Written by Claire Schneider
We continue our moving with kids theme by sharing what moving is like from their vantage point. I sat down with Megan, 16, and Grace, 13, and listened as they recounted their experience of their family’s recent move.
Q: How did your parents tell you about the move?
A: About two months before we moved, our parents explained they had been looking at houses and had found one they really liked. We then embarked on the rest of the process as a whole family. Visiting the house for the first time was exciting – but also a little scary! It was really cool to see what might be our new bedrooms.
Q: How involved were you two in the moving process?
A: We helped our parents get ready for the move. We coordinated portions of our garage sale held before the move. It was kind of fun having the garage sale because we were able to use the money we made for cool, new clothes and getting our hair done. We also packed up our rooms and some areas of the house.
Q: Were you excited about moving? Why?
A: Honestly, we weren’t really enthusiastic to move at first. We were more surprised since we’ve grown up in our old house. But once we saw the new house and our new rooms, we became more excited.
Q: Can you share your thoughts about changing neighborhoods?
A: I think we were both pretty excited from the get-go, but we do really miss our old neighbors. Our new house is in a cul-de-sac, and our new neighbors are always outside in their yards; so far it’s been easy to get to know them. And everyone seems to have a dog. We are also going to have a housewarming party once we get settled which will help with meeting the neighbors, too.
Q: Tell me about your new house. What do you like most about it?
A: Our new house is much bigger and has an sweet basement where we can hang out with our friends. Our bedroom closets are also bigger which means we can shop and buy more clothes. Plus, our bathroom has two sinks, so now we don’t have to fight over the one. The backyard is awesome and has a mini zip line.
Q: Overall, how has the moving experience been for you?
A: It’s been pretty good but, yeah, a little stressful. We’ve made many trips back and forth from the old house to the new house to move things. It’s good we’re moving during the summer so we have more time to get moved in.
Q: Are there any tips or advice you have for other kids preparing to move?
A: Be open to moving and making new friends. Get organized well in advance and don’t put it off; it will help make moving day smoother. And make sure to get plenty of sleep!
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2 thoughts on “Moving: From a teen’s perspective”
Mostly young kids get excited about house move but we can’t accept the same from teens. It’s not that they would react wildly on this but it’s a age when they’re not just dealing with physical development but emotional as well. Teens want to spend enough time with friends. And house move means living friends, school or environment. So while dealing teens for a move one should be very careful. By the way it’s good to know about Megan’s and Grace’s moving perspective.
Small kids get excited about house move but the same can’t be accepted from teens. Reasons are various, may be they don’t want to face new place or people; they may be emotionally attached to the current place or friends, etc. So it’s very necessary to give them enough time so they can adjust positively. It’s good to know the exiting perspective of Megan and Grace from their house move.