By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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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?
What is it worth to you?
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