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Moving in the Right Direction: Helping Children Cope with a Relocation

by Tricia Kruse
September/October 2012
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Webster's New World College Dictionary (4th edition) defines the word move as: 1) To change the place or position of; push, carry, or pull from one place or position to another; and 2) To set or keep in motion. Whether Old Mr. ­Webster moved a lot as a child is hard to know, but his definition of moving hits the mark for many families. For those families that move frequently, it can certainly feel like they are pushing, pulling, and carrying their children from home to home in a constant state of motion.

According to national figures, 37.1 ­million people moved in 2009 (U.S. ­Census Bureau, 2010). In fact, the average American will move 11.7 times in their lifetime (Hansen, n.d.). Based on the 2010 population estimate of 308,745,538 Americans, that's a lot of U-hauls® moving along the highway every day. And somewhere among the boxes there is sure to be a child strapped into a car seat wanting to get out!

Why are Americans moving so much? There are a variety of reasons including:
• need for more affordable housing
• military transfers
• migrant work
• sales, corporate, or government job transfers
• college graduations and job searches
• change in marital status, like ...

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