I want to add that as a military family, we have opportunities to hear our children or friend's children "hate" the place they are living all the time. I'm currently living out of country. All of us adults are mindful of the fact that we are guests in this country and we don't want to offend our hosts. Not everyone heeds it as nicely but the thought is explicitly told to us. That doesn't mean people don't privately grumble for whatever reason. Kids, on the other hand, they tell it like it is. Some love it here. Many, just want to be back in the USA where the rest of their families live or their old friends. Most make new friends and thrive but even if they do that, they still become homesick and want to be well... home. I hear it all the time. I'm sitting here wondering if they'll ever know just how lucky they were to be able to travel the world at times because that's how I feel, but that doesn't make their feelings any less valid or any less wrong or right. Their feelings are what they are. Telling them to believe otherwise doesn't help things at all. We can help them see the positives where they are, but they aren't listening to us if we aren't listening first to them.