My oldest is six as of a couple of weeks ago. She's always been a little sensitive but a happy girl who made a lot of friends. Her favorite person was my mother in law, who she calls Mimi. She slept over there a lot since she was two.
We moved out of state about 2 months ago and things have changed. She has gotten very quiet at times and serious. We're still in driving distance of our old home (3 hours) so we go back to visit and Mimi offers to keep her for a weekend and she says no. She used to spend half the week there sometimes. My boys 2 and 4 do stay at Mimi's some weekends and not having the same issues. She doesn't like me to leave the room too much even. I know she's been wanting to make friends, and where we live now, I teach a dance class so she's sort of friends with the girls in class so that's been helping. She's going to kindergarten in a few weeks at her request.
She used to eat up attention from people...and where we moved, people who work at businesses fall all over her trying to talk to her but she stares at the ground and becomes really quiet. We have tried asking her if there is something bothering her. If she likes our new place. If she's scared. She says no or she doesn't know if something is bothering her and yes she likes our new place and then she'll become angry if we ask too much and yell, "I DON'T KNOW, OKAY?"
This is only a portion of the time. The rest of the time she's fine, laughing, happy, playing with me...the other part of the time it's like a major personality change. I don't like her looking so depressed.
I just wondered if this is a phase, since this is my first six year old. Has anyone's child gone through this after a move? Anything I can do to figure this out or should I just let her be.