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
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
While I have been fortunate enough to live in several Muslim countries, it has been a few years since I last experienced the holy month of Ramadan in one. I’ll be honest enough to admit that initially, I was less than enthusiastic at the prospect of Ramadan in Muscat. Combining end of year farewells, busy … More Eid Mubarak
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
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