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Toomuchtea Tue 18-Dec-12 18:17:50

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amillionyears Tue 18-Dec-12 18:29:00

Not sure how much help I am going to be.
fwiw, I do think 17 is a funny age, in that she will not feel quite a grown up yet, and still want roots, but at the same time she may be starting to want to fly the nest.
I think my main question here is, is she planning to leave home in the near future, say to uni?

It could be other things that are bothering her. The list may be quite long. For instance, you say you need to move to a smaller house. Might she be feeling a bit embarassed about that in front of her friends?

amillionyears Tue 18-Dec-12 18:31:02

She might be concerned about the animals moving?

Can you remember what sort of things or reasons she gave for not wanting to move, right near the beginning. Even things you may have dismissed, as not being the real reasons?

specialsubject Tue 18-Dec-12 18:36:56

she is old enough to understand the reasons - have you explained the financial realities?

A six-week sulk? Blimey. Well done for not going apeshit at her. This is incredible.

basically she sucks it up, and at 17 it is time she learned that. No school change, still able to see her friends - where's the problem?

amillionyears Tue 18-Dec-12 18:48:42

Do you have pets buried in the garden?
Does she like a boy in the immediate neighbourhood?
Is she a person who gets very attached to things?

BeckAndCallWithBoughsOfHolly Tue 18-Dec-12 18:51:15

If she's been there for the whole of the life she can remember, she's probably very attached to where you live - for her, it's the place where she feels safe, where she's achieved everything to date and it probably feels like its a part of her and she's a part of it. She could well be terrified of the changes that are taking place for her.

Knowing the reasons for leaving, and accepting them, doesn't mean she won't feel bad about it. She may have been invited to look at where you're going but if she just doesn't want to go in the first place, she'll still be feeling lousy.

I would say explain to her the economics of the situation and she will just have to accept it and she will just need to deal it. Which she will, in due course. But the edgy time between agreeing to sell and actually completing is likely to be difficult for her, and possibly you all, to deal with.

SecondhandRose Tue 18-Dec-12 18:55:42

Does she drive? Perhaps some driving lessons if not to get her back to the old area.

Toomuchtea Tue 18-Dec-12 21:35:57

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SassySask Tue 18-Dec-12 22:45:26

Moving away to university is a huge deal and maybe she feels that too much is changing at the moment or that she is being excluded? Will she have her own room at the new house? So when she comes back from uni she will have her own space.

Perhaps you could include her in shopping for some new things for the new house? Maybe just the two of you sometimes? Give her a small allowance to buy things for her new room? Things to make her feel all the more involved and to get excited about.

amillionyears Tue 18-Dec-12 22:47:12

Perhaps you could present her with a checklist of possible reasons why she doesnt want her to go, in a grid. And leave it where she can see it or give it to her over a mealtime.
And ask her to tick the reasons that are appropriate.
That way she can comunicate, but still doesnt have to immediately talk about the move.

amillionyears Tue 18-Dec-12 22:50:45

Actually, as I am writing this, I am getting frustrated too.
She is 17 years old, not 7.

Unless she has medical issues of some kind, this huge sulk is really not on.
I would try what people have suggested on here.

Failing all that, and I suppose it might have to wait till a few days after xmas,I would start getting tough. Insist she talks about life in general, even if not much about the move. Else start removing teenager privileges, such as lifts, pocket money or whatever.

Skiffen Tue 18-Dec-12 22:53:57

I adtually think moving away to uni may be part of the problem. As she will never live in the new house for long, it will never become her home - and it's really hard to feel that you don't have a home. My parents have moved over 100 miles from where I grew up, went to school, still have many friends etc. We go and visit it my parents, but it's like we're on holiday - I've never lived in that house and so it just isn't "home" to me in the way the area I grew up in always will be.

I was vile as a 17 year old - truly awful. It must be so hard for you to be shut out like this. I think remaining calm, acknowledging that things are hard for your dd and carrying on as much as you can as normal are the only things you can do. Good luck.

deleted203 Tue 18-Dec-12 22:54:45

I think you have been incredibly patient, personally. I'd have given my DD a huge row by now along the lines of 'grow up and deal with it, none of us particularly wanted to move - life is shit at times and not helped by your childish attitude'. Ask her if it's ever occurred to her that YOU are unhappy/worried about moving as she piles her teenage dramatic sulks onto you, and that when she is working and paying a mortgage or rent of her own she might actually appreciate that we can't all live in our ideal house - sometimes we have to settle for what we can bloody afford and lump it. I would also expect anyone living with me to have the courtesy to speak to me in civil fashion as otherwise there would be consequences, ie priviledges would be removed from them, they would be grounded, etc. She is almost an adult and it is time she behaved as one.

deleted203 Tue 18-Dec-12 22:55:42

x posted with amillionyears but we're of the same basic opinion.

Toomuchtea Wed 19-Dec-12 10:22:55

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Toomuchtea Wed 19-Dec-12 11:45:15

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Startail Wed 19-Dec-12 12:07:34

As a child home is your refuge from the world your room is your anchor in life's storm.

I'd have been absolutely furious if my parents had moved.

They did toy with the idea when I was ~9, but fortunately the house wouldn't sell.

I don't think you can do anything, she'd probably be just as pissed off coming home from uni to a different house.

What ever you do and wherever you move, it won't feel right.

You can't change that, only time can.

TheApprentice Wed 19-Dec-12 12:22:03

This really reminds me of me a t 14! I was away at boarding school when one day my parents rang up with the earth shattering news that we were moving house. I was so distressed that my friends thought someone had died! For me, it was partly the fact that it had come out of the blue, but also that my home was my refuge from school and I couldnt bear the thought of not having it - this may be true for your daughter too if she is about to go away to university.

Because I was basically a good girl, and didnt know how to rebel, scream and shout etc I did what your daughter is doing and went v quiet and moody. When Mum asked how I felt about it I just said "It doesnt matter how I feel" because I felt so powerless and cross about it all. I'm not proud of my behaviour but it really was the only way I knew to put my feelings across. It took my best friend from school to say "you're determined not to like the new house" to get me to take a hard look at myself!

My Mum was really good though, and made it very hard for me to stay cross, even though I did my best! She was always kind to me when discussing new house, however horrid I was being, let me have first choice of bedroom (I have 3 brothers), put up pictures etc to make me feel like I mattered. I think that really helped.

I know this makes me sound like a spoilt brat, but I really wasnt. My Mum had been v strict with us all as young children and had I been very rude or pushed the boundaries too far she would have come down on me like a ton of bricks. But I never had the typical teenage tantrums, never argued with my parents, rebelled etc. I suppose this was the nearest I got! But I think it really helped that she really tried to see where I was coming from and I did appreciate her thoughtfulness even though I often didnt show it!

Kleinzeit Wed 19-Dec-12 15:23:39

Sounds as if this house move is being very stressful for all of you, and the stress is affecting her especially. She has lived in the same house all her life, she doesn’t know what a move will be like, she doesn’t know where she will be moving to. The fact that she’s going away to university may make her feel worse, because leaving for uni is quite a scary business and it’s comforting to know that home is still where you left it! She doesn’t have that comfort. And just to add to it, she now has two house moves ahead. I think she’ll feel a whole lot better once you’ve moved to wherever you’re finally going.

Visiting the houses seemed to reassure her. Could you possibly tell her you wont move anywhere she hasn’t seen first? I don’t mean she gets to OK the decision, but knowing she will at least get to see the place and express an opinion before you decide might help her feel better.

Otherwise I think it’s fine to carry on as normal (there’s nothing else to do!) but I am bit surprised that people are calling her sulky, a princess etc. Her response is natural and she’s just withdrawn, she’s not rude or rebellious. She’s genuinely upset and it’s not fair to expect her to act is if everything is fine when it isn’t.

Toomuchtea Wed 19-Dec-12 15:41:52

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Kleinzeit Wed 19-Dec-12 15:43:39

One other thing that might help would be to talk to her honestly about how sad you feel yourself about moving. Don’t try to say “but it will be fine” or “one gets through it” – instead of reassuring her, that may make her feel that that real sadness (hers and yours) is unacceptable or that sad feelings are being trivialised. Just share your own sadness and grief about it. Sometimes people have to fully acknowledge how sad they feel before they can start feeling better about what comes next.

Toomuchtea Wed 19-Dec-12 16:43:26

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HermioneHatesHoovering Wed 26-Dec-12 19:36:17

I would share with her how you feel about your garden, maybe she will be able to see some parallels with how she is feeling.

HermioneHatesHoovering Wed 26-Dec-12 20:21:02

Just coming back to this to say when my Dad sold up (the house I'd lived in from 2yrs old to 17 yrs old), I was very upset and put out.

I didn't say anything to him, I was mid twenties, married and living abroad so it would have sounded ridiculous, but I felt it all the same as in "how could he sell my home".

bonhomiee Wed 26-Dec-12 23:12:14

I think its a really hard thing for her as she is powerless without choices atm. Presumably you and her dad have made this decision and she has to accept it.. but she isn't a salary earning adult yet to choose her own home and has to go along with what you say.
I detest moving house when it is not my own choice/ have not come to terms with it and find it very hard to deal with. I missed houses we lived in for several years after moving and still feel the pain of loss of some of the houses we moved from and when my fathers house was sold.
Is there any chance of reconsidering because she is obviously suffering and it could really affect her.

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