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On October 31, 2013 By Rachel
When my mother came to visit us in Los Angeles, she neglected to bring her swimsuit, and was faced with the challenge of what to wear in our pool. My generous offer of a string bikini was rudely rejected with the words “Over my dead body”. I am taking her at her word, and [...]Continue Reading →
In a rare moment of family harmony last month, the Wiggy One and I went to our local hardware store. We made it round without becoming irritated with the other, managing to laugh and talk. As we walked to the car, a grandfather and small grandson were on their way in; the grandson skipping [...]Continue Reading →
On July 9, 2013 By Rachel
Yes, I know. You don’t want to think about it, much less talk about it, which is why I have been getting shifty looks from most of my expat network this week when I asked them the seemingly simple question: “Do you have a will?’ Want to know how many people said “Yes”?
Two. Out [...]Continue Reading →
On June 19, 2013 By Rachel
You know your will is in urgent need of updating when: It’s typed on a real typewriter. The paperclips holding it together are rusty. Your youngest child isn’t even mentioned.
It’s tax season in the Defining Moves household, and for those of you who are moaning about having to do your taxes, you can stop [...]Continue Reading →
Expat parenting is tricky. Brookfield’s 2012 Global Relocation Trends survey reported that 43% of international assignments involved families with children and for those of us who make up that statistic, it’s a constant balancing act – wanting our newly expat children to experience the world, other cultures and languages, while trying desperately not to [...]Continue Reading →
You all know that I love the Families in Global Transition organization, with its incredible range of presenters and members, the warm welcome and their devotion to empowering families involved in international transition – so I am delighted to announce that they have extended their registration deadline to this Friday!If you are thinking of attending, now’s [...]Continue Reading →
On March 12, 2013 By Rachel
When I originally wrote this post, I had yet to hit the expat parenting minefield that is the adolescent CCK (Cross Culture Kid). I now know firsthand the dubious pleasure of putting a career on hold to focus on transplanting children, only to be calmly told that I have “ruined” their lives..
Thus comes [...]Continue Reading →
On March 8, 2013 By Rachel
The years of intercultural miscommunication are finally paying off. Having created chaos and given offense across three continents, I am now the acknowledged expert in the art of the apology, and thanks to Wiggy One, yesterday I got to practice them, Yet again.
For those of you with teenage sons, I know you feel [...]Continue Reading →
On February 23, 2013 By Rachel
It seems incredible that a year has passed since the last Families in Global Transition conference; forever infamous as the one where I had a complete (and very public ) online meltdown at the eminence and credentials of my fellow presenters, only to have my cover blown by one Judy Rickatson, (aka Continue Reading →
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