Moving With Kids? 5 Tips to Consider
Moving can be a lot to handle, especially if you’re relocating with your kids. If your family is in the process of a move, here are some things to think about to help you settle in.
1. Get Schooled
Selecting a new school for your child can seem daunting. If you’re unsure about where to start, PBS Parents says to think of the key things you want in a school for your kid. Whether it’s a smaller class size or a variety of extracurricular activities they can participate in, knowing these type of features of a potential school can be helpful when deciding if the school is a good fit for your child.
Once you’ve found a new school, make sure your kid’s immunization records are current and send them to the new school before moving, says Public School Review. Don’t forget to also request the school’s supply list and handbook so you can help ensure your child is ready for the school year, adds Public School Review.
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2. Have an After-School Plan
Moving is a big transition and having an after-school program may help a child adjust and possibly make new friends, says Youth.gov. Finding an after-school program doesn’t need to be tricky. Ask teachers or school administrators about potential programs, says Afterschool Alliance. You can also look into community groups like the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of America, the organization notes. Finally, consider talking to other parents to see if they have any programs they suggest, too.
3. Explore Your Neighborhood
After you’ve settled into your new home, plan some time to go out and hit the town, says Apartment Therapy. Map out certain places you and your family want to visit — like the local library — to help learn more about the area.
4. Get to Know Other Parents
Meeting other parents in a new neighborhood can be challenging. One of your best chances is to chat with fellow parents during school events like class trips or field day. You can also consider volunteering to help with classroom parties or join the Parent Teacher Association, says BabyCenter.com.
5. Organize a Playdate
Playdates can be another way to meet new people. There are plenty of kid-friendly spots around town where you can let your kids play while you meet up with other parents. When planning a playdate, The Spruce recommends having a clear start and stop time, restricting the number of kids in attendance and asking for guests to bring a toy to share.
Push your moving boxes aside and start exploring your new town. Local school programs, area attractions you can’t miss, and meetups with other families can help you feel more at home in no time.
Originally published on November 22, 2013.