I’m a mom, and we moved a few years ago to a neighborhood we love. Even with a fantastic location, moving as a teenager can be tough. Here are some tips on making the transition as smooth for them – and you – as possible.
Moving can be a stressful time for families overall. While adults and young children can find it difficult to alter their routines, it can be especially challenging for teenaged children. The teen years are a confusing time anyway, and when you add moving into the mix it can be even more difficult: changing schools, missing friends, new routines – it can be a lot.
There are ways you can help your teenager make the transition.
• Talk and Listen – Probably this should be reversed: listen and then talk. Let your teen know you understand the difficulty, and make sure they are aware of your reasons for moving.
• Include Them in Choosing a Home – Involve your teen in the home buying decision. Of course you should have the final say in deciding on a home, but bringing them into the process helps them feel ownership. And you might find doing so adds valuable insight!
• Visit Schools and Clubs – One of the biggest challenges for any child is changing schools and moving away from friends. Before you make a buying decision, visit schools with your child and ask them to give input.
The most important aspect to moving with any child, especially a teen, is to include them in the conversation and in as many decisions as possible. You just might find the move easier for your teenager than you imagine.
As always, contact me for a list of homes in family friendly neighborhoods with nearby activities the whole family will love.