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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

Becoming an expat is exciting and daunting all at the same time. Children process things differently however, their world is small, cosy, familiar and comfortable. We spend an awful lot of time as parents building a routine for our children and moving to a foreign country can threaten to upset this and put undue stress on a child. Although moving with your kids to Dubai was initially your decision, you can and should involve them in the decision making process with regards to aspects of their move. Read more

There are a number of things to think about when you are pregnant in Dubai and the UAE. It is of utmost importance for a woman to be married if pregnant in the UAE. At the hospital when you go for your first check-up, you will need to show an original marriage certificate along with copies of your passport and visa. If you are unmarried and pregnant, you should either get married or expatriate unmarried expectant mothers should return to their home countries for the delivery. Also note that abortions in Dubai are illegal unless there are medical complications and the abortion is sanctioned by the hospital.

Another thing you should do is to contact your insurance company and ask if they cover all your maternity costs. Find out if they cover the whole amount or if you have a limited budget. It’s quite common that you have to pay and claim the money from your insurance company. Read more

UK Boarding School Exhibiton | 6-7 February | Grosvenor House |

UK Boarding School Exhibition – Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina. 6 & 7 February 2015. From 2 – 7 pm

The exhibition, now in its 10th consecutive year, enables families living in the Gulf region to meet Heads and Representatives of 30 UK boarding schools and talk to UK boarding school specialists.

Entrance FREE, collect a FREE copy of the UK Boarding Schools Directory. FREE valet parking for all Exhibition visitors!

Are you a nervous parent wondering if your child will get the grades to make it into their final years at secondary school in Dubai or are you nervous your husband’s job will finish before your 16 year old has sat their GCSE’s? If so then get down to the Grosvenor House Hotel on 6-7 February to visit the Sue Anderson UK Boarding School Exhibition. Read more

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