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, all authorized instructors of Dr. Thomas Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.).
The book contains 23 stories, some written by children, who explain what their biggest concern was about moving and how they made the best of it once in their new home. The book combines true stories and colorful illustrations with practical activities to provide ways to proactively identify and address challenges children may be having transitioning to their new life abroad.
The activities foster discussions that help children to express their feelings and find solutions to help them feel more comfortable leaving friends behind and embracing their new home. You can download a few chapters of the book here.
If you’re planning an international move or have just completed one and feel your elementary child could use some help adapting,Slurping Soup and Other Confusions may be the solution for your elementary school child.