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The prospect of moving a residence can be hugely unsettling for children. The idea of losing the only home they know, their school and their friends all at one time, may seem almost inconceivable. Below are some tips that can help all children make a smooth transition to a new home.

1. Generally it is best to let children know about a move once a decision has been made. Telling a child that they might move, may cause uncertainty, confusion and anxiety.

2. Prepare the child for the move. Give them information about their new community and new school. If possible, bring your child to the new neighborhood. Show him the house he will be living in. Drop by his new school. If this is not doable, try to find your neighborhood on Google Earth and walk the neighborhood virtually.

3. Create a book of resources about the new area. This can include a map, brochures of local kids clubs, activities and teams. Also include brochures of places that might be of special interest to your child, such as an amusement park, planetarium or a professional sports team in the area.

4. After your child has reviewed all the materials about his new home, ask him what kinds of clubs or teams he might like to join once he moves. Make a list. This will encourage the child to think positively about the move, and focus on opportunities and new experiences.

5. Ideally, it would be best for children to be with a relative or friend on moving day. Seeing their things being unpacked can be unsettling for some children. If you can set up the child’s room before he arrives at the new house, this will give him a sense of stability, and the house will be introduced as more of a home.

6. With the advent of texting and the internet, it is easy for kids to stay in touch with friends and relatives from the old neighborhood. These contacts can offer emotional support while your child is adjusting socially to his new environment. Over time, there will be a natural attrition in this correspondence as the child becomes involved with kids and activities in his new neighborhood.

7. Schedule family activities soon after the move. This will give kids a sense of a belonging in an unfamiliar place.

8. Meet your neighbors. Whether you go door to door and introduce yourselves or strike up conversations on the street or in park, model friendliness for your children. Show them how to meet new people and make new friends.

9. Join a local church or club to meet new people as a family.

10. Sign your child up for classes, clubs and teams. This is a great way for your child to meet other kids, particularly if you move during summer vacation. If the child is in new school, encourage him or her to invite new friends over to your house.

Cindy Jett, LICSW is a psychotherapist living in Reston, VA. She is the author of Harry the Happy Caterpillar Grows, a picture book that helps the anxious child manage fear and adapt to change. For more information, visit

A pulse oximeter measures your blood oxygen saturation level. Why is this important (in laymen terms)? The percentage of oxygen in your blood is directly associated with your health and certain health conditions. Some common conditions include asthma, COPD, and sleep apnea.

Kids of today face many different health issues in comparison to kids of the 1950’s. As time has changed along with technology, so have the daily activities and behaviors of kids. Physical activity of kids today has greatly decreased, which can be linked to many new health issues that kids face today. These issues include obesity to asthma to sleep apnea. A new technology that is out now gives parents the power to monitor important vital signs. Monitoring of the child’s pulse rate and oxygen saturation level by the use of a pediatric pulse oximeter could help parents catch certain symptoms sooner and notify the child’s pediatrician.

New fingertip pulse oximeters for kids utilize new software to minimize error in readings due to motion, so that accuracy is up to the levels of clinical devices. The important of this new technology exceeds past just accuracy, but it allows parents to monitor their kids’ heart rate and oxygen levels. Knowing these signs is critical for a parent whose child might suffer for heart or respiratory illnesses. The Landon Medical LM-500, pediatric pulse oximeter, incorporates new software, a new Texas Instruments chipset, and a new fitted finger molding. The LM-500 has received various accolades, and sells for under $ 80 with all of its accessories and a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. Pulse oximeters that are available on the market today range in cost and features, but two features are standard: pulse rate reading and blood oxygen saturation level.

These new portable pulse oximeters are small enough that parents carry them in their pocket for spot checks of their kids’ vital signs throughout the day. An interview of a group of parents who use the new pulse oximeters revealed that the new device gives them peace of mind, knowing they have a tool that helps them monitor their child.

High quality, low-cost pulse oximeters from manufacturers like Landon Medical and others can be found at