Aside from going to the beach, moving is also one of the best summer activities. The heat may be unbearable in some areas, but there are ways to feel comfortable in it; besides, it’s much easier to carry stuff when you’re garbed in thin clothing rather than your winter jacket.
So if you’ve already found the right property in a peaceful, suburban location, it’s advised that you schedule your move early into the summer, while there’s still a lot of time before school resumes for your kids. But what if you have teens who won’t stop grumbling about the move?
Worry not, because this article will give you the reasons a summer move is still the best, along with some tips to help your disgruntled teen adjust.
1. Ideal Weather
If you’re not hiring a moving company, the longer days of summer will come in handy for you. This means more time to load and unload your things and unpack them once you’re ready to settle.
If possible, set up the utilities in your new home before the move, so that you can already use your A/C as you unpack. Start early in the morning before the sun is out to avoid working in the extreme heat. But if an afternoon move is more appealing to you, not to mention to a teen who’d rather sleep in, you may just head to your new home earlier to set up the A/C, then return to fetch the rest of your family and your belongings.
2. The Kids are on Vacation
Moving in the summer means your kids have completed a school year, so they won’t be transferring to a new school in the middle of an ongoing semester. (if that’s part of your plans.) And since they’re on vacation, they’ll be available to help you out.
The only drawback is when you have a teen who’s reluctant to move. Their grumpiness over the matter may add to your stress, but as tough as it may be, you have to understand your teen’s feelings. It’s hard for them to leave a familiar and comfortable environment, especially their friends.
Since you’re also leaving something behind, so you have to validate your teen’s feelings as they express their dissatisfaction. Avoid mentioning that they can just make new friends again in their new school or neighborhood. Instead, acknowledge their attachment to the place you’re leaving, then explain the reasons behind your decision to move. Let them know that while you value their feelings, it’s ultimately up to you to decide what’s best for your family, which is relocating.
3. Yard Sales
Some products sold at yard sales can be a replacement for your old stuff, meaning you can lighten your load and just obtain some essentials from shopping. Furthermore, going to yard sales is an opportunity for your kids and teens to explore their new neighborhood. They may meet new people along the way and start forming friendships immediately!
Touring new your city, whether it be for errands or just to familiarize yourself in it, is a great way to cope with the move, no matter how old you are. Go and visit cafes, bookstores, malls, and other recreational areas. Remember that it isn’t just your teens who need to make new friends, but also you.
Meeting fellow parents can help you choose a school for your kid. If your teen insists on choosing their new school themselves, let them do that as well; allowing them to be actively involved with the move gives them a sense of control, which can help them adjust.
Once you’re settled, you may begin resuming to your routines and enjoying your new community. By doing all of these as a family, your teen will find happiness in no time, realizing that they aren’t truly saying goodbye to their old hometown.