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How to Help Kids Adjust to a New Home

Help your child adjust when moving to a new home.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend
4-minute read
Episode #139

When I was 13 years old my parents told me that we were moving to a new house. Not only was this house in a different school district, it was in a different state. I was mortified and I’m pretty sure I didn’t make it very easy on my parents. For that, I apologize, but I also realize how difficult it is for children when they are uprooted from all that they know and taken to a new and possibly foreign place. It may or may not be a smooth transition (mine wasn’t) but there are some things you can do to help your kids adjust as quickly as possible.

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How to Help Kids Adjust to a New Home

If the house you’ll be moving to is near enough to visit and you have access to it, you should take your children over and show them around before you move. I do remember being very little the first time my family moved and actually getting to see my childhood house being built. It was very cool. I was about 4 or 5 then and I don’t remember being sad about moving. I think if you have an opportunity to do that, it will be very exciting to most children. Houses that are already built and have people living in them might be a bit more intimidating. Even if the most you can do is show them the outside, get them over there and used to the idea. Of course, if you are moving farther away or out of state or country, you can show your children pictures and show them how happy and excited you are about the new house. Your feelings will affect how your children feel, so continue to be positive and optimistic about the changes coming. If you have the ability to move things into the house bits at a time before you start living there, let your children choose some items to put in their rooms so that when they go over there, it will already have the feeling of being their new home.

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