my family is moving to belize

dear heather,

I really need your help. My mom and step dad are talking about moving out of the country, to Belize. I have been given a choice whether I want to stay here with my aunt or go with them. I am confused and don’t know what I want. I want to be with my mom but I don’t want to move to a third world country.

Moving is always pretty traumatic. It can be hard to leave behind friends and family and all the familiar places in your life. However, moving can also be a very exciting experience. Learning new customs, seeing new places, meeting new people, and in this case, speaking a new language, can all make you a more well-rounded person.So now you have to decide whether to stay or to go. It’s great that you get to make the choice whether to go to Belize or not. But I guess that making such a big choice is also its own responsiblity.

Are you parents moving to Belize for good or just for a brief while? Are they moving there for a job or a change of pace? Will you be able to visit your family and friends? Have you ever been to Belize? Do you know anyone there?

My first idea is that maybe you can just go there for a month without making the commitment to moving there. That way you could just check out Belize and see what it is like. Have you done much research on Belize? If not check out Yahoo’s information about Belize. According to Yahoo, Belize has “some of the best diving in the world and dramatic Mayan ruins looming out of untouched jungle.” This sounds kind of cool, I think.

Another idea might be to stay with your aunt, but spend some long vacations with your parents in Belize, to see what it’s like there. Maybe once you are apart from your mom and stepdad, you will miss them enough to want to move to Belize to be together. Or, after living with your aunt and visiting your parents in Belize, you might decide to stay with your aunt after all.

As for the concept of Belize being a “third world country”–it is true your life will change a lot if you decide to move. Maybe you will have fewer luxuries, like shopping malls or concerts to see. But, on the other hand, you will have lots of great new things that you couldn’t experience here, like rainforests and wild animals and foods you may never have tasted before.

There are lots of good reasons to go and lots of good reasons to stay. Either way, remember that you have options. You are lucky in that respect, because many parents would tell their kids they have to move, whether they like it or not.

take care,
heather


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