Once upon a time at a book group on Borneo, a wise mum told me that raising globally minded kids is important, because they are the leaders of tomorrow. They hold the power to change mindsets for the future and make the world more tolerant and inclusive of diversity in all its forms. With that … More 5 Ways to Bring the World Home and Raise Global Kids
When I moved to Muscat from a sleepy little town on Borneo three years ago, the roads here terrified me. Granted, some drivers in the sleepy town on Borneo had a tendency to ignore red lights, but at least they did so at 60 km/h and not 120. Muscat roads seemed fast and furious by … More The unwritten rules of Muscat Expressway
Three years ago, our family was getting ready to move. With postings to Syria and Borneo, my husband and I spent several years regularly boarding planes with our three young kids, exploring our host countries and surrounding areas at every opportunity- and loved it. However, regular plane trips from infancy influenced our now primary school-aged children. … More Camping Over Planes
When I first started my path as an expat partner, we had a slow dial-up internet connection. Annoyingly, websites I needed were often blocked. Actually, looking back, I seem to have had a longstanding relationship with The Ridiculously Slow Internet, everywhere I’ve lived. Now that I have finally welcomed Broadband into my home, I know … More The expat partner resources I wish I had 10 years ago
Five years ago, I lived on Borneo, with three kids under 6. I was The Parent of my household. I can’t really say how it happened – I certainly never intended to be The Parent. If you were to ask The Wage-earning Partner in my marriage, I suspect you may hear a distant cough sounding like … More Are you a writer? Do you aspire to be a writer? Follow me, walk through that open door.
The last few weeks before summer holiday are a manic flurry of activity. In a high mobility expat community such as the one I live in, end of year celebrations at school are joined by leaving parties for friends moving on and distraught children (and adults) saying farewell to important people in their lives. Combine … More You don’t have to do it all. Not today, anyway
Years ago, when I had just moved to Damascus, I read Bridgid Keenan’s Diplomatic Baggage, looking to bring some humor into organizing my life around water cuts, power cuts, petrol queues and empty ATMs. I knew that Ms. Keenan had lived in Damascus, and grown to love it. Her chapter was exactly what I was looking for, … More 5 reasons why I love my English class
Education and the expat path Educational needs for kids is an important aspect of decision making for expats on the move. Different school systems, international school, local school, boarding school… Indeed, with my oldest fast approaching middle school, I know I may have some difficult choices to make a year from now, when it’s our turn … More Would you consider expat home schooling?
The other day, the oldest one had a classmate over to the house. The friend’s mum and I shared a cup of tea in the garden. We don’t know each other well, so we talked about ‘safe’ topics, like, what are your plans for the summer holiday? And then it turned interesting. She wanted to … More When diversity is the only reality you know