One advantage to moving from a place with many many friends and a big house has been watching my children grow closer. They now share a room with bunk beds rather than each having their own bedroom plus a large playroom. There were definitely some growing pains as each of them wanted to have a space to themselves (we settled on you can’t go on your sibling’s bed without their permission). But now they chat at night as they fall asleep and even wake each other in the morning sometimes to get up and play before Mommy wakes.
They went from each having many of their own friends to often only having each other to play with. Now they are able to find compromises to always playing school like CuriousGirl wants to or always playing football like CosmoBoy wants to. They help each other on MindCraft, play together with bikes and scooters, and when we go out to have fun as a family, they connect well. Here we are at the zoo in a slightly bigger town (we have a “zoo” here, but it’s not as big as this one). They are holding hands as they try to sneak up on a peacock.
It has been gratifying to watch them rediscover each other and find ways to defend each other and support each other in-spite of regular competition for parental attention, or the last cookie.