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Moving With a Teenager - Tips for Teens

by The Jana Caudill Team

If you’re moving and you have children the bellyaching in your Dyer, Crown Point, or Cedar Lake home has undoubtedly already started.  And if you have teenagers the bellyaches may have morphed into moping, passive aggression, and even outright outbursts.  Here are a few tips to pass directly on to your teens to help them help themselves through the stress of a move.  Parents need read no further.  This is for teens only:

  1. Plan the room you’re moving into.  Get the dimensions from your parents of your new bedroom.  Where is the door, the windows?  Are you going to have the same setup you had in your old room, or are you going to shake things up since you have to move everything around anyway.
  2. Put together an MP3 playlist of favorite songs for the move. Talk your parents into playing it on the drive to the new house.  Tell them that article with moving tips for teens they made you read said it would be therapeutic.
  3. Take pictures along the way.  Use your digital camera or smartphone.  Post them on your Facebook or Myspace or wherever you have an account where you share stuff with your friends.  Post pics of your new school, new room, new backyard, new friends.
  4. Cut your folks some slack.  They love you, and the move is stressful for them too.  They’re trying to do what’s best for the whole family.

Moving With a Teenager - Tips for Parents

by The Jana Caudill Team

Moving is stressful.  The “To do” list of packing boxes, garage sales, turning off utilities, turning on utilities, notifying the post office, the physical job of the move, and unpacking, just to name a fraction of the beehive activity seems a mile long.  There are emotional “Goodbyes,” and first “Hellos.”  Add young children to the mix and your list doubles.  They are counting on you to take care of everything, even when they have no real idea of the totality of what goes into a successful move.

Now consider your teenagers.  What's the move like for children who are a little more mature, and are starting to have a more mature understanding of their world, who are beginning to have more mature relationships?  What about young adult children who have already started to drive, to date?

Here are some tips for parents to help their older children struggling with a move have a more positive transition to a new life in a new Crown Point, Chesterton, or Munster home:

  1. Talk to your teenagers.  The best way to address the issues surrounding a move is meet it head on.  Speak with all your children, especially your teenagers.  Ask them about their concerns.  Offer honest, positive advice.  Listen.
  2. Give them homework, and get them involved.  Have your teenagers research their new city on the internet.  Give them the assignment of locating the gas station, grocery store, movie theater, and McDonalds nearest to their new address.  Make it fun, but don’t forget there is work to be done.  Give them the responsibility of packing certain rooms besides their bedroom like the bathrooms, or the rec-room.  Help them to feel like an important part of this big change for the family.
  3. Give them a going away party with their friends.  Be sure it’s a fun activity with emails and mailing addresses exchanged all around before the night’s over so your teenagers can keep in touch by sharing stories of their new digs with old friends.

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The Jana Caudill Team
Redkey Realty Leaders
503 East Summit St., Suite 2
Crown Point IN 46307
219-661-1256
Fax: 219-663-5949