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Help overcoming bullying

Help overcoming bullying

KISS band member Paul Stanley spent his formative years being pursued by bullies. He was born with a facial deformity that prevented his right ear from forming properly and left him deaf in one ear. Kids terrorized him, calling him “Stanley the one-eared monster” and he spent a lot of time in fear of being […]

By April 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Helping with adolescent anxiety

Helping with adolescent anxiety

Our children are faced with more stress and societal pressure than ever before. Girls are bombarded with images of half dressed woman with air brushed bodies in magazines and on billboards. In some countries girls are expected to behave in a certain way. In France for example, girls are expected to forgo the sport of […]

By April 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Book Review: Slurping Soup

Book Review: Slurping Soup

Moving is traumatic for children, moving abroad can be devastating. Slurping Soup and Other Confusions is designed to help children look on the positive side of a move and process feelings through hands on activities. The resource was created by expat mothers Maryam Afnan Ahmad, Cherie Emigh,Ulrike Gemmer, Bárbara Menezes, Kathryn Tonges and Lucinda Willshire, […]

By March 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Parenting norms around the world

Parenting norms around the world

When I first arrived in France I was struck by how little attention parents paid to their children hanging upside down from monkey bars and tree branches. I was alarmed to see these 4 year old kids shrieking with delight high above the ground, as their mothers smoked and gossiped on nearby benches. I am […]

By March 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
10 global parenting lessons

10 global parenting lessons

Christine Gross-Loh, a global mom and author of Parenting Without Borders, shows us how to incorporate the best of all cultures when raising our kids. Here’s a story she wrote about what she learned from interviewing parents from around the world. Take Risks Research from Norway shows that taking certain risks, like climbing trees, is […]

By March 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Expats give up US citizenship

Expats give up US citizenship

Americans are renouncing their citizenship at record rates. As an American, I have struggled with the idea of whether to apply for citizenship for my children, who are now Swedish citizens. I see the benefits and the drawbacks, the biggest negative being the tax laws they will be tied to as US citizens no matter […]

By March 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
France, Uruguay & Malaysia top health care list

France, Uruguay & Malaysia top health care list

InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index reports that France, Uruguay and Malaysia provide the best and most affordable health care in the world. The Health Care category in the Index considers the cost of care and the quality. Also considered are the number of people per doctor, the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people, the percentage of […]

By March 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
27 Struggles every international student at a US university has

27 Struggles every international student at a US university has

BuzzFeed has a funny but accurate account of things every international student enrolled in a US university goes through at one point or another. While some may seem insignificant, over time they can become overwhelming to the student away from all that is familiar. 1. Always being at least a little bit jet lagged for […]

By March 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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Handwriting tips for tots

In France they are extremely strict about handwriting. Children begin learning cursive in kindergarten and are expected to write beautifully. My daughter had some dexterity issues and still struggles to meet the high handwriting standards required by her teachers. Below is a story I found on Specialism, a website dedicated to parents of special needs […]

By December 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Canada tops list of expat favorites for raising kids

Canada tops list of expat favorites for raising kids

As parents we all have one thing in common: we worry about our kids. As expats we have the added concern that a move may be too stressful or a country’s culture or language too difficult for our kids to manage. And while sometimes children do have trouble adjusting, most of the time they do […]

By November 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →