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Parenting Abroad

This expat report is designed to enable you to share what you've learned as an expat parent with those that have yet to live abroad, and even parents that might never move overseas. Tell us all about what you've learned about raising kids while living abroad!

Which country are you reporting about?

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Which country are you a citizen of?

If you live in the US, which state do you live in?

What is your gender?

Female
Male

Are you a parent?

No
Pregnant
Yes

Have you ever lived abroad with kids? (Either yours or those of your significant other.)

No
Yes

If you were a parent before you moved abroad, how would you describe your parenting style before your moved to your destination country? Choose one of the following options:

Authoritarian - Strict rules that must be followed without question. Discipline is rigidly enforced.
Authoritative - Children have some input for creating rules and they are enforced more flexibly.
I wasn't a parent before moving abroad.
Permissive - Few rules enforced inconsistently.
Uninvolved - Essentially no rules and little or no concern for the needs of your children.

How would you describe your parenting style while living in your destination country? Choose one of the following options:

Authoritarian - Strict rules that must be followed without question. Discipline is rigidly enforced.
Authoritative - Children have some input for creating rules and they are enforced more flexibly.
I wasn't a parent before moving abroad.
Permissive - Few rules enforced inconsistently.
Uninvolved - Essentially no rules and little or no concern for the needs of your children.

How is being a parent in your destination country different than in your home country?

What are the strengths of your home culture's parenting style? What are the weaknesses?

What are the strengths of your destination culture's parenting style? What are the weaknesses?

Are there specific changes you have made to your parenting style while living abroad with your family? If yes, what are these changes?

If you are a single parent, what advice would you give to others considering moving abroad?

Overall, has the impact of being an expat positively influenced your parenting or negatively influenced your parenting? Why?

Do you have any advice or other thoughts about being a parent while living abroad?

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