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The children have been told

It went down pretty much as expected. Eldest raised her eyebrows and pouted, stating that she didn't want to go because she'd miss all her friends (although her face lit up when I showed her some photos and told her it actually snows there in Winter and reminded her of the Lindt shop!) Youngest was like water off a duck's back! Don't think he really understands the concept.

They asked a few questions initially but for the rest of the day didn't seem to want to talk about it, just acting normally. I was thinking let it sink in for a few days then if they still haven't mentioned it then bring it up?
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How old is your eldest? If she's late primary then you can really plug the Swallows and Amazons aspects of life in Switzerland: children going to and from school alone, swimming in the lake with friends, running around the forest and building houses out of sticks, making actual stuff with actual tools in craft lessons at school... not to mention the chocolate fountains at the Laederach factory up the road! Switzerland is kids' paradise compared to most places in the United Kingdom.





For a teen it might be a bit harder to promote as friends are paramount and location can go hang. Nevertheless, the freedom and independence that young people enjoy in Switzerland have got to be selling points. It might not be the party capital of Europe, but miles and miles of flat cycling routes (in your area, at least), pavement cafes, fasnacht (the annual carnival) and school ski trips are all potential advantages for an open minded teenager.
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Set your daughter and her friends up with Skype. Our kids Skype their friends in Canada all the time, and they don't really miss them.
We have found that the friends that get left behind have the harder time. Your kids will have so much new stuff to digest, they won't have time to miss their friends, and they will make new ones in a jiffy. We moved here last August, and the kids are now bringing home friends, speaking to them in German, riding their bikes to their houses… and they don't want to return to Canada.
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She's 7 in a few weeks.

Wow, where are those pics??!!! OMG i want to do both of those!!!
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Wow, where are those pics??!!! OMG i want to do both of those!!!
The 'grassy bobsleigh thing' is a Rodelbahn. The 'rope park' is a Seilpark. They've got both attractions at http://www.atzmaennig.ch/index.cfm/en/summer/ which is in the hills just behind Rapperswil. You can find similar attractions all over Switzerland, though.
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Wow, where are those pics??!!! OMG i want to do both of those!!!
Who is the one who is 7 here?

Our two, 11 and 15 know they can get OH to budge from a lazy Sunday if they suggest Atzmännig. Most of these type places have Abos (subscription with better price/visit) as well.

Our suggestion to walk there gets slightly less enthusiasic response, from kids )-:
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Another Rodelbahn is pretty close too, albeit higher up in the mountains: Floomzer, right in the back yard of our dear EFer Grumpy Grapefruit. They also feature a climbing tower. Their Website currently is a bit messy, though, but there are videos on youtube too.
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Re: The children have been told

Back to the original question I think their reactions are pretty much normal for kids of that age. As others have said Skype is a wonderful thing these days for keeping in touch with friends and family back home and once you get here they'll be so caught up in the excitement of it all it may take a while for it to sink in. They may well be fine at first and then hit a rough patch after a couple of months or so when the novelty wears off.

I wouldn't go out if my way to 'formally' talk to them about the move again but just casually drop it into the conversation every now and again so that they feel 'involved'. For example if you surfing the immo sites looking at flats show them what you're doing and show them what sort of a place they'll be living in etc.
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Set your daughter and her friends up with Skype. Our kids Skype their friends in Canada all the time, and they don't really miss them.
We have found that the friends that get left behind have the harder time. Your kids will have so much new stuff to digest, they won't have time to miss their friends, and they will make new ones in a jiffy. We moved here last August, and the kids are now bringing home friends, speaking to them in German, riding their bikes to their houses… and they don't want to return to Canada.
Thanks, yes we have Skype on the PCs and the iPad, it was lovely to speak to them last weekend while we were out in CH <3
Need to get their friends on it though, none of them seem to!

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The 'grassy bobsleigh thing' is a Rodelbahn. The 'rope park' is a Seilpark. They've got both attractions at http://www.atzmaennig.ch/index.cfm/en/summer/ which is in the hills just behind Rapperswil. You can find similar attractions all over Switzerland, though.
Yay, Rapperswil will be just around the corner


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OMG 7, I feel about 2 now after clicking on all these links! *happydance* I can't wait to get on all of that shiz AWESOOOOOMMEEEEEE
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Can hardly contain my excitement now lol hahaha, I wanted to show her these straight away but my husband said to keep them in favourites then if she has a bad day we can show her one link at a time.
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Re: The children have been told

When we moved in Oct 2011, our girls were 8 and 3.

I'm preparation, we took them shopping to choose new bedroom furniture for their rooms, which was shipped with rest of our stuff.

It helped give them a little control of their world and prepare them for the move.

Not really, it was just blatant bribery...
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Our family of 4 (boy aged 14, girl is 11) have been living in CH for 8 months now and everyone settled in quickly and easily. Unquestionably, the thing that both absolutely adore is the freedom here. And, as my husband and I see it, one of our jobs as parents as being to help them develop into independent, courageous and adventuresome members of society. The freedom that our kids have enjoyed has been a benefit for them, and for us as well, as they've learned to respect that independence.

We gave each kid the opportunity to name 2 things that would help them adjust to their new surroundings. Each kid picked Instagram, one kid picked an iphone, the other one picked annual trips back to our previous town. In our case, we were able to deliver on those requests and gave them a feeling that they had some control over their destiny.

It's incredibly easy for kids to stay in touch with old friends from their former locales. Skype, Facetime, Instagram are all good choices (as long as you are comfortable with those technologies and actively inspect what's being posted on a site like Instagram). We have a VOIP landline phone in our home that enables us to call long distance for a fixed rate. We have wi-fi in the home and bought i-phones for the kids so they can Facetime for free (yeah, the iphone was pricey, but we bought older, used models).

If I brought up the topic of moving BACK at this point...I'd have revolt in my household. That's how much they love it here!
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Re: The children have been told

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How old is your eldest? If she's late primary then you can really plug the Swallows and Amazons aspects of life in Switzerland: children going to and from school alone, swimming in the lake with friends, running around the forest and building houses out of sticks, making actual stuff with actual tools in craft lessons at school... not and location can go hang. Nevertheless, the freedom and independence that young people enjoy in Switzerland have got to be selling points. It might not be the party capital of Europe, but miles and miles of flat cycling routes (in your area, at least), pavement cafes, fasnacht (the annual carnival) and school ski trips are all potential advantages for an open minded teenager.

The draw back is ,you won`t be able to sue anybody for mega bucks for e micro sliver BTW I made my own skis when I was 15
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Her face lit up this morning when I told her the children there walk to school by themselves. She'd wanted me to carry her bag (as always!) so I told her why she needed to get used to carrying her own stuff. She couldn't believe it! She said she'd love to do that <3
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