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Are you facing a move with your family? No matter how large your family is, there are certain drawbacks to moving with more people than just yourself, especially if one or more of those family members is a teenager. Teenagers are going through one of the most difficult times in their lives, where they will latch on to routine and familiar faces, but try to test the waters of independence at the same time. It is because of these actions that moving and change is so difficult for them. Thankfully, however, there are some secrets to simple moving, even with teens in the house.
Talking to your teenagers is a very important part of the process. Many people simply do not understand the profound effect that talking has on almost any situation in our day to day lives. Communication can generally prevent most problems that might occur, including those that you might see during a move. It is vital that you maintain trust and open lines of communication by telling your teen about the move as soon as you find out. Allow them time to be upset, and even a few minutes to vent about it. Move on quickly, however, and start assigning tasks that need to be completed before the move is done. You will see that there is much less stress in situations and moves where the family talks a lot to each other, than in families where talk is rare. Remember, ignoring something does not make it go away.
Respect is an important part of any family, and as such, it should be a big part of anything that the family does. You should be careful to respect your teenager’s space, especially during such a difficult time such as moving. Allowing them to be in control of their own room and belongings, you not only get them involved in the move itself, but you also are showing them that you respect their space. It is likely that they will want you to stay out of their stuff. In doing so, you will be giving them space, but you will also have one less area to worry about packing and moving.
Getting your teen involved in the move is another great way to make them feel as if they have some say in the way that the move is going. One of the best places to start off is by allowing them to call around for moving quotes. Any good moving company will offer free moving quotes for any type of move, so it will not cost you anything to allow your teen to tackle this job. Once your teen presents you with the results of their work, go over everything. Make sure that they got long distance moving quotes for long distance moves, or local moving quotes for local moves. Once you see a couple of prices that you want to follow up on, call the companies yourself. Handing this task over to your teen will not only give them an important place in the moving process, but it will take more stress and work off of your shoulders.
As you can see, there are many different things that can be done to help your teen adjust to the fact that they will be moving. Keep some of these ideas in mind if you want to make your moving process as simple as it can possibly be with teenagers.