How Does Relocating Affect Teenagers When Their Parents Are Transferred?

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Relocating can affect teenagers in a number of different ways when their parents are transferred. Find out about how relocating affects teenagers when their parents are transferred with help from a psychologist in this free video clip.

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This is America's Psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere discussing how relocating affects teenagers when their parents are transferred. Relocating can affect any child's life because it means that they have to leave behind friendships, school and the daily routines they've grown used to. But, for teenagers who plays primary importance on their peer group, this move or relocation is something that they take much much harder. Though it maybe impossible for them to avoid the emotional pain cause by the relocation, there are things that you can do as their parents to minimize their discomfort and help them make the transition to a new living situation. As quickly as you the parents know that the move must take place, there should be several sit downs with the family to discuss why the move is happening, the implications of the relocation and creating strategies to make the transition less painful. Try to turn some of that teenage angst into power by having them be part of the decision making process as to the new home, furniture, mode of travel. Once they get to the new home, give the teen as much latitude as possible to make his or her room a living space as much of their as possible. Your teen can design it and put it in his or her own signature. Finally, as much as possible, discuss with the teenager how this can be an exciting and new change in his life. This is Dr. Jeff Gardere discussing how relocating affects teenagers when their parents are transferred.

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