.
After a few weeks, once the adaptation period is over, things will return to normal. Your new routines will be established, your kids will find new friends and you will be able to relax and focus on future victories. Check on your child regularly and see how things are going. If there are any problems, work on solving them as soon as possible.