To all you Expatriate Dads across the Globe, This Sunday is Fathers’ Day here in Australia. I know for many of you around the world, that day has been and gone for this year but any day is a good day to stop and reflect on the important role you Dads play in your family … Continue reading An Open Letter to Expatriate Dads…but Mums can read this too
The Olympic Games: Which Country or Countries Will You Be Cheering For?
It is just 2 more sleeps until the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Whilst many of us in the world are pulling out our favourite national sporting paraphernalia ready to cheer on our country’s athletes, those in the globally mobile world are being confronted by a … Continue reading The Olympic Games: Which Country or Countries Will You Be Cheering For?
An Overseas Assignment: Are You Doing the Right Thing By Your Kids?
Have you ever wondered whether you’re doing the right thing by your children, traipsing them across the globe as part of an international assignment and exposing them to the globally mobile life? You are not alone! Back in 2016, I joined over 600 other delegates as we immersed ourselves in the Moving With Kids Online … Continue reading An Overseas Assignment: Are You Doing the Right Thing By Your Kids?
How Has Living Abroad Changed You?
Last week I was asked this question: How has living abroad changed you? As with many questions asked of globally mobile people (Where are you from? Are you settled yet? Where is home? etc), I had to pause before answering. Did this person want the short answer or the long answer? The truth is, … Continue reading How Has Living Abroad Changed You?
7 Steps Towards Being a Successful Stayer
In any globally mobile community there are three types of people – The Leaver, The Arriver and The Stayer. I have been all of these people. The Leaver is the one you see at this time of year running around like a crazy person, trying to finalise the removalists and the pet’s quarantine requirements all … Continue reading 7 Steps Towards Being a Successful Stayer
The Moving With Kids Summit: A Worthwhile Investment of Your Time
2 weeks, 15 experts and everything you need to know about parenting on an international scale As a Mum of two teenage boys, I know that parenting can be tricky at the best of times, but throw in to the mix an international move or two and things can go from tricky to complex in … Continue reading The Moving With Kids Summit: A Worthwhile Investment of Your Time
How Do You Maintain Relationships with Your Loved-Ones Whilst Living Abroad?
This weekend, Australia, like many countries around the world, celebrates her Mums. For weeks, streets have been adorned with banners, shop windows filled with gift suggestions and the TV has been littered with advertising. You’d have to live under a rock to miss the fact that Mothers’ Day was on the way! Amidst the whirlwind … Continue reading How Do You Maintain Relationships with Your Loved-Ones Whilst Living Abroad?
Repatriating or Relocating? Your Steps to Leaving Well so you can Enter Well
Following my last post about the Importance of Goodbyes, I have received considerable feedback from readers regarding how to go about saying Goodbye. Here is a repost of my blog outlining how to leave well so you can enter your next destination well.
It’s that time of year again – the Moving Season. It is the time of year when globally mobile families around the world pack up their homes, their memories and their emotions and move to a new destination. For some it will mean returning to their “home” country whilst for others, their life will continue in a new “host” country.
Moving is regarded as equally as stressful as death and divorce and repatriation is known to be the most difficult of all international transitions.
Leaving is a process, not an event and it begins the minute you learn that you are on the move. You have already begun the subconscious loosening of emotional ties – to people, places and possessions. I know this because I have done the journey. In this blog, I share a little about the steps our family followed to ensure that we left our host country…
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The Importance of Goodbye
Do you feel like this year is flying by? Depending on which hemisphere you reside, schools are returning from their Spring Break or gearing up for their Autumn Break. Students are either preparing for the final run into the end of the academic year followed by a long Summer vacation or for mid-year assessments … Continue reading The Importance of Goodbye
European Enlightenment: Lesson 1 – Empathy
This blog post has taken shape in the Paediatric Ward of our local hospital. To my right, through the salt splashed window panes, the powerful Pacific Ocean waves crash heavily upon the sand (I do find it intriguing that hospitals and cemeteries so often have the best views!). To my left, amidst the rhythmical beeps and … Continue reading European Enlightenment: Lesson 1 – Empathy