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Getting Your Family Settled After a Move

February 13th, 2012 3:43 pm by

After a move, it is so important to take the right steps to ensure your family feels settled.    Once you have unpacked the boxes, the next item on your list should be to find activities you and your family enjoy and pursue them.  Expose your children to your new area by exploring.  Do your research online to find out where to go.  If your children are into sports, look into the sport activities available in your new area.  If your child is into dance or gymnastics, look into the organizational structure and see if you can get reviews and referrals.  The great news is that most of this information is available on line.  This makes it so convenient to find the information you need to make a decision. As for your child’s school, take a tour before he or she starts.  This will help alleviate some anxiety on the first day of school.  Get involved with your children’s new school.  This is invaluable for making contacts and understanding the academic environment for your children.

Take a car ride and get a feel for the area.  Visit the parks and community facilities. Having a navigation system is a great tool to use when you first move.  It takes some time to get an understanding of where things are and having access to a navigation system is a huge time saver.  This will help you get the lay of the land quickly.  It will help you navigate your new area, which in turn will make you feel comfortable in your new surroundings.   

It is amazing how everything does fall into place and before you know it, you will know where the milk is in the grocery store and you will know how to get there without the help of your navigation system.  This is when you know you are settled.