Are we there yet?...that oh-so-common refrain uttered from the back seat of cars from California to North Carolina and everywhere in between. Parents who relocate their families are also intimately familiar with that refrain, but for a different reason. “Are we ‘there’ yet?”…are we back to “normal,” or at least some sense of a new normal? Moving is fraught with more details that our brain cells are capable of wrapping themselves around. So how can we minimize the chaos and hold on to a little more of our sanity while navigating the sometimes choppy waters back to “normal?”
Technology is an amazing tool to assist parents in achieving their desired results and here are a few websites that might help…
cozi.com – This free site allows you not only to keep track of everyone’s schedule but you can link them to avoid conflicts in scheduling. Everyone in the family can access the calendar anywhere, anytime.
ziplist.com – This free app gives you one central location to keep your shopping lists. Find a recipe on a website you’d like to make? Ziplist will add the ingredients to your shopping list instantly. Meal planning at its most convenient.
casasugar.com – for inspiration and cheap decorating ideas for your new living space
nationalparenthelpline.org – find support and support groups in your area
parenting.org – “ask an expert” online
familytlc.net – building stronger relationships with your children
Get support – for your kids:
fosteringresilience.com-tips for building strengths in your children to build the resilience necessary to ride the ups and downs of life
healthychildren.org – American Academy of Pediatrics site that offers information on physical & mental health needs of children.
Self-regulation.ca – a PDF-format brochure to help children understand and recognize stress and how to calm down
No parent should move without a game plan.
For more information about the Moving Families Initiative, please visit www.movingfamiliesinitiative.com.