weight loss or gain, altered enthusiasm
or energy levels, strained relationships
with you or their siblings, or disturbed
sleep patterns. Stay closely involved
with your children during the early
months in a new location so you know
how they are feeling, what they are
thinking and who their new friends are.
American Medical Association www.ama-assn.org
American School Directory www.asd.com
National Association of Child Care
Resource and Referral Agencies www.naccrra.org
Consider volunteering or get involved
with the school so that you can see for
yourself how your children are managing.
Both adults and children need the stabili-
ty and comfort of established routines, so
keep the same rules, bedtimes, meal-
times, allowances and expectations that
you had before moving. Refer to the Tips
for Settling In sidebar for more great info
to help both you and the kids.
CHILDREN AND SAFETY
When children are in an unfamiliar environment, they can easily forget basic safety
rules. The following are always a good
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Advice for Volunteers
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• Keep close to a parent, and take an
adult’s hand in crowded areas.
• Carry personal identification and phone
numbers to contact parents at all times.
• Know where to meet in case families
• Review street crossing safety guidelines.
• Make sure children understand how to
get help safely if they get lost.
MEDICAL AND SAFETY
It is a fact that moving places additional
stress on individuals and consequently, they
are more vulnerable to accidents or illness,
not to mention unexpected flare-ups of
chronic health conditions. If an emergency
occurs, every second counts; therefore, as
a precaution, locate hospitals, pharmacies
and physicians that will meet your family’s
needs before an emergency arises.
Learn the procedures, telephone numbers
and access codes for emergency care and
always carry medical identification with
you. Also, in an emergency, you may forget
your new telephone number and/or
address so before an emergency arises,
program them into your cell phone and
place written notes near each telephone in
your home, as well as basic directions to
your residence. Directions will not only be
useful for family members in the early days
at your new home, but they will also assist
babysitters and visiting relatives.
EMBRACE THE MOVE
Whether or not you have children, or you
are married, single or retired, relocating
to a new community can ultimately
become a wonderful and enriching
experience. The suggestions in this article
have worked for many relocating families,
and they can also help your family
become comfortable in your new home.
As an aside, when people learn that I’ve
moved 19 times, the response is often
“What place did you like best?” My
answer is always the same: “Where my
family was.” I wish you all the best!
About the Author | Beverly D. Roman founded BR Anchor Publishing in 1990 and has written more than 30 international and domestic
relocation books. Two of her books won the
Employee Relocation Council’s Achievement
Award for Special Purpose Programs. Her international newsletter has supported corporations
and the military in over 140 countries for more
than18 years. Beverly served from 2002-
2004 as founding chairperson for Families in
Global Transition, Inc. (FIGT) an organization
that focuses on the most critical issues associated
with international cultural transitions. Contact
her at email@example.com, 904.641.1140
or visit www.branchor.com.