We talked a lot in this post about how to prepare for a move with young children. However, for us the adjustment to a new home was an equally tricky task. Given our recent experiences, I thought it might be useful to others if we shared some of the ways that we adjusted to a new home, new neighborhood, and new state.
1. Arrange your child(ren)'s room first. Set up their bed, unpack their toys, and find their favorite loveys. This will help them feel at home more quickly and sleep better at night.
2. Let your child have some power and ownership over their new room. How can they personalize it? Can they pick a paint color? New curtains? Help you position the furniture? This is their space and a time in their life when they aren't feeling as if they have much control over their frequently changing world. Help them find a sense of control over their world by having some control over their space.
3. Take a tour of your new home together. Our children enjoy taking pictures (like on fire hydrant walk) and we were fortunate to get gifted these awesome cameras. I decided going on a photo tour of our new home. Together we took our (newly unpacked) cameras around the house and took pictures of our favorite parts.
4. Expectations. Expect that it will take a while for things to return to something resembling normal. Lower expectations for yourself. Cleaning won't get done. Un-packing with children around will take longer.
5. Take Breaks. Give yourself breaks from unpacking to enjoy your children. Take turns with your spouse having breaks or time away. Yes, this will slow down the unpacking, picture hanging process, but it will also help you stay calmer and more patient in a stressful situation.
Check back later this week for a few more fun activities we are doing to adjust to our new home and new town.
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