10 More Signs That You May Be A Third Culture Parent

People living in another country are not simply called expatriates. Depending on their age, familial status, or occupational situation, they're called expat assignee, trailing spouse, TCK -Third … [Read more...]

Long Distance Relationship With Grandchildren – 12 Tips For Staying Close

Your parents expected this moment with impatience: the first grandchild. Then came the second and the third. Your parents were so proud. They're in their sixties, fit, curious, dynamic and … [Read more...]

10 Signs That You May Be A Third Culture Parent

Our children have a name: they’re called Third Culture Kids or Global Nomads. Their parents - we (!) - don’t! At least, not that I know of. Why bother? You’ll ask.   Barbara … [Read more...]

6 Things Your Third Culture Kid Does Not Want To Hear

Maybe it’s when you announced it: “Sweetheart, we have great news, we’re going to move to another country” or when you arrived in this new place, or even later on - weeks, months, years (yes!) … [Read more...]

Expatriate Connection – A Unique Reflection On 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, let me take you on a journey: the story of an expat family through all the articles published on the blog this year.  All characters appearing in this work are not … [Read more...]

The #LOL Guide For Parents With Teenagers Moving Country

Changing country is an exciting adventure. But sometimes, not all family members are on the same page. Here are a few humorous tips to help you handle your #OMG teenagers when you tell them about … [Read more...]

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...]

5 Tips To Help You Come To Terms With Your Host Country

In the previous article, I explained how I formed my psychological contract with my former host country and how it affected me. All the personal messages I got showed that it resonated with … [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...]