Family immigration to a new country can bring unique challenges including helping your children adjust to life in an unfamiliar place. When you know some of the ways that you can support your children as they integrate into a new culture, you can encourage confidence and enthusiasm.
Life in a new country can bring endless opportunities for your children to grow and experience exciting adventures.
Your children will feed off of the way you feel about your exodus to a new place. Do your best to confront challenges with perseverance and a can-do attitude. There will undoubtedly be times when your children feel angst and uncertainty about their new home. You can draw upon community resources for ideas of how to address their concerns as you also continue to learn about a new place.
One thing that can make a considerable difference is how willing you are to listen to your children. Show empathy and understanding and encourage them to share the way they feel. Discuss their concerns and come up with solutions together. Set goals as a family and make a list of the things they want to see, do and experience.
Immersing your children in education can help them feel involved and a valuable part of the community. The Greater Good Magazine suggests some tips for teachers to implement to help immigrant children feel comfortable in the classroom. You can also utilize these suggestions such as allowing your children opportunities to distress and process their emotions.
Actively encourage their involvement in the community. You can also look for ways to participate in your children’s activities and interests so you can share in the excitement of developing new relationships and building a thriving social network.