|My potato plants copyright DrieCulturen|
It's a little like raising kids abroad. Most of us do it for the first time in our lives. We have a picture of the end result. We want to raise strong, independent, healthy, multicultural, mature adults. The only thing is you are never quite sure what the end result will be like. Will we be successful?
What could we do to help ourselves when preparing to raise kids abroad?
- Ask a professional and hope they know about third culture kids and can give good advice or that they can refer you to someone who can help you.
- Check the internet on information about third culture kids and about moving internationally with kids. There's a recent article in the Telegraph by Helen Maffini: Top tips for emigrating with children. Another helpful article is Top 10 ways to cope with any transition by Julia Simens. Libby Stephens has a list of third culture kid resources that are worth checking. Here's my list of websites and blogs that are worth having a look st.
- Read some good books on the topic.
- Keep the image of your end result in mind. Don't let go of that dream.
Here's my harvest. Just to let you know: we did eat potatoes and it felt so good! I want to cherish moments like this. It makes life exciting. It was worth starting on this new adventure. Do you have advice for parents preparing to raise kids abroad?
- Third culture kids where are your roots? It's about a potato Ochoa searching for his roots.
- Meet Sammy the snail, a third culture kid
- Language links for parents raising multilingual children