Parenting Teenagers Abroad – Two Extra Challenges You’d Happily Do Without

Alison is bewildered. Josh, her 15 year-old son, has changed dramatically. While he used to be such a social kid, always a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eyes, he now spends hours alone … [Read more...]

3 Things Your Teenager Can’t Tell You When Moving Abroad

It’s no secret: handling a teenager as a parent is tricky. To say the least. But moving abroad adds another layer of complexity. Understanding what’s going on in your teenager’s head helps you … [Read more...]

Expats and Olympic Games – Who Are You Rooting For?

The Olympic Games are in full swing.   More than 11,000 athletes coming from 206 countries are competing during 17 days across 306 events featuring 28 sports. Whether it is for soccer, cycling, … [Read more...]

Divorce Abroad – 3 Essential Things You Need To Know For Your Kids

Stella is anxious. Her mum, Janet, is not the same any more. Since last week, she has lost her smile. Her eyes are red and swollen, her face is bleak. She often withdraws in her room. What’s … [Read more...]

Losing A Home – The Impact On Your Third Culture Kid (And How To Handle It)

Ben was 8 years old when he left the country where he’d spent all his childhood.   ‘Daddy’s got a promotion overseas and says he can’t refuse it’, explained Ben to his teacher when he got the … [Read more...]

School Bullying – 5 Points For Expat Parents To Consider (Before It Spirals Out Of Control)

“Ching-Chong” shouts Werner at Cheng. And he laughs. On the playground, a few students raise their head and sneer.  Cheng slouches. It’s not the first time it happens. In this new school, … [Read more...]

4 Myths Your Child Believes About Going Back ‘Home’ for University (And Why You Should Know About Them)

This article is the result of an interview with Tina Quick whose experience and knowledge of the TCK’s transition to college have been invaluable. Tina is the author of The Global Nomad’s Guide to … [Read more...]

Empty Nest Syndrome –  3 Essential Tasks For The Expat Mum

Lauren is shaken. To the core.   A big part of what she has lived for over the last 10 years -- the years she’s been a full time stay at home mum -- is slipping away. Her daughter Maddy left … [Read more...]

Empty Nest Syndrome – Questions That Keep An Expat Mum Awake At Night

  Maddy knew it since grade 8: when it comes to university, she’ll go ‘back home’.  And ‘home’ is where she comes from, where her parents were born, where her extended family is, where … [Read more...]

2014 – A Year in Expatland

End of last year, I took you on a journey: the story of an expat family through a compilation of all the articles published on the blog. The suspense was at its peak: we left this family in … [Read more...]