Carry on With Previous Routines
Had been the kids energetic in athletics in your aged community? Did they love hanging out at the library? Were they part of any afterschool groups or clubs? Do your best to provide continuity of old activities after your move. This can connect them with kids who have similar interests, as well as provide them with things to talk about when the catch up with friends from their old home. Before doing this, check in with your kids to make sure the activities they’ve been engaging in are still enjoyable for them, and that they’d like to continue doing them after the move.
Join A Social Group
Your kids aren’t the only ones who need to socialize – you do too! Whether you join a running club, a book club, or take a class, meeting other people with similar interests is a great way to make family friends. When you make friends with people who lead similar lifestyles, it’s likely that both families will bond with one another. It can be a little scary to put yourself out there in a new town, but remember – you’re leading by example and showing your kids that the can do hard things, too.
Check Out The Local Community Center
Local community centers have tons of activities for kids, from karate to open gym to swimming lessons. Take a look at the calendar for the community center in your new town. Talk to your kids about the available activities, and see what interests them. This can be an inexpensive and fun way for your kids to get to know some new friends.
Host A Get Together
Hosting a party or BBQ is a fun way for you to get to know your new neighbors while your kids get to know new friends. Be sure to set up plenty of things for the kids to do – a sprinkler to run through, a volleyball net or a craft station for younger kids are all great ways to get little ones engaged and talking. While you socialize with parents, ask them about what activities their kids love in the area.
Talk To Their Teacher
Before you move, you’ll register your child for school, and you’ll know who their teacher is going to be. Reach out to the teacher and see if there’s a homeroom or ambassador parent with whom the can connect you. You’ll be able to chat with this parent about your anxieties and excitement about the move, and hopefully, you’ll be able to have your child meet up with their child before they start school. Seeing a familiar face in the classroom can go a long way toward helping a kid feel at ease.