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?
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
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
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?
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
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
Lockers emptied. Check. End of Year School Camp survived. Check. Presentation Day endured. Check. Report cards received. Check. All this can mean just one thing – Summer Holidays have arrived! As those in the Northern hemisphere are preparing to bunker down for the Winter ahead, we in the Southern hemisphere have packed away the boots, scarves … Continue reading The Family Vacation
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
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