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Moving Away - becoming long-distance friends

Uploaded: Jul 21, 2015

One of our son's best friends is moving away. This isn't the first time a friend's moved, but it is the first time that it has clearly affected our son.

It's never easy to say good-bye to a friend. And, as a parent, I'm still figuring out how to help my kid cope.

Recently we've focused on looking for positives. A big one is that technology makes it easier than ever to stay in touch. We talk about all of the friends and family we have around the world and how his friendship could change into a long-distance one. I can show him photos that his friend's parents post on social media. And we can send emails, video chat, or just mail drawings and letters to his friend.

Recently I've also tried to keep our son busy with many outings and playdates - some with his friend who is moving away and some with his other friends who are sticking around. I hope these outings help remind him that he has many wonderful friends to lean on. Sometimes being surrounded by people who care about you can make a world of difference.

How do you help your kids cope when a good friend moves away?