7 Helpful Hints for Raising Kids Overseas

This week I’ve written a post for Expatriate Specialist, sharing 7 Helpful Hints for Raising Kids Overseas:

“Don’t you wish there was a step-by-step guide to successfully raising a family abroad? Or anywhere, for that matter! Unfortunately, no one has all the answers. What I can offer, however, is years of experience listening to young people who were raised overseas. I’ve learned a lot about what their parents did to help (or hinder) them along the way. These 7 helpful hints for raising kids overseas will point you in the right direction, whether you’re thinking about a move, starting out, or years down the track.”

One of the things that motivated me to write Misunderstood was wanting to support parents who worry about whether they’re doing the right thing for their kids, and how it will all work out long term. Yes, raising kids overseas complicates things, and every kid is unique. That said, there are things any family can do to help smooth the way through some of the harder aspects of international life, and set kids up with tools for future growth.

In this piece I give short summaries of several key pieces of advice I regularly offer to parents. I talk about the comfort of familiarity, emotional health, building connections, and recognising the difference between the experiences of children and adults. Please take a look, and let me know what you think!

Read the full post on Expatriate Specialist

2 thoughts on “7 Helpful Hints for Raising Kids Overseas

  1. Totally agree with these hints, Tanya. Practicing them certainly ‘reaps fruits’ in the long run. Regarding routines, and making a home; when my TCKs were younger, I used to make sure I took them to have their local treat whenever we were about to go away for a significant period of time. There is something about food that bonds and connects us humans to what we perceive as ‘home’.

    Something that has also helped my TCKS is their familiarity with the term TCKS. They have been exposed to the term from a young age in way which they could understand. As they progress into the teen years where they are exploring their identity; having the term has become very personal to them. We can have conversations about their experiences as a family. They are able to talk with their TCK peers about it. They have heard me talk about this concept with our family back and friends from their passport country.

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