Hey guys! Todays post will be tips for teens who are getting ready to go away from home for the first time. I know for some home schoolers like myself, we don’t leave home very much. So I hope this will help calm someone who is leaving home for the first time.
My story of going away from home for the first time is going to Civil Air Patrol(CAP) encampment a little more than a year ago. This is a week-long event were CAP cadets learn the basic skills they will need to be in CAP. It is basically boot camp for CAP cadets.
At the age of 14, I had never been away from home overnight without my family. So a week away from home in another state seemed like a nightmare. How my brother and I made it through that week, I have no idea.
The first day was the worst. Stepping into a room filled with higher ranking cadets screaming commands at you every second. Having to sit and stand at attention looking straight ahead even at all meals. But let me share a few tips that helped me make it through that week.
Don’t be shy, make friends: If you are going to a summer camp, or sport camp, make new friends. These new friends are the people who will help you make it through your first time away from home. That is one of the mistakes that I made my first few days away from home. Friends will help keep your mind away from home, and this might be their first time away from home also.
Don’t spend all of your time thinking about home, and not enjoy the experience: You need to live in the moment, don’t think about home, but focus on the experience you are having. You will enjoy your first time away from home by practicing this.
Before you leave home, don’t spend so much time worrying about it: One of the mistakes that I made is doing this very thing. Before I left, I spent so much time worrying about how it would be. But after the trip, it was not as bad as I thought it would be.
Don’t be afraid to go away from home for the first time: Don’t pass up great opportunities just because you haven’t been away from home before. As you get older, there will be many opportunities for teens. But a lot of these may require you to be away from home for a few days or weeks. Don’t be afraid to be away from home for the first time.
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