Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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Will you be moving back and forth between two houses, so that each time you return to the place you where before? If so, he could continue those friendships when he returns each time, and, as he gets older, stay in touch with his friends when he is on the other side of the world.
We used to live in Tucson, and then lived in Canada for 18 months, and then returned to live in Tucson. We only visited Tucson once while we were gone. My older DD was 3 1/2 when we left and had just turned 5 when we got back. She remembered her friends and was anxious to see them and play with them again. I'm sure if we were heading back up to Canada in 6 months she would be thrilled to see her same friends again back there.
The down side is that sometimes other peoples lives change while you are gone and it may be harder to maintain a friendship with them because they've decided to send their kids to school or whatever. With moving frequently, you have to put more effort into your child's social life than you would if you stayed in one place. And there are times that my kids feel left out of things. Birthday parties are a bit of an issue, as they want to invite children that live thousands of miles away.
On the other hand, I think that all the travel we've done (my DH is British and we go back and forth) and the places we've lived have had a wonderful effect on my kids' world views. Both my kids have an understanding of the desert, know a little French, know that it is safe to walk on a frozen river as long as there are ice fishing shacks, etc. Their world is just so big.