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We recently moved and we have a boy who is 7 and a girl who is 9. My son is doing ok misses his friends but trying to move on. My daugther is having a very hard time the girls here are not so friendly. My daughter is also very much into sports, which she is involved with here but at school the girls are teasing her about being a girl or a boy. Both my children miss their old home and friends. I don't know how to make this easier for them.
Transitions, such as moving, can be tough on everyone, especially young children. The first thing is to keep telling your children to be themselves. Let them know that within some time these new children will recognize their true and wonderful personalities. With regards to your daughter, try to get her involved in sports, both in and out of school. She will soon make friends with children who share her same likes. Try to find other activities, such as Scouts or other groups, that both kids can get involved with outside of school. Let both of them know that they do not need to change who they are to make friends, and that with some time, they will have new friends. While it is perfectly normal to miss their old friends, take some time to help them understand that moving and starting over is just a normal part of life that they will do many times over, such as moving from one school to another, going to college, changing jobs, etc... Keep on ensuring them that they will make new friends who they have things in common with, it just takes time. Good Luck.
Posted On 2007-02-12 10:33:00