“No,” said every toddler and teenager (and parent) at some point today. When we say no, we are asserting control to try to obtain a desired outcome in a certain situation. We are making a choice to stop something from happening. In fact, all the responsible and irresponsible choices we make on any given day are,…
I firmly believe that everything in life is far more complicated than it appears. I’m serious. EVERYTHING. I have challenged myself to find something that isn’t complicated once you delve into it and I can’t. This is a theory I developed this perspective after I became an expat parent. It’s not for wimps but it…
Coping skills are critical for resilience. Many TCKs struggle to cope with repatriation or young adulthood and, with proper coping skills, this struggle can be mitigated. Here are 5 ways to start teaching coping skills today.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” TCKs can use shoring up on being resilient because of the amount of change that occurs in their lives. While genetics are a factor in resilience, there are quite a few things you can do to foster…
As I have written before and will surely write again, this mobile and international lifestyle is amazing, but it’s replete with goodbyes, endings, and losses. These occur often enough that I’ve learned I need to explicitly teach my kids how to mourn.
There are only two rules for moving internationally when it comes to your important documents.
What a wonderful place for families! Between the friendly people of Sri Lanka and loads of activities, it provided us with a memorable family adventure. We started at the Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, hiked Sigiriya, and spent some time at an agri-farm.We then trapsed through the Kandy and on a Bentota. The prices were afforable, cheap even….
Just a few days from now the family and I are boarding a plane to visit home. I am excited to see family but am also scared. I have lived in regions rife with sociopolitical challenges but, for me, this is different. I guess it’s personal.
We hiked, cliff jumped, swam, boated, kayaked, visited historical sites, saw turtles, snorkeled, saw the most beautiful night sky we’ve seen in years…Oh man, Oman, we will return.
To minimize academic issues that can occur when moving between schools, consider these 6 useful tips…especially #6.
Leaving is not an action or process, it’s a more of a skill. It’s not an easy skill especially for kids. I try to be mindful that my husband and I chose to live a mobile lifestyle, our kids didn’t. Consequently, I work hard to make leaving go as smoothly as possible, not just logistically but also emotionally.
There is a learning curve to being a parent of a Third Culture Kid (TCK) – Global Nomad (GN) and I’m doing my best to with it. I’m hoping I help my kids know who they are, where they come from, and how to mourn and have closure because, while this lifestyle is amazing, it’s replete with goodbyes, endings, and losses. Here are three of the challenges I’m working through right now.