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?
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
I was in Europe at this time last month, attending the Families in Global Transition Conference in Amsterdam and visiting International Schools in The Hague and London. Over the next few blog posts I will share some of the enlightenment I have gained from this worthwhile time including lessons learned about empathy, the importance of … Continue reading European Enlightenment
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