Originally Posted by reese7
We are moving as well with 4 kids still at home. We have a 15 year old son he started High school this last year and will be in 10th grade. He is the kind of kid who has a few friend rather than many. He went to a really small high school and I;m concerned about that. He makes friends but is quite in school. I know it is hard for him, I would have had a hard time. When kids get this age you just worry period. I have three older than him all on there own. They stayed out of trouble made nice friend but I was there keeping an eye on them. I want to find a church and Like another poster said we are going from North to South. I think in the end he will be okay. My older two in school I'm not too concerned with they are both going into 1st and at that age they make friends easy.
North to South is a BIG transition especially for tweens! But in less than a year, ours managed fine and dandy. Provide the opportunity to keep in touch with the friends they left behind...phone, e-mail, text messaging, IM, etc. On their own, they will disengage, as they cannot be there on a blow-by-blow basis. A year ago my daughter who was 12 when we moved vowed she would never lose touch with her northern friends. Now, if and when she does, she could not even relate to their goings-on. She's had 3 schools in one year, in three states, so now she has a plethora of "interstate" friends she's boasts about. My son who had one best friend BFF up north was the one we were worried about. Being the shy one of the two, we thought he would flip. But the new friends and adventures plus a bigger house and more neighborhood kids than they ever were exposed to up north made up for all that and they both have adjusted quite well.