Most scheduled medical visits during the first two years of life involve vaccinations. Living in an expat environment presents a great number of challenges to parents wishing to get their child vaccinated; is the local vaccination schedule similar to the one followed in the home country? Are there vaccinations that are not given locally that might be needed in the home country? What is the quality and safety profile of the vaccinations given locally? Read more
If 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…
A new addition to the childcare service in Dubai that busy mums or those looking for a few hours to themselves will love.
DubaiKidCare, has been created by expatriate parents living here in Dubai and is inspired by the French childcare model system. The idea came about because the couple wanted to share childcare service with another family (in their neighborhood).
How does it work? Parents contact DubaiKidCare through the website or call them directly to give their exact childcare requirements.
A reliable babysitter service with trained staff is put in place.
You can choose from an experienced babysitter or Nurse depending on the age of your child. Children are then looked after jointly with another family that has the same needs in the same neighborhood.
The service is ideal to use for few hours per day on a regular basis and can be totally bespoke to meet your needs-in terms of timing and other details. Read more
Third 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
The baby might not have arrived yet, but it is still a good idea to think about the first time at home with a newborn. Arriving home with a newborn you will find yourself catapulted into a whole new existence of apparently non-stop tasks and routine, that can seem rather overwhelming. With a new baby around, you may need parenting support and postnatal care. Here is a list of where to seek professional help and advice in Dubai. We hope you find something that will suit your needs. Read more
The baby might not have arrived yet, but it still might be prudent to think about what formalities need to be completed once the baby has arrived; needless to say, when the baby has arrived you will be busy and in your own `baby world’.
Remember that you have to apply for a residency visa for your new-born baby within 120 days of the birth. If you don’t do this the baby is not allowed to leave the UAE, and AED 100 fine will be added for each day over the 120 day period. Read more