Let’s begin by looking at the positives of moving abroad with a teenager:
1. They get to experience a new culture
Living overseas provides your teens with advantages later in life. They are likely to find it easier to integrate and adjust to different people and cultures personally and professionally. The experience is likely to improve your teens verbal skills, knowledge and understanding of how the world works.
2. Better understanding of the world
Living in a different country shows your teenager how life varies positively and negatively around the world. They may be exposed to differing quality of life or issues that they have not come across in their home country.
3. Building resilience
Resilience is our ability to bounce back from adversity and it is one of the most powerful gifts a parent can instil in a teen. Life is difficult at times, challenges and mistakes happen. By facing the difficulty of moving overseas your teen is likely to discover they can handle more than they first imagined.
Finding their feet in a new culture is likely to help young adults settle into new situations later in life. If they have ambitions to go to college or study overseas, a shorter trip in their teenage years may make this transition without the support of family easier for them.
5. Improved language skills
If you are moving to a country that uses a different language, the immersive experience is likely to help your teen pick it up quickly. They may not become fluent, depending on the length of your stay but you are providing them with the best chance of picking up the basics. Teenage brains are like sponges, there’s a good chance they will pick up the local language faster than you do!
6. Opportunity to make new friends
Of course, your child is going to be sad to leave their own friends behind but moving to another country provides them with the opportunity to meet a new group of people. They may make friends that last a lifetime during this period.
7. Family bonding
Although teens may be reluctant to bond with their family, spending so much time together during the moving process may strengthen your relationship with them. Hopefully they turn to you to discuss some of their challenges or have more time to dedicate to family..