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Thursday 01 November 2012 at 12:37 am
(I recently discovered the website http://expatchild.com/ and was so excited to see all of the content Carole has posted to help parents when moving abroad. I invited her to write an article for Nomad Parents so that you could find out more about this valuable resource. Please check out her site if you are looking for more general tips and advice about moving internationally with kids.)
By Carole Hallett Mobbs
Settling in to a new home can take some time. If that new home is in an entirely different country, the transition can be difficult as you try to make your new house into a home, whilst at the same time trying to discover how to negotiate the numerous changes in your lifestyle.
Some planning prior to your relocation will help you and your children adjust to your new life more quickly. There may be several weeks, or even months, before all your belongings arrive and surviving in the interim can be challenging. You need to take certain items with you and the careful selection of these will help you and your children settle more easily.
Friday 13 July 2012 at 04:15 am
In June of 2009 I sent my husband, cat and dog off to the Netherlands two weeks before my planned departure date. I fully expected that my husband would have everything that we needed set-up upon my arrival so that I could jump right into my new life and new friendships as soon as I landed. Boy was I in for a surprise! While I have to admit that all of the systems in the Netherlands work, they definitely don't work at the pace we Americans expect. In the first two weeks my husband had only managed to request a Burger Service Nummer through the Gemeente - the first in a long series of building blocks we needed so that we could get a bank account, cell phones, home internet and everything I thought mandatory for survival. I passed the next two weeks watching hours of Discovery and Animal Planet (I really began to love the meerkats) while our two month old fell into a routine of sleeping and eating - venturing out for long walks whenever she gave me permission. My only access to the internet came from an unprotected wireless network I found on the corner of our street and my husband's office. It took about six weeks before we finally got everything set-up and I had internet access in the comfort of my own home.
Sunday 20 May 2012 at 4:14 pm
By Lisa Vanbuskirk, Expat Mom and Family Blogger
After nearly four years in the Netherlands, we are returning to the United States next month. Friends ask, “Are you looking forward to your return?” As it gets closer, I am getting a bit excited, but, it will be a lifestyle adjustment to return to our house in the USA. Not just because of cultural differences between the USA and NL (to which we have grown accustomed) but we return as a family of 4, having added a 2 year old and 4 month old. I don’t know how to be a parent in my home country as well as I do in the Netherlands.