This is a very useful thread - thank you. I am moving to the UAE this summer with my 10 year old daughter and although I think it will be really good for her, it is interesting to see how other children have coped. I have been reading the Third Culture Kids book and am enjoying it. I feel like I need to be prepared for the negatives as well as the positives! The hardest thing for her is going to be leaving her dad behind, but we have bought him a webcam and intend to send her home during the end of term holidays at least. To help her prepare, we visited the school and took some cards with her email address on. Some of the girls have been emailing her and hopefully this will help her to feel 'at home' when we arrive. We have also been looking into transferring her Guides membership and other activities that she might want to do.