When you’re moving, things can be a little scary for your kids. The whole idea of a new house, school and neighborhood can seem so large for children. Along with talking to your child about their new home you also need to step in and teach your children a few tips to help ensure they will remain safe in their new home. This will ease the children’s minds as well as the parent’s minds.
Practice memory games with your children. They should know their full name and your full name. Depending on their age, you also want them to learn their phone number as well as their address. For the smaller kids though, just practice on the names. If a police officer has your full name, he’s likely to find you. Make flash cards if needed or create a fun game. Kids will learn anything if you make it fun.
Before they head to a new school, you should do a trial run a few times. Again this will depend on their age. If they are smaller, you will want to do it a few different times, where older ones will only need you to do this one time. Ride to the school and then back home. Stop at the bus stop a few different times just as the bus would do. This way they can learn the routine and won’t be as frightened. Once they start school, stand at the bud stop with them the first day or two. Take note of the bus number and help your children memorize this number. Introduce yourself to the bus driver and don’t forget to ask their name. This way you will be a little at ease with your children taking the bus.
Make a point to meet your neighbors. Let your children met them as well and ask the neighbors about the neighborhood. Some things you might want to ask them would be about the neighbor security, who has children on the street and anything else that you would like to know. You might make a few new friends and you might find some friends for your kids as well.
List on Fridge
You should create a list of emergency numbers that hang on the fridge at all times. If you don’t want them on the fridge, then you can also place them near the phone. You should have your cell phone number on it, poison control, your local police department and a few backup numbers. Backup numbers could be grandparents, neighbors or close friends. This way if something happens all the numbers are in one spot making it easy to making a phone call.