We always talk about moving, opportunities, and updates, but what about adjustments for the ones we love? Here’s a few tips for the little ones in families that might need a little help adjusting as well.
Keep some things the same. If you had fresh flowers in your first home, having fresh flowers in your new home will give them a sense of comfort.
Make sure they have what they need for their room. Giving them a defined space and everything put where it belongs may not be your top priority when you move in. Beds and kitchen things are definitely important, but to a child having a place where their things belong is too.
You might feel inclined to get rid of all your furniture and get new things, but a piece from the previous home may help with the transition. You might upgrade later, but it might help them see that it’s still a piece of who you are in the new home.
Bathrooms are personal, especially when you are potty training. New potty’s are scary to most kids. Make the bathroom feel like theirs. Even if it’s completely new, just knowing it’s decorated for them or decorated like the previous home may help them adjust. (Again nothing has to be permanent.)
Keeping the first holiday as “normal” as possible is helpful. There’s so much change already happening and a holiday’s are a big event that they’ll want to be kept just the same! It can be easy as the same decorations for the year.
Give them a chance to look back. It can be as simple as a little picture book of memories from the old home. They’ll need to mentally go back sometimes and this is a great way to help them feel better during the adjustment. It’s hard to feel like part of your life was taken away from you, but being able to see the memories helps.