Leaving the Nest: How to Help a Teenager Move Out For the First Time?
There comes a time in every parent's life when your children are ready to fly the nest. Moving house is a challenging and daunting task for the majority of people, but moving out for the first time as a teenager can be extremely overwhelming time. To some, ‘going it alone’ could be an exciting prospect, yet there is still a multitude of things that you can do in order to make this milestone go as smoothly as possible for your nest-leaving loved ones.
Below are some things that you can do that could help a teenager with their first steps towards adulthood.
Get a professional to help with the heavy lifting
First and foremost, it’s always a good idea to hire a professional to help move the majority of important items and furniture. Removalists can save you lots of valuable time when moving out, leaving you more time to organise more important tasks such as arranging service providers and changing addresses. Having a reputable removalist on board is a surefire way of making the entire process less stressful and can also give you peace of mind that all of your worldly possessions are in good hands.
Help them to work out a rough budget
Moving out of home is often the first time that most of us have to be financially independent and figuring out your budget is key. It may be a good idea to sit down with your children to work out how much their new place is going to cost on a weekly or monthly basis, taking into account how much they intend to spend on items such as groceries. It’s also important to remind them that certain utility bills such as water and gas may be billed quarterly. These types of bills can catch out even the most seasoned budgeter so it’s wise to set some money aside for these sometimes unexpected expenses.
Teach them some basic recipes
Passing on some tried and tested basic recipes can be extremely beneficial. Having a handful of quick and easy meal options at your disposal means they’re most likely going to have a healthier diet for the majority of the week. Planning meals ahead of time and getting to grips with affordable meals that are relativity easy to prepare can also save them big bucks in the long run and set them up for financial success in the future.
Prepare to be on call
With all the excitement it’s easy to forget that for some, moving out can be quite hard. Many teenagers will be faced with an array of household chores that, up until now, you have taken care of for them. Therefore, you should expect to be on-call during the initial adjustment period. Whether it is giving cleaning advice or helping with any DIY that’s needed around their new home, these small acts can make the first few weeks of independence that much easier.
One of the best ways to make moving out less daunting can be to keep communication levels up. Making the extra effort to send a quick text message to ask how it’s all going can be all that's needed sometimes.
Hopefully, the tips above will make your teenagers move go as smoothly as possible. All in all, moving out for the first time is always going to be a situation with ups and downs like any other. The thing to remember is that we all learn from our own mistakes or experiences when it comes to leaving the nest. All that we as parents can do is show our support and offer help when needed. After all, it's probably not that long ago since you made the first big move away from home and you turned out ok right?