Moving Abroad? 7 Things Your Child Needs To Hear You Say

Admit it… You feel guilty. For the third time in 4 years, you have to move. For you, it might just be OK. But for your kids? They’re 6, 12 and 15 years old. The younger starts grade one, the … [Read more...]

Orphan Spouse: How to Best Cope With Ambiguous Loss?

You’re an orphan spouse when you’re in a relationship but don’t live permanently with your partner under the same roof. Short term assignments, necessity or willingness to pursue dual careers, fly in … [Read more...]

How A Simple Belief Can Destroy Your Expatriate Life… or Help You Thrive

“This language is too difficult. I’m too old. I can’t learn it anymore. I tried for 6 months already and I hardly see any progress. I’m not gifted in languages anyway. I studied French in high … [Read more...]

Expatriates: the Invisible Force Ruling Your Marriage (and All Your Relationships)

You may not have thought about it this way, but you make "psychological contracts" in your head all the time. I bet you even know what I mean by psychological contract before I explain it … [Read more...]

How To Prepare Young Children For Dramatic Change Without Stressing Them Out

There are moments in the expat life where you’d like to talk to your children but you can’t. Maybe the move still needs to remain confidential. And your children are too young to keep a … [Read more...]

Culture Shock and Your Expat Child: What to Do?

Have you ever wondered what’s happening in your children’s head when relocating abroad? In this article "Culture Shock: What Your Children Can't Tell You", you already found some … [Read more...]

Bilingualism: 3 questions to expert François Grosjean

François Grosjean is Emeritus Professor of psycholinguistics at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He is bilingual himself (French and English) with more than 30 years of experience in … [Read more...]

The Two Most Important Questions Every Expat Must Face

An Interview with Nicolas Vadot Are you wondering who Nicolas Vadot is and how his experience might relate to yours as an expatriate? Bear with me for a second. Nicolas Vadot is a bilingual … [Read more...]

5 Highly Effective Tips for Raising Resilient Children Overseas

No need to emphasize the importance of coping with setbacks when moving abroad. Having followed this whole series on resilience, you’ve assessed your resilience score. You’re well aware of the … [Read more...]

Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Children First

Are you shocked? Let me explain what I mean in this fourth article of our series on resilience. All parents want the best for their children. Children should lack nothing:  the latest game … [Read more...]