How To Help Your Teenager Through This Transition
When you and your family have to move, either across the country, across the county, or across the city, then you already know to expect a significant amount of detestation from your teenager or teenagers. This is a very difficult concept for them to fully digest.
If you find yourself buying a new home or selling your current home in order to move elsewhere, then keep on reading for tips to help your teenager through this process.
Let Your Teenager Know About This Move As Early As Possible
There is nothing worse than the fight you will get from your teenager if you let them know that you are moving shortly before you move. If you must move quickly, than this is just unavoidable. If you have the time to plan and process the move, include your teenager. You will be grateful later on when they have had their time to vent at you and chat with friends.
Try To Let Your Teenager Finish The School Year If Possible
Having to change schools at any point in life is difficult. This is made much worse if your teenager has just one, two, or three years of school left before they plan to attend a secondary educational institution. It is just plain difficult to have to leave friends that you have spent many years making. If possible, let your teenager finish the school year with their friends and then move. This will help them feel like they have had at least a little bit of time to come to terms with the move and say “goodbye” to their friends.
Have Your Teenager Journal Their Feelings And Share Them If They Would Like
Teenagers are full of emotions that they have a hard enough time settling out just because their entire world is constantly changing. They are experiencing hormonal changes, social changes, and mental changes at an extremely rapid pace. If your teenager is the type that seems to experience every emotion on the spectrum in less than five minutes, suggest to them that they journal these feelings. This will help them sort out what exactly it is that they’re experiencing in life. If they feel comfortable, and they may not, ask them to share their journal with you as it relates to life or to the move. It could help you bond with them.
Try To Help Them See The Positive
Many teenagers see life in a negative way because they never have time to get used to something before it changes. Unstable teenagers are a recipe for disaster, but add in what feels like a life-ending event and the whole entire world may feel like it is going to end. Try to help them see the positive. Let them know that they will make new friends, that they will have a bigger room to themselves, or that they will be able to experience something new that you know they’ll love.
Show Them You Actually Do Understand What They Are Going Through
There is a very big chance that you have moved homes at least one time in your lifetime. Share those experiences with your teenager. This is especially important if you have moved at some point in your late childhood or adolescence as this is the time that they are already struggling through in their lifetime. Let them know that you understand their fears, their attachments, and their already unstable-feeling environment. If it will help, let them meet and talk with the sales representative you plan on hiring.