Question : How can I prepare my child for an expat life?

Answer from Dr. Albert Bonfil, expert in Family Life

Making a move to a new country is a big adjustment that necessarily disrupts the sense of stability and predictability of daily life. It is important to talk to your child as much as you can prior to and after the move to help her process related thoughts and feelings. Consistently talking about it helps the child avoid confusion and instead, helps her formulate a way of thinking about her new life that is realistic. It is important to fight the urge to frame the move as "only a good thing," as this can send the message that her concerns are unfounded, and thus she will feel less comfortable openly talking about them with you. Be clear that moving to a new country has both exciting and anxiety-provoking aspects, and that it is natural to be concerned about your new life.

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