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An Expat Parent Talks about Raising Kids in Frankfurt, Germany


Expat parenting expert and author of, "Let's Move Together," shares advice about expat parenting. Keep the routine the same, be a parent not a friend, be open to the new culture and more.

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

Frankfurt

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

As a clinical social worker and author of "Let's Move Together", I have lived and worked in 7 different countries. Often quoted and sought for professional advice, I recommend the following:

1. Children will enjoy any location if parents do.

2. Keep the family rules the same everywhere: bedtimes, naps, meals

3. Do not try to be a friend, be a parent that sets the rules.

4. Enjoy each culture and be open to learning new things.

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

Being flexible and asking each child lots of questions to understand the child's situation.

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

I have worked in Germany, Thailand, Turkey, Okinawa, Japan, Philippines,and Malaysia.

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

Realized my own culture is not perfect as I originally thought. Taught more global responsibility with re-cycling, walked and used public transportation with ease.

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

Have your family visit so they are open to your experience.

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

Yes

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

Stay involved with the school and community groups for the best experience.

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Mar 26, 2012 14:41

Great advice - did almost the same with my children who lived in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States of America... voi

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