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Families in the United States are pulling up roots and moving with increasing frequency as they follow the promise or possibility of greater opportunity. The last U.S. census reveals that 20 percent of families with school-aged children relocate annually. Moving can be particularly difficult for children who are leaving friends and familiar places behind. However, parents can do a great deal to help smooth the transition to a new home and school, according to Jonathan A. Plucker, assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Maine.


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