|When Your Family Moves: Old Home, New Home
"I've never moved before (except when I was REALLY little), but I would be sad to move away from the house I've lived in for almost my entire life."
"I think the hardest thing about moving was adjusting to my new home. I move about every year."
"We moved state to state and that was very difficult because I was so root bound."
Sometimes, a home is the hardest friend to leave behind. Maybe your house has been the site of some big milestones in your life, or you've always loved to play in that park around the corner. Perhaps you're about the move away from the town you were born in or the only place you've ever really known.
Here are some ideas for making it easier to say "goodbye" to the old ‘hood-and then "hello" to the new one!
Letting go of the old:
- Walk through the rooms of the home you live in, remembering good things that happened in each space.
- Write about your house or apartment and your community in your journal, concentrating on how the people, places, and things around you made your life better.
- Make a videotaped tour of your home and neighborhood, with your own narration about the time you've lived there.
- Make a memory album about your home, with photos, stories, and anything else that will help preserve the memories.
Getting ready for the new:
Here's some more advice from IML'ers:
- "I would recommend making plans for your new room, make stuff to put in your new room, listing all the things that you want to do when you first get there, figuring out how to stay in contact with friends you'll leave behind, and research on what sort of buildings, groups, etc, there will be where you move to help keep your mind off of the sad feelings."
- "I know it's a little hard at first. So when you first move to where ever, write a letter to yourself saying all the things that you like about your new home."
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