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Dear Dish-It: I'm Homesick

Dear Dish-it,

I think I might be homesick. I haven't seen my brothers, my dad, and my friends for 3 months. What do I do to be happy?

Depressing

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Dear Depressing,

When you're not at home for a long period of time, it can be fun and exciting for some kids or scary and sad for others. It sounds like you're missing your parents, your bed, and all that everyday stuff at home. It's called being homesick, and it's not like being sick in the usual way. Homesick means you're upset, sad, and maybe scared. Your mind may feel bad (as in, you start feeling depressed), and being upset can sometimes make your body feel bad, too.

But here's the good news? You can help yourself feel less homesick by bringing something special from home with you, like your pillow, or pictures of the people you'll be apart from that you can look at any time you want. You can also try and keep yourself busy. The more fun stuff you do, the less time you'll have to feel homesick. Try to join in activities wherever you are. Even if you're not completely into it at first, you might soon start to have a good time.

It's also a good idea to stay in touch with the people you miss back home. This doesn't mean spending all your time on the phone with your parents, which can make you miss out on all the fun. Instead, make a plan or schedule for when you'll call your mom or dad. Set a regular day and time for a phone call home. You can also email or text message to stay in touch with family and friends - you can even go retro and write a letter to send through snail mail! When you do get in touch with someone, make sure to talk about the fun things you're doing!

Finally, try talking to someone where you are. Sometimes, just telling someone that you're feeling a little homesick will help you feel better. Maybe you can tell a friend that you feel homesick and the two of you can do something fun. Plus, he or she might have some ideas to help you feel better. If you're still feeling homesick no matter how hard you try to fight it, you should really talk with your mom and dad about the problem. Tell them if you're so upset you can't sleep, eat, or do your usual stuff. You can learn to feel less homesick. I really hope you do. Why? So you don't miss out on all those adventures waiting for you!

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GirLovesPiggy posted in Style:
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
@rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
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rainbowpoptart
My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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-Oracle- posted in Friends:
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