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

Mobility Impacts Learning: The Bad News and the Good News

It’s a fact: Mobility impacts learning. Teachers in International Schools know it. Psychologists such as Douglas Ota and Lois Bushong know it. Researchers including Professor John Hattie and now Australia’s NSW Department of Education know it too. On the surface, the news looks bad for students who move schools out-of-synch with normal transitions (such as … Continue reading Mobility Impacts Learning: The Bad News and the Good News

3 Tips for Supporting Your TCK in a New School Environment

Stop! Listen. Do you hear that sound? With the exception of the Cicadas singing their Summertime chorus in the trees outside my window, I can hear it…Silence. For the first time in 8 weeks, Silence reigns in my house and my office because the Summer holidays are over and today marks the beginning of the … Continue reading 3 Tips for Supporting Your TCK in a New School Environment

The Most Powerful Stakeholder in a Globally Mobile Child’s Education

Last week, I had the privilege of working with, what we in the Education World consider to be, the three key stakeholders in a child’s education. I have presented to, collaborated with and advised staff, parents and students who live and work amongst our domestically and globally mobile population. As I listened to life stories … Continue reading The Most Powerful Stakeholder in a Globally Mobile Child’s Education

Repatriating or Relocating? Your Steps to Leaving Well so you can Enter 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 … Continue reading Repatriating or Relocating? Your Steps to Leaving Well so you can Enter Well

The Question on Every Globally Mobile Mum’s Mind

  I have recently returned from Singapore - a country that takes 5th place, behind Qatar, UAE, Kuwait and Jordan, in the competition for the highest share of Expatriates in the total population. Whilst there, I talked to Globally Mobile Parents but I also did a lot of listening. The topic of conversation and concern … Continue reading The Question on Every Globally Mobile Mum’s Mind

What The Rugby World Cup Does to Third Culture Kids

Overnight, The New Zealand All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup. There, I've said it and, as an Australian, it is a bitter pill to swallow. The Australian Wallabies fought to the end, as Aussies often do, but perhaps more importantly restored their countrymen's faith in Australian Rugby. For Third Culture Kids (TCK) however, the Rugby … Continue reading What The Rugby World Cup Does to Third Culture Kids

The Legacy of a Globally Mobile Childhood

We are in the midst of the Winter School Holidays here in the Southern Hemisphere and our family has just returned from a visit to our nation’s capital – Canberra, Australia. At every turn, I was reminded of the legacy of a globally mobile childhood. For my husband and I, the visit provided a re-acquaintance … Continue reading The Legacy of a Globally Mobile Childhood

Welcome

Welcome to GLOBALLY GROUNDED, a company and website dedicated to equipping students crossing cultures, their families and those who educate them as they navigate the triumphs and trials associated with cross-cultural  domestic and/or international transitions. Have you moved from one country to another, one state to another, one city to another or from one subculture … Continue reading Welcome