When my husband and I moved from the Midwest to the South, tops on my list of worries -- before finding a house and making my way in a new city -- was helping my young daughter adjust to her new school and make new friends. Seeing our kiddos fearful about starting a new school or feeling lonely is tough to take. So we asked a few experts for their best tips on how to help kids make friends after a move. Here’s their advice:
Every time I have the privilege of interviewing a military mom or wife, I’m struck by two things: First, their modesty about the immense sacrifice they are making and second, how raw the emotions are when they talk about long deployments and caring for their families while their loved ones are far away.
Reprinted from You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon by arrangement with Amy Einhorn Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc., Copyright © 2011 by Siobhan Fallon.
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