I’m almost 17, I have a place to go if I choose to move. I’m 90% sure I should move. But I’m scared of my parents and their reactions and what they will do….what should I do?

Wanting to move out from your parents house when you are 17 is normal and a lot of people have to make this choice at some time or another but the concern here is that are you ready to move out or not? Do you want to move out because you want to or because you have to?

Moving can be a scary thing even when you have your parents’ support, so fearing their reaction only makes it more difficult. On top of financial issues and newfound independence, you must also deal with the fact that you’re still not legally an adult. There are a lot of things to be considered and it can be overwhelming. Because it is such a difficult thing to go through alone, it would be good idea to make sure you have the necessary support behind you. This may be a friend and their family, a teacher or other trusted adult, another family member, or even a professional. Having someone there to talk to can do wonders to relieve stress. Of course the Distress Centre is here for you as well!

One of the most important things for you to consider though, is your own safety. Everyone has their own reasons for moving out, for some it may be their best option, for others it may be their only option. Whatever the reason, it is important that you take care of yourself throughout the process. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself to just breathe. We all make better decisions with a clear head.

Since everyone has their own situation, there’s unfortunately no grand solution. What there are, however, are options.

We encourage you to chat with us online at www.CalgaryConnecTeen.com, or text us at 587-333-2724 during our peer support hours available here. If you want to talk to someone right away, you can call us anything at 403-264-TEEN (8336), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are trained youth volunteers who can help you work through this and come to the choice that’s best for you.