MOMents with Lori & Lee Ann: Helping Kids Adjust to a New House or New School

Once a month, Lori and Lee Ann will discuss complex topics regarding parenting and disciplining to help families have peace in the home and build lifetime connections! Lori Wildenberg is a national speaker, a licensed parent-family educator of over 25 years, and an award-winning author of six Christian parenting books. Lori also leads the popular Moms Together Facebook Community Page and Group.

During this episode of MOMents with Lori and Lee Ann, both ladies share advice for parents on helping kids adjust to a new home, neighborhood, or school.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pray before you move for a good house and good neighbors.
  • If you are building a new house, to bless and bond with it, you can plant a Bible or cross in the dirt before they lay concrete or write Bible verses in each room before the flooring goes in.
  • Once you are in the new house, get outside and go out to the neighbors because nowadays, people don’t go out of their way to meet new neighbors as often as they used to.
  • Reach out first and be the host – introduce yourself and your kids to your neighbors or invite people over to see your new home and meet them that way.
  • Take your kids to the new home and the new neighborhood and drive around and point out where there is a church or a park, or a movie theater and get them excited to relocate and more familiar with that area.
  • Make an appointment at your child’s new school and go there with them and let them meet their teachers and see where their classes will be to ease the anxiety of their first day.
  • Find out where their locker will be because lockers for the first time for kids can be overwhelming, and buy them the same type of lock at the store so they can practice their combination.
  • Try and figure out which friends have lunch at the same time as your kid and tell your kid which friends of theirs are in their lunch period so that they don’t feel nervous if it’s their first time in a large cafeteria.
  • Make a game out of their first day of school – give them a certain amount of things that they have to remember that day, such as meeting a new friend, their favorite subject, or their teacher’s name, and for each thing that they remember they will get a reward when they get home.
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