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TXU Energy helps make moving easier for families everyday, and we know that it can be as challenging as it is exciting. Moving can be especially hard for kids who are leaving behind familiar places and important friends. As a parent, you can make a big difference in how your kids feel about the move and how they adjust to their new home. To help, we put together some tips for moving with kids that can ease the transition:
- Make a family wish list. What do all of you want for your new home? Your younger child might want a bigger backyard. Your teen might be yearning for a room of her own. Get the kids thinking about all the possibilities, and see how quickly their anxiety turns to excitement.
- Let them decorate their new bedrooms. Bring home paint swatches so your children can choose a color. Then have them make it into an art project.and paste snapshots of their bed and furniture onto a sheet of construction paper. This way, they can visualize what the room will look like beforehand.
- Pack a treasure box. Give younger children their own small packing box to decorate with stickers, and have them fill it with their favorite things. Take the box in the car or the plane so they can keep their treasures close during the move.
- Throw a goodbye party for your old house. It may sound silly, but it can bring closure to the memories and routines you're leaving behind.
- Make a memory book. Your child can fill it with mementos of your old home and photos of their friends. Have kids write down their email addresses so they can stay in touch.
One of the most essential tips for moving with kids is to help your children know what to expect each step of the way. It can be easier when you break the move down into three stages:
- Before the Move: Preparing
Tell your kids about the move as soon as possible. The more time they have to think about and prepare for the move, the easier it will be for them.
Give your children a chance to express their feelings, and try to be honest about your own feelings. Many children will feel some sadness or worry about the move. These responses are natural, and kids who have a chance to express them will work through their doubts more easily.
If it’s possible, visit your new home before the move and explore the new neighborhood or city together. If this isn't possible, take pictures of your new home, the schools your kids will attend, a nearby park and anything else that will help them get excited about the move.
- During the Move: Remembering What's Important
On moving day, stay as upbeat and calm as you can. Your own mood can impact other family members, especially kids, who are particularly sensitive to their parents’ feelings.
Involve your kids in the packing. Older kids can pack their own belongings in boxes, and kids of all ages will enjoy decorating the boxes containing their things.
Try to stick to your routines. Have meals at the same times as always. If your kids nap, encourage them to lie down at the usual time.
- After the Move: Getting Settled
In the first few days, take time to enjoy your new home with your family. Take walks. Check out local restaurants and take-out spots. Spend time at the park. Be on the lookout for neighborhood kids, and help introduce them to your children.
Let your children have some input in your new home plans, especially in choosing things for their rooms – for example, the placement of their bed, or the paint color.
Get your child quickly involved in their favorite sports, activities and clubs.
Above all, listen. Try to be there when your kids get home after the first day at their new schools, even if it means having to leave work early that day. Regularly ask how things are going, and take time to listen.
With your understanding and patience, your children will be reassured that, after a while, things will get easier and everything won't feel so strange and new. They will also learn a valuable lesson they can take with them for life: Home is wherever the family is.
When looking for an electricity provider at your new home, go with a company that knows what Texans need. TXU Energy is the #1 choice in Texas for electricity service and offers benefits like straightforward pricing, flexible billing and payment options, energy-saving tools and more. To learn more, visit the TXU Energy Move Center for easy sign-up options.
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