Our expert says:
It can often be a dificult situation for young teenagers when they are at a stage of constant comparison with their peers. This of course includes the financial situation / possessions of their family versus their friends.
When he says he does not have a good feeling, ask him to elaborate on this - what does he mean? If he is saying he doesnt feel safe ask him why this is? Also if he says that it is about the area, ask him where he would prefer to live and if it correlates with where his friends live then you may have your answer! Has he ever been subjected to any traumatic incidents in the home before that may explain his fears?
If it becomes apparent that this is about him feeling "less than" in relation to his peers I suggest that you speak with him about you understanding this pressure, but also the realities of your family life and family home. Importantly his real friends will be the ones that care about him and not where he lives. A difficult lesson to learn at 14 is that our self-esteem needs to be internal rather than based on who we are with or what we have externally.
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