Moving is stressful for most people. A family uprooting itself to move out of the city or state can cause a lot of emotions and anxiety. For the teen involved in this process, it’s even more difficult. Going through the teen years is hard enough and having to start over can be very tough. Here are some tips to help your teen cope with the transition.
First, you must understand that at such an emotionally fragile time in their lives, they’re going to grieve the losses they’ll experience when they move. Allowing them to spend those remaining days with their friends and to express their sadness after arriving at their new home will help them process the emotion and move forward. Encourage them to stay in touch with friends from their old neighborhood. They can still be an important part of your teen’s life across the miles.
Upon arriving in the new place, you might be busy finding HOA management for your new home or your old home which you might be selling. However, make sure you take the time to engage your teen. They may be feeling alone. It’s up to you to help bridge the gap of their loneliness by taking them out and keeping them active. The more you learn about your new town the more comfortable everyone will feel. Encourage your teens to go out and interact with other kids their own age. The quicker they get comfortable, the better.
Moving is stressful for teens. They’ll need you for support. Give them attention without overwhelming them and with time, they’ll adapt to their new surroundings.