CSP Spotlight: Creating a Sense of Home

There are ways for parents to create a small sense of home, even when moving frequently from place to place without all of their belongings. Parents without a permanent place to stay face a number of challenges in giving their children a consistent sense of home for many reasons, but home is much more than a physical space—it’s a feeling of love, security, and connectedness. This feeling of home can move with you wherever families go together. Even things that seem simple, such as having the same pillowcase to sleep on each night, or hanging the same air freshener in the room, can make a big difference.

Routines can be a stabilizing constant that children can count on and look forward to, and parents can integrate them into many different moments throughout the day. Parents try to use some of these strategies to foster a sense of home anywhere:

In the morning:

  • Try doing the same stretching and breathing exercises together every morning. Stretch tall, touch your toes, then take three deep breaths.
  • Add a daily “mantra” such as “I am loved,” “I am strong,” “I believe in myself,” or “This will change” to set the tone for the day.

At bedtime:

  • Try cuddling and singing the same lullaby together each night.
  • Belly-breathe! Put your hands on your bellies and take three deep breaths in and out, feeling your bellies rise and fall.
  • Hold your child’s hands as she falls asleep.
  • Observe the shape of the moon or count the stars before bed.
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