Today I am writing at Babble about kids and transitions and thinking deeper than jet lag. My last post at Babble was also a list and it happened to be nine things. 9 Ways to Celebrate July Fourth Overseas. Maybe I just can’t think hard enough to get to ten.

A good friend was taking her kids back to the US after two years living in the Middle East and asked for advice. This is what came out. I’d love to hear from you, what have you learned/found helpful or unhelpful?

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9 Ways to Help Your Kids Re-enter America

  • Decide to have an attitude of gratitude. Your kids will pick up on your subtle vibes. Especially when coming from a less developed country, it is easy and natural to feel overwhelmed, even judgmental. Make the conscious decision to enjoy what America has to offer – the fully stocked grocery shelves and the clothes that fit well, English menus, wi-fi, people who love you.
  • Don’t attempt to squeeze everything in. American is a land of nearly infinite options and stimulation. Don’t even try to do it all. Enjoy simple things like grass, playgrounds, libraries, bike rides, swimming, and those people who love you.
  • Give your kids words. Help them know how to explain where they have come from in their own words, appropriate for their age.

 

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