Moving can already be stressful, but moving with a teen can be can sometimes make matters worse. Moves are proven hardest for parents with kids ages 12-16 because at that age, friends are extremely important. It is common for teenagers to rebel against a move. Here are some tips to help.
- Sell them on move- Show your teen all that they can benefit from the move. Show pictures of places and anything you think they can relate to.
- Tell them as soon as you know- This will give your child plenty of time to get used to the idea of moving and time for goodbyes. Teens that at are given more time are less likely to rebel.
- Plan with them- You want to make them feel like they have say on what’s going on. Start planning out there new room, or what they can have in the living room. If you make them more involved they will start to get excited and have something to look forward too.
- Take a trip- If you take the time to make a trip it will give them a broader prospective on what to expect upon arrival. Also it gives you a chance to plan something fun with them on a good note and easier to come back.
- Encourage them to be involved- After you move, your child might want to sit in the new house and do something he or she is used to but you need to encourage him to step out of his comfort zone and get involved with the new community! This will allow him or her to get comfortable and meet new friends.
All of these are examples to help you and your teen cope with Moving to a new town. Feel free to chime in- what worked well for your teen?