Moving from one home to another is a difficult thing, both for parents as well as children. Leaving all the friends, school, memories behind is not easy to cope with. However there is also some excitement of meeting new people making new friends and exploring new neighborhood. This is the phrase where they need parents most. In order to make this shift easier, you can follow the guidelines below for the first few weeks.
Take a quick look around the house and neighbor. Familiarize yourself with the rooms, spaces in the house. Make sure kids are comfortable with the new place, especially the young ones as they are afraid to move in the new house during the night. Tell your family about each space and what activities will take place there. Visit each and every place, make it fun by playing games like hide n seek to encourage them to explore on their own.
At the time of packing, make sure all members of your family including teens and kids pack an essential box. Unpack this box first when you arrive at your new home. This box should contain the very important things they will need once they arrive at the new place like books, night pajamas, school dress, important documents etc.
Unpack your kid’s rooms soon after you unpack the kitchen stuff, as you will need those utensils for lunch and dinner. It is a good idea to order lunch and dinner from a local restaurant or fast food place as you will be tired from the move and unpacking. If you don’t eat outside food then it is a good idea to cook something which doesn’t require much effort like eggs or noodles etc. Make sure you unpack your kitchen boxes first if you are planning to cook at home. Another important thing to look at is the supply of drinking water. Make sure that the drinking water is available and that water filters are working properly. If drinking water is not readily available then buy water gallons from local store according to your need.
Get back to the normal routine as soon as possible. First night will not be same but try to establish routine as soon as possible. Stick to your regular meal-time, play-time, tv-time and bed-time. That way, everyone in the family will feel more settled. Try to get your life back on track because once your routine is out it will be quite stressful to get it back in line. Find a park near your home and take your children to the park whenever possible so that they don’t feel alone and help them to make new friends.
Help your kids settle into their new home as much as possible as it is your responsibility as a parent. Some time it is better to hire professional Chicago moving company as it will reduce your burden and it would also get the things done more quickly.
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