Moving to a new home in a new city can be difficult, especially for children. However, there are some ways to make it easier. If you are in this situation, here are five tips to keep in mind.

1. Make Time for Family Bonding Each Afternoon

Stability can be key after a move to help everyone come together and adjust. Making time for family every afternoon — or whenever fits your schedule — can be a great way to bring a sense of security in a new location. While most people have a 40-hour workweek, thanks to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, a little bonding time after work or over dinner can go a long way.

2. Find Familiarity

One thing that kids can often be upset about during a move is the loss of familiar friends and activities. If possible, try and find familiarity by enrolling them in a sport that they enjoy in your new location. Or, stick to the routine of sending them to the same sleep-away camp during the summer. This can help kids realize that just because they are in a new location doesn’t mean that everything is going to be different.

Additionally, if you still have family in the area that you are moving from, you might consider having your child spend a couple of weekends with them so that they can see old friends and hang out in the places they enjoyed most in that area.

3. Let Your Kids Decorate Their Own Spaces

Every year, nearly 31 million Americans move. While the process can be tedious, especially for children, you can make it a bit more enjoyable by letting your kids design and decorate their own spaces. This can include picking a color to paint the walls, picking out pictures, posters, or other decorations, and maybe even choosing new bedsheets to match.

Little things like this can not only help give your children a place of their own, but it can help them adjust easier and make them feel like they have more control over the situation. Many times, children feel uncertain or uneasy during a move because they feel they cannot control the things happening around them. This gives them more freedom to express themselves and it can serve as an outlet to help ease their apprehension.

4. Help Your Children Stay In Touch With Friends

Another thing that children are also afraid of is losing friends from their old neighborhoods. To make staying in touch easier, schedule video calls with parents of their friends so that they can talk. You can also use game consoles to let your kids play online with their friends, even if they can’t be in the same room. Even writing letters can be a viable method of keeping in contact, and some kids may enjoy the novelty of receiving old-school snail mail.

5. Attend Activities In Your Family’s New Community

While staying in touch with friends in your old neighborhood is important, so too is making brand new friends. Consider finding activities in your new area that your children and you can attend. Many times, sites like Facebook have community pages where people can post local gatherings for anyone to attend. Since Facebook currently dominates the social media market, with over 65% user share, this is a good place to get started. However, looking at fliers in local stores, calling your local community center, or asking your new neighbors can also be ways of learning about great activities near you.

When it comes to moving to a new home in a new city, the change can be hard, especially for children. However, these five tips can make the transition just a little bit easier for everyone in the family.