Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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more about the community. Volunteer activities add depth to résumés, but the experience needs to be documented so that the service equates to business expertise. Before you again become fully employed, use any free time to enjoy your new community. Refer to the Advice for Volunteers website for guidance in selecting a volunteer position and Monster.com for spouse assistance in the Helpful Websites sidebar. SUCCESSFULLY RELOCATING YOUR SMALLEST MOVERS The majority of relocating families have dependent children. If you are moving with children, you probably researched schools before moving; however, personal school visits will transform the unknown into reality. Visits to new schools to survey the class- rooms and meet teachers will go a long way to allay your, and your children's worries about the new environment. Listen carefully to each child's concerns—every move can bring new issues to the surface. Encourage your children to maintain contact with former friends, even while trying to make new friends. Exchanging photos, having email access and possibly a cell phone with a camera feature can help bridge the gap between old and new friends during the early weeks in a new location. DEALING WITH CHALLENGES Keep in mind that every stage and every age can bring new chal- lenges. Children who sailed through the last move could be in an entirely different place emotionally and physically for this move, so parents cannot assume that a child will ease into the current move. Routinely share accomplishments and challenges with each other and talk about ways to overcome difficulties. Children need to know that even though the parents are responsible for uprooting them, you both have challenges to face, and you need to work together as a family to solve them. The following signs may indicate that children are struggling with the adjustment: sudden reading difficulties, changes in attention span or study habits, weight loss or gain, altered enthusiasm or energy levels, strained relation- ships 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. 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 stability and comfort of established routines, so keep the same rules, bedtimes, mealtimes, allowances and expec- tations that you had before moving. Refer to the Tips for Settling In sidebar for more great info to help both you and the kids. • Write down three or four goals to achieve in your new city. • Continue all your special family celebrations and traditions. • Share some of your family's special recipes and cultural aspects with new acquaintances and neighbors. • Keep a log of new experiences and accomplishments. • Give everyone in the family manageable moving chores (taking care of practical matters will take the edge off homesickness). • Join an athletic or special interest group. • Get involved in community and/or religious organizations, especially those that sponsor activities, volunteer efforts and programs for newcomers. • Learn about the local government, issues and politics. • Most importantly, be patient and take one day at a time. HELPFUL WEBSITES Advice for Volunteers www.serviceleader.org American Animal Hospital Association www.healthypet.com Hospital Locator American Medical Association www.ama-assn.org American School Directory www.asd.com Elder Care Locator www.eldercare.gov Monster.com www.monster.com National Association of Child Care www.naccrra.org Resource and Referral Agencies Parents Without Partners, Inc. www.parentswithoutpartners.org TIPS FOR SETTLING IN

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