While similar to this question, I would like to know how to help ease my 6 year old into a move out of state. We are going to be moving in the next couple of months, about 500 miles away.
We brought her with us to look at some houses the first time around. She was a trooper (6 houses and about 3 hours) and loved the ones that had "stuff" still in the bedrooms, claiming her room in each house :)
We all paid a visit to the school she would be attending as well. She did very well there also. Had a great time with the soon-to-be first grade teacher and interacted well with other students.
I'm mostly concerned with her leaving her friends here before we go. Her birthday falls about 3 weeks before we plan to move. That will basically be her going away party as well. The next door neighboor who has a little girl that is one year older that we're going to be leaving as well.
The area we are looking to move to is also pretty secluded (mountain town, lots of hills and trees). Our closest neighbor will be within walking distance, but not in plain sight.
Is there anything we can do to help ease the process? What steps can I take to help her make new friends once we move?