It is now the middle of summer. The days are long and hot, and you’re counting down the days until your kids are back in school and not messing up your clean home. Summer is the perfect time to move: kids are out of school, and there’s time for them to get settled in and make new friends. But even in summer, such a massive change is hard to handle at any age. Here are some tips for making the transition to a new place easier for families:
Involve them in the move
When you’ve narrowed down your search, show your kids pictures of the houses and get their opinion. Kids can be control little freaks, just like their parents. Give them the freedom to decorate their new room, even if that means pink princess everything. Research the new place with them and find fun things to do that don’t involve you pushing them on a swing under the hot sun for hours.
Stick to routines
Stick to the same schedule of mealtime, and bedtime; for your kids, it’s familiar, comfortable, and safe. Now is not the time to make big changes like toilet training or cutting out sugar. Get their room in order first and arrange their furniture in a similar way to their old room. Don’t switch their furniture or throw away that old, bear plushie; you can do that later when they aren’t looking.
Become a part of the community
Give your kids opportunities to make new friends, which means you also need to make new friends. Find a new church, or join an organization like the PTA. Sign your kids up for activities like sports. Talk to other parents when picking your kids up from school and figure out which ones you wouldn’t mind drinking margaritas next to a bounce house with.
If you’re planning on moving and haven’t found the right place, go to GoldenKey and connect with a commision free real estate agent. They can help you find the perfect home for you and your family while also saving you money on commission. Spend that extra money on decorating your new home, or on the vacation you’ll need after successfully moving with your children.