By Betsy Burlingame
Anne P. Copeland, Ph.D. of The Interchange Institute has published a new book, called Global Baby: How You and Your Infant Can Move to a New Country While Smiling, designed to help parents with infants and parents-to-be prepare for international moves and expat life.
Moving overseas is a difficult transition under normal circumstances. Making this transition with a baby or having a baby while living abroad adds a whole new level of complexity to the expat experience. Anne's well-written book offers valuable advice on entertaining your baby on long flights, preparing medical information and records and helping your baby adapt during those first few stressful weeks abroad. She goes even further to discuss cultural differences in parenting styles, raising a bilingual child, finding trustworthy child care and more.
As a psychologist and mother, Anne is uniquely qualified to address this topic. A few years ago, she moved to London to oversee the study abroad program for the university where she was a psychology professor. She and her husband went to London with their two-year-old daughter and had another daughter while living there.
In addition to offering an incredible amount of practical advice, Anne's own story shows how raising babies overseas can truly enrich the expat experience. Living abroad with a baby presents vast opportunities to meet and interact with local parents. Regular everyday activities such as shopping for baby clothes, going to the park and joining parenting organizations, quickly engage the expat parents in the local culture.
Anne's book may quickly become the expat parent's "bible" for those moving and living abroad with an infant. Whether you are already living abroad with a baby, thinking about making the move or an expectant mom, Global Baby will give you valuable advice to ease your concerns and inspire you to approach the experience with a sense of adventure.
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
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First Published: May 24, 2004