Moving home is no small feat; it comes with a plethora of considerations. These can range from the practicalities like new monthly mortgage payments and parking availability, to the more interpersonal aspects such as the disposition of your future neighbours.
If you’re making this transition as a family, it’s crucial to involve your kids in the process. Tuning into their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions not only aids them in adapting but also provides you with different perspectives to ponder.
We spoke to a 16-year-old who recently went through a family move, and his insights are eye-opening.
A Cocktail of Feelings
“When we decided to move, I had a cocktail of feelings. The idea of a bigger room was exciting, but the realization that I’d have to tidy and pack up my room brought me back down to earth.”
Household Tensions and Hue Debates
“The potential for non-stop parental stress over renovations had me uneasy. Will they ever reach a consensus on paint choices?”
Friendship and Goodbyes
“Leaving behind a best friend who was also my neighbour saddened me, although she ended up moving too, so that softened the blow.”
A Step Up
“I felt a sense of pride, knowing that we’ve come a long way from a two-bedroom flat to a considerably larger home.”
“Distance to amenities like shops and public transport worried me, as did the quality of the wifi at the new place.”
“Questions about our financial status also crossed my mind. Could we still afford amenities like Sky TV without breaking the bank?”
Lessons and Recommendations
“If you’re a teen and your family is relocating, here’s my advice: Start packing and tidying your room as soon as you know a move is imminent. Open up about your concerns with your parents, and try to focus on the upsides.”
My advice for anyone in my age group whose family are moving home is this:
- Start tidying and packing your room the minute you know you’re selling/moving.
- Speak to your parents about anything that’s worrying you.
- And finally, focus on the positives.
He concluded, “I love our new place, and we managed to keep both good wifi and our Sky TV subscription!”
There you have it—insightful reflections from someone who’s been through the maze of a family move.
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