It’s an unfortunate fact that life isn’t all about cupcakes and rainbows. People can be ugly to each other, and teaching our children from a young age about behaviour like that and how to act appropriately with other people is so important. Children are resilient creatures, but even they have their limits. For example, when you’ve recently moved into a new home in a new area, your family can feel nervous. Unfamiliar neighbours and territory can take some adjustment and it’s important that you work together as a unit to ensure you all feel comfortable and secure in your new home.
The problems that come with uprooting your family to a new area aren’t just financial, they’re emotional, too. Your children may not adjust easily and can be affected by new surroundings, in the same way you can take some time to settle in. There are a lot of ways you can all, as a family, adjust to your new living situation and you can read about those here.
Once you all have settled and life is flowing nicely again, you relax. You don’t imagine anything going wrong, until one day when you come home and find you have been the victim of a burglary. You probably never imagined that someone would have the gall to break into your home and take your things, and hopefully it’s not something that ever happens to you, but if it did you need to know how to cope.
Having your home robbed is less traumatic than a direct mugging, but it can still affect you and your family psychologically for a long time. Getting each other through the aftermath of a stranger making your secure home feel unsafe is crucial to moving past it all. There are ways you can help your children to cope with such a sudden upheaval, but first you have to make sure your home is secure again. Security is one of the most important things a child needs in their life and when that security is breached, you could find yourself back at square one with unsettled feelings and behaviours.
Hopefully you will have invested in renters insurance when you moved. If you have been smart enough to invest in securing your belongings, it can make the aftermath of a break-in easier, as insurance can help you to replace the things you are missing. You can discuss security and extra locks and alarms with your landlord or rental agency, too, meaning your children can see you being proactive in their safety. As a last resort, moving to a new house again can be an option for you but with children in tow, the continued upheaval isn’t easy to handle. Gather your friends and family to help you with the clean-up in the aftermath of a break-in and make sure you inform the police.
If necessary, have the children seek counselling with you to help to guide their emotions through what has happened, and be there as a constant figure in their lives. This way, even if someone broke in to your house, you are their safety.