The Washington Post

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Parents, schools can help ease children’s anxieties about moving to a new school: Moving to a new school can be traumatic for children of any age, but there are things parents can do to help. “Talk about it,” said Donna Henderson, a professor of counseling at Wake Forest University. “Talk about both sides of it.”A move means trading the known for the unknown, and with that can come grieving for the friends, school and neighborhood left behind, she said. “There are going to be some parts of it that are really scary and that you can’t figure out immediately, and that’s OK. You’re going to figure it out eventually,” said Henderson, a self-described “Army brat” who moved frequently growing up.

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