There is a lot that goes into moving with children in tow. Of course, there is the fun and adventure of moving to a new community. Learning about the unique culture, food, and activities of your new destination can be fun. There is also the not so fun things that you must handle when you relocate with your children.
First of all, it is very important to have all of your children’s documents with you close at hand. Birth certificates, immunization and health records, and social security cards are the most essential. You will also need current and past school records. Having these documents together in one folder will keep you organized and make it a lot easier to find when needed.
You will definitely want to establish a new pediatrician for your children as soon as possible. You can do this either before or after you relocate. There are some great websites that you can use to research a pediatrician. HealthyChildren.org – Find a Pediatrician and Pediatrician – HealthGrades are two websites that are both easy to use and provides detailed information such as background information, address and phone numbers, and other beneficial details that you can use to help you find the best pediatrician for your children.
Next, find out what school your children will be attending, and contact them first before you go to register them. Contacting the school first will give you an idea about what documents the school will require to enroll them. The most important documents are birth certificates, proof of address, past school records, and immunization records. If the school has a website, be sure to check it out online with your child. This will give your child an idea of what the new school looks like and the courses and activities it has to offer.
After that, getting the children involved in local community activities like sports, clubs, and other organizations will help them become acquainted with other children in their new community. You may also want to do some research about all the wonderful activities your new community has to offer. Make a list of cool attractions, restaurants, and outdoor excursions that both you and your children want to visit when you relocate to your new community. This will help build some excitement about the new community you will be relocating to.