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Impact of Moving on a Teen

Posted by Susanna Haynie on February 26, 2012
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Moving is one of the top 10 stressors in a person’s life. Did you know that? Well, everyone knows that moving is stressful PERIOD  .  It’s tough, and for a teen, it’s even harder.
 
As a teen you have developed your relationships, grown your social circle and identified with it, and now you have to leave it all behind?  A strong family bond certainly helps with this process.
When we moved the last time in our ‘military career’ from Washington State, I asked my kids how they felt or what they wanted to do to make the process of leaving easier, what they are looking forward to in their new location. As a result my oldest, who was 15 at the time, wrote this poem.

Image: Tyler unpacking July 2010

Here we go again,

We’re moving out of town,

We’re packing up our bags,

And we’re breaking some new ground.

We half heartedly thank the military,

For the time we’ll spend on the road,

this has happened to us before,

Here’s how it’s going to go:

First the trucks leave,

Hauling all our junk,

Then we’ll tell the dog,

To hop inside the trunk.

We’ll cruise the road for miles,

Stopping only once or twice,

We have three coolers of food,

Yet for me it won’t suffice.

Every fifteen minutes,

Someone has to pee,

Mom is nagging at my dad,

and my sister’s laughing at me.

My brother’s head is out the window,

Wind shouting into his head,

I started calling him names,

Until dad heard what i’d said.

We finally arrive,

We peel out of the car,

To our disappointment,

We beat our trucks by far.

So here we are, in a new house,

Sitting with all rooms empty.

But I don’t mind as much,

‘Cause I’m here with my family.