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Helpful Tips for Families Who Frequently Relocate

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Becky Stern

Some families settle down in the same house for their whole lives, perhaps even passing it down the generations. But others move around much more, whether it’s into different homes in the same town or even around the world. For example, one or both parents might be in the military or have a job with assignments in different locations. Moving around a lot can be tough on the whole family, but it’s often the best option to keep everyone together. Settling into your new home every time can be a challenge, but with the right choices everyone can feel happier.

Choose the Right Home

One thing to consider when you’re moving around is the place you’re going to live in. You might only be there for a short time, so you need somewhere that can quickly feel like home. There are lots of things you might want to consider, from the furniture to the neighborhood. Looking at furnished apartment rentals with community amenities could be best for families who want to settle in quickly and get to know the neighbors. If you’re moving abroad, you might consider living somewhere with a large expat community to help you make friends. You might need a home that you can rent on a short-term contract too if you won’t be staying long.

Add Personal Touches ASAP

When you move a lot, it can be a struggle to make anywhere feel like home. That’s why you should add personal touches to your new accommodation as soon as you can. Don’t leave boxes lying around when you move in. Get unpacked at the first chance and put everything in its place. Use family photos, posters, and favorite artwork to leave your mark and make this new territory feel like it belongs to you.

Help Kids Integrate

Moving home can be hard for your children, whether you’re moving to a new city or another country. They’ve had to leave their friends and school behind, as well as all the areas they know well. Choosing the right home will give them a better opportunity to settle in, by picking somewhere with other children or teenagers nearby. You can also live in a place with community areas or with activities like sports clubs and classes close by. Give them lots of opportunities to get to know children their own age, especially when they can spend more time with them than just an hour or two a week.

Join Social Groups

It’s not just the kids who can struggle to make friends in a new place. If you find it hard to get to know new people when you move, you can make it easier. Apart from getting to know people at work, there are always others who frequently relocate and need new friends. You’re sure to find some local social groups, whether it’s a book club or just some people who meet up for coffee.

Moving home frequently is fun for some people, but can be stressful too. If you find it difficult to settle in, these tips will hopefully help you do it quicker.

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