Moving to a new place can be an exciting time. Making new friends, exploring the area, and seeing all the great things that this new town has to offer can be thrilling.
As you begin to explore your new town, familiarize yourself with the local school system and enroll your children in classes, you’ll find out what areas are suitable for them to roam around in their free time. You may even make friends with other parents or guardians who have children the same age as yours. This is all good and well, but you’re probably aware that kids can be extremely unruly and curious at times, especially when they’re in a new place.
See If It’s Safe
One of the main concerns every parent has to consider before moving to a new town or city with their kids is how safe it will be for them to just go out and play. There are things that nobody likes saying, but there are places where you shouldn’t let your children roam around freely without monitoring them every second.
Many parents who live near abandoned buildings think nothing of letting their kids wander off on their own for a few minutes while they run errands or do grocery shopping. Unfortunately, neglecting this curfew can have devastating consequences, as kids can be abducted and trafficked into sex slavery by men who pose as workmen or anyone else who looks trustworthy.
You’ll never know that these strangers are predators until it’s almost too late for your child. So even if the place where you’re living seems safe enough for your children to explore on their own now, don’t let your guard down.
Even though most parents think twice before letting their kids go out of sight after what happened to little Madeleine McCann. There’s no hard rule about how old a child must be before they can be left alone. Better safe than sorry should be your motto.
Check the Establishments
See if there are supermarkets, establishments, and schools within the vicinity. As you begin to explore your new town, familiarize yourself with the local school system and enroll your children in classes. If they go to middle school, check whether there are good schools for them that they can attend to. You may even make friends with other parents or guardians who have children the same age as yours.
It’s also important to know if there are any grocery stores or supermarkets close by that you can access easily. There are some towns where all of your necessities will be within walking distance, but others may require transportation to get around. If you’re planning on buying a car soon after you’ve settled down, make sure that your kids won’t need to rely on public transport every time they want something from the shops.
Also, check if there are any establishments near your home that could pose as threats for children who aren’t properly supervised yet. These places can include karaoke bars, clubs, bars, and pubs. A lot of these places will be adult-oriented, so your children shouldn’t even try to run into or sneak into them.
Make New Friends
You might have heard rumors about people who move houses nine times before settling down. This is mostly done because most of them can’t make friends or build relationships easily with people who are new in their lives. If this seems like something that bothers you, too, then prepare yourself for some tough times.
Making friends can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. You’ll eventually find someone you can relate to or bond with over a common interest that will lead to friendship gradually. If your child is old enough, then take him out on short trips around town and try to talk with people working there. Even if they don’t have children the same age as yours, they might still become friendly with you because of your child’s charms.
Work on Establishing Trust
Once you make one friend in your new neighborhood, do everything you can to keep them close by. The hard truth about humans is that nobody really cares for strangers. So when it comes down to trusting them, many people won’t care about being honest with you. Even if they might have good intentions, people will eventually begin to spread rumors about you and ostracize your family from the community. So despite how friendly someone may seem, it’s a good idea to take all their words with a grain of salt at first.
Don’t be too honest when talking to strangers because there is always the possibility that they might not hold your information in confidence or share it around town.
Even when you think you’ve made a friend, don’t confide in them everything about yourself and definitely never tell them where you live for security reasons. If they know the ins and outs of your everyday life, then it’s easier for someone to follow you home and wait till your family leaves the premises before committing a crime.
Notice Who Is Always Hanging Around Your House
Having extra help around the house is definitely good, but if there are people who seem to be coming over at odd hours of the day with no real explanation, it’s not a good idea to trust them.
More often than not, burglars will come from within your own community or among those neighbors you feel most comfortable with. So even when their intentions might be true, think twice about giving them access to your belongings because they may have ulterior motives for befriending you.
Moving is one of the most stressful and difficult things a family can do. From packing everything to figuring out where you’re going to live, it’s all very overwhelming. The last thing you want during such a transition is for something bad to happen to your children or someone in your family because you weren’t careful enough when moving into your new home.