Are your parent’s selling your childhood home?
Do you think about the house of your childhood you can no longer visit?
Are you sad and depressed, that you have been forced by your parent’s recent move to leave the “old neighborhood”?”
You may be suffering Baby House Syndrome. This is when your loved ones sell the house you identified as your childhood home.
This syndrome can hit you at any time, between the age’s of 9 to your late 70’s. It is a big change in your “home” identity and where you believe your childhood memories are stored.
- Extreme sadness after hearing your parents are moving
- Anger towards the changes your parents are making in their lives
- The real estate listing or sign brings you to tears
- You no longer feel you have a “real home”
- The guest room in your parent’s new home seems to have no traces of you
- Candidates – 10 to 80 years of age.
Strategies to help you process through this time
- Accept that the change is going to be difficult for you
- Have parents or family members take photos of all rooms before the move-out and pack out actually begins.
- Hold a “farewell to the house” party for family members and close friends (with your parent’s permission of course)
- Write a letter to the new owners telling them how much you hope they will enjoy the home
- Take photos of special memories spots – the measurement chart on the inside of the closet door, the swing set in the yard, the tree you planted as a child
Regardless of your age, Baby House Syndrome can cause you to feel a great loss. Using the strategies mentioned above can help you, or your loved ones deal with the transitional process.