Moving is an ending and a beginning. Families say goodbye to one community and hello to another. Connecting into a new community is one of the most important things parents can do to help their children manage the physical and emotional challenges they face when moving.
In a research summary published to inform practice at Head Start centers around the country, the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement states, “Parents who have positive connections to friends and families and their local community are more able to meet their basic needs, achieve their goals, and successfully raise their children. They are better able to overcome obstacles such as unsafe neighborhoods, family violence, and homelessness in order to reach these goals.” (read the full summary here)
Connection to community is crucial to healthy outcomes for the entire family. It can feel overwhelming in the midst of moving to think about the stress of meeting new people. Here are some ways to connect with your community after a move.
- Volunteer at your child’s school. This is a great way to get to know the school and meet other parents.
- Get involved in groups, clubs or your local faith community. Common interests provide a foundation for friendships.
- Go to the local library and check out classes they offer.
- If you child participates in extracurricular activities, show up a little early to pick them up from practice to give you an opportunity to meet other parents.
For more ideas, visit moving.com and search “community connections” or talk with your MFI Preferred Real Estate Agent. For more information about the Moving Families Initiative, please visit www.movingfamiliesinitiative.com.
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