advice needed to help children change schools
We are relocating 1 hour away and due to closing times of homes - selling and buying, we need to move before school year is finished. 13 year old, 8 year old and preschooler will change schools the first week of April. I am concerned that my 13 year old son in particular is going to have difficulty. He is dreading the move. We have offered to get together with friends on the weekend from current city and I have contacted his school and arranged a date to tour the school and meet key people. Does anyone have any suggestions to make this transition easier? We have relocated before, once when he was 5 and again at age 10. It was difficult then too but it was in the summer time. His birthday is that week also so I feel like a heal - like I am ruining his 13th birthday for him. We are trying to put a positive spin on this for them, and we are truly excited about our new house, neighborhood and community, but he is sad to leave his friends. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.