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baby 2015Congratulations on the birth or impending birth of your new baby. A few procedures are necessary to regularize your child’s birth from the Dubai Health Authority.
The hospital your baby is delivered in will issue a ‘notification of birth certificate’ in Arabic. All expatriates must get both the Arabic and English certificate attested by the Ministry of Health (at Al Baraha Hospital) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Back to School - Kids ReadingWhile Dubai’s children are still making the most of the long summer holiday, parents are now starting to think ahead to the new school term, compiling to-do lists and thinking about what the year ahead will bring. Here are some tips for going back to school

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Water-Babies-150x150Dubai, Al Zahra hospital is the first facility to have a birthing pool.
On July 29th 2015, under full observation of medical experts, the first baby was born in a method of birthing that has appealed to thousands of women worldwide for many decades. The water birthing facility only opened a month ago. Read more

Bubble Bum 3If you’ve ever found yourself lugging a booster seat out of your car and into somebody else’s (or worse – into a plane!) I can almost guarantee that in the process you banged it on various parts of the car and yourself, and perhaps even uttered some language you weren’t entirely proud of. Why are they so enormous? Well, as it turns out, not all of them are…Enter the Bubblebum. Read more

relocating childrenThird Culture Kids are resilient creatures, but like adults, many find the move back to their passport country especially difficult. As parents, it’s our job to help them readjust. It takes preparation, patience and sensitivity, and I know from experience that it’s not always easy.

(While it’s normal for children to struggle with this final relocation, kids who have a worrying amount of trouble adjusting might benefit from professional counselling, preferably with a therapist familiar with Third Culture Kids.)
Grief is common among repatriating TCKs

Children aren’t always able to express their grief in ways that adults understand — they may not understand it themselves — but they have a right to mourn the end of the familiar. By not acknowledging children’s grief, parents send the message that their feelings aren’t important. Read more

testing-the-young-what-is-the-pointThere are still some schools here in Dubai seem to make their students take lots and lots of tests. Spelling; Maths; Weekly, End of Topic; End of Semester; the list seems to be endless. But what is the point? Why do we need to test so much?

We want to know what a child has learned, of course. When we teach a child we need to know that they have learned something, but this then leads to the question “How can we find out?” The easiest way is to give children a set of questions, highlighting the things we want to know they have learned, and then encourage them to give the answers we want. Regurgitating facts is one of the tried and tested ways that we can get children to repeat back to us the things that we think they ought to know. And there lies the problem. Repeating information has very little to do with learning. Read more

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