My Child Is Too Young To Move Out
Studying abroad comes hand-in-hand with living alone.
If the decision of studying in another country comes from your children, then he/she will have already thought about living alone. By the time of enrolment, your child will be around the age of 17-18 years old, at this age, most of the students around the world move out of their parents' house to pursue higher education. It is essential your child feel supported and encouraged to go. Your child doesn’t have to be living all by him\her self necessarily. In most cases, students will find a housemate or roommate so that it’s easier to pay the bills.
When leaving their parents house, most children will go through these six stages:
- Preparing to go: Everything is new and exciting, but your child may also feel a mix of insecurity and nervousness.
- Getting on the plane: all your child can feel at this stage is sadness and anxiety for leaving their home and family and moving to a different country. There’s still a lot of excitement, but the insecurity of not knowing what to expect is overwhelming.
- Arriving: upon arriving all those insecurities disappear and the excitement of being in another country takes over
- The first week: in the first week everything is new, your child is figuring out where to go, what to do, what classes they are going to attend, etc.…
- After a month: after the first month, your child will start feeling homesick. In this stage, you will notice an increase of calls and texts and an overall need to be in touch with you.
- Settling in: after about a month your child will be used to being alone, he will be more integrated on the university life and will probably have a good group of friends who keep him company.