Today is last day of school !
My son had pain and tears this morning, he said he will never see his friends again as we are moving to another country this summer. He showed me the school yearbook and I saw many kind words from friends like “thank you for being nice to me” and I know it was sincere.
Yesterday when I came back home, the kids in the street had written on the driveway with colored chalk: NICK Your Are Great, We Will Miss You ! that brings tears to my eyes too.
So what should have said to my crying son this morning ?
At first I said he is going to have even more friends next year, but why should he believe me ? He already went to 4 different schools in 3 different countries and even worse he had pain NOW so why should he cares about the future ?
Then, I just hug him very strongly and told him that I understood his pain and that we are going to invite his best friends home today or tomorrow and have fun with water guns.
I am sure more tears will come but I think we should let our kids cry , it is a healthy emotional reaction and that is part of the transition process, especially for expats.
- It’s okay to cry… (roelienzwart.wordpress.com)