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Unhappy My brother is leaving home and I dont think I can handle it. - March 5th 2012, 07:37 AM

My brother is leaving tonight and I only found out about this to day. What should I give him before he leaves? A letter? A small present? Pls tell me because my mum, little sister who is 8 years old and I am crying because of this. My brother said he was leaving because of all the stress. What do I do?
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Re: My brother is leaving home and I dont think I can handle it. - March 5th 2012, 07:51 AM

Tell him how much you care about him, and to keep in touch. Not much you can do if he has his mind set in stone.

Face to face is a lot more personal than a letter. ^^
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Re: My brother is leaving home and I dont think I can handle it. - March 5th 2012, 04:01 PM

My sister left home this year. Albeit for school reasons. She's halfway across the country and frankly, I have yet to really miss her. I mean we always got along "well" there were minor squabbles but it was all in good fun. Anyhow, I'll admit I was scared that things were changing at first, but really she phones home every day or sometimes two if she's behind in her studies. She Skypes us here once a week. She's visited once in eight months, and in three more we're driving to see her. On weekends she actually annoys me by calling so often when she's bored!

It doesn't sound like your brother is leaving on good terms, and you didn't supply his age.This more than likely means that he's not well prepared, and to be honest unless he's been planning for a long time he'll likely have to move back soon.

Anyway, to put it simply, tell him how you feel about this. Try to convince him to stay, because burning the bridge with his family isn't wise. Make sure he knows that as a family you could get help to work out your problems, if that's what needs to be done. Failing that, make sure he knows that you support him, but not necessarily his decsions. Make sure he knows that you wish to talk to him, even after he leaves.

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Re: My brother is leaving home and I dont think I can handle it. - March 6th 2012, 02:46 AM

I would write him a letter, or maybe create him something! Just put alot of thought, time, and effort into it and I'm sure no matter what you do it will be great. Most of all, make sure he knows you love him, and you will miss him. Keep in touch with him as much as possible via phone, text, social networks, letters, emails, etc. He's doing what he thinks best for himself (like moving out) - and you should be there to support him.

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Re: My brother is leaving home and I dont think I can handle it. - March 9th 2012, 12:00 AM

Since this thread was created a few days ago, I'm assuming your brother has already moved on. How are you holding up?

If I had seen this thread sooner, I would have said, "The best thing you can give him right now is your time. Just enjoy being with him before he goes." If you have an address, you can always send him letters later on, or make something and ship that to him. =)

I'm sorry you're struggling with this, and I want to encourage you to keep posting here on TeenHelp if you ever need support and/or advice. <3

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