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.