Princeton Town Topics – Let’s Talk Real Estate – June 28, 2017
CHILD’S PLAY: HELPING KIDS ADJUST AFTER MOVING TO A NEW HOME
Moving can be stressful – especially for kids who leave their schools and friends behind. Here are 3 tips to help them make the transition:
- Let your kids pick their room colors. Neon pink or electric blue may not be your idea of style, but letting your child choose their room color, furnishings or other style elements can go a long way toward helping them settle in and feel their own sense of ownership for their new home.
- Map out the neighborhood. Explore your new neighborhood as soon as possible. Show your kids where the school is and look for other landmarks they might be interested in. Have your child joint a club. Clubs provide built-in socializing opportunities before the school year begins. Too late to join? Look into ongoing activities at the library or join a pool – even if you have your own.
- Visit the school ahead of time. Most schools are open in the summer, and if you call ahead, you might be able to drop by so your child has an idea of what the school is like – and maybe even find out where their classroom will be.
Above all, be sympathetic. It’s a big move for your child, and knowing you’re there to listen to their concerns can go a long way toward helping them settle in.