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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 →
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 →
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 →
TCK Siblings: I Guess I’m Stuck With You

TCK Siblings: I Guess I’m Stuck With You

One of the upsides of living abroad is our children often have close relationships. Third Culture Kid Rachel Aguiar wrote a great story about how much she values her siblings. By Rachel Aguiar, in Denizen for Third Culture Kids Who used up the batteries in the Game Boy? My two younger brothers and I were […]

By March 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Interview: TCK Author Heidi Sand-Hart

Interview: TCK Author Heidi Sand-Hart

Heidi Sand-Hart was a missionary kid who spent the majority of her childhood moving from one exotic location to another. Like all TCKs she struggled to find a sense of belonging and a place to call home. The most tangible results of her struggles is the book Home Keeps Moving, which serves as an homage […]

By November 16, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Raising a mentally healthy child

Raising a mentally healthy child

From Everyday Health: A new Internet poll of 2,000 parents finds that there are some key things you can do to raise a mentally healthy child: First, shower them with love. “Love and affection are the best predictors of good outcomes,” said Robert Epstein, a parenting expert who conducted the poll and wrote about it […]

By November 11, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Author Interview: A Portable Identity

Author Interview: A Portable Identity

Debra R. Bryson and Charise M. Hoge met in Bangkok, Thailand while working at a program to help expats adjust to life abroad. Both accompanying spouses with counseling backgrounds, they were interested in understanding what made some expat spouses acclimate and thrive while others remained unhappy and unsettled. They developed and led workshops focusing on […]

By September 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Book Review: Third Culture Kids, Growing up Among Worlds

Book Review: Third Culture Kids, Growing up Among Worlds

Third Culture Kids, Growing up Among Worlds by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken is a book that is hard to ignore if you are a member of the global nomad community. Ask any Third Culture Kid (TCK) who has read it and they’ll tell you it was “life changing” to learn that […]

By September 23, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
6 Ways Your Teen Is Playing You

6 Ways Your Teen Is Playing You

Lisa Zamosky wrote an interesting article for WebMD about how teenagers manipulate parents and how parents can regain control of the situation. Because the WebMD website is often offline, I posted the entire article below. If there’s one thing you can say for teenagers, it’s that they know how to push their parents’ buttons. Instinctively, […]

By September 20, 2010 0 Comments Read More →