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expat life, Food, Raising Global Children

Holiday Season Recipes to Promote Diversity at Home

“One cannot think well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf Eating is esencial to human survival. Eating is the centerpiece of family reunions, friends gatherings and traditions all around the world. Therefore, using food to raise cultural awareness at home is an easy and effective way to get our families familiarized… Sigue leyendo Holiday Season Recipes to Promote Diversity at Home

expat life, Raising Global Children, TCK Life, Thanksgiving

G.R.A.C.I.A.S. Spanish Word to Experience this Thanksgiving

Living in the United States was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I married in Fort Worth, Texas, my children were born there as well, I learned to speak English and found wonderful friends. The States were my home for twelve years and that means that I have spent most of my… Sigue leyendo G.R.A.C.I.A.S. Spanish Word to Experience this Thanksgiving

Raising Global Children, TCK Life

Improving your Child’s Cultural Intelligence with Joy Sun Bear

Nowadays developing Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a task that should be added to any parenting goals list and to every teacher’s lesson plan. In an ever growing and changing world, having high levels of diversity awareness and being able to cross-culturally interact with other people are necessary tools to succeed in the future.  While many… Sigue leyendo Improving your Child’s Cultural Intelligence with Joy Sun Bear

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5 Things We Learnt by Experiencing Religion Overseas

Hurry up, mami! We are going to miss the bus! These words are commonly spoken by my husband and children when we travel. They need to remind me of our schedule for the day and the time for the bus, tram, or metro. I get easily distracted by churches, temples, mosques and other religious buildings. … Sigue leyendo 5 Things We Learnt by Experiencing Religion Overseas

expat life, Raising Global Children, TCK Life, The Transition Suitcase

Kids and the 4 Stages of Transition

Transition is the only constant in life. Ever since we are born we have to deal with changes that somehow shape our personality. Nowadays, moving overseas is commonly found and encouraged by cross-cultural trainers, families and employers. The Global Expatriates Forecast for the Worldwide Market Report stated that there are roughly 58 million expats worldwide… Sigue leyendo Kids and the 4 Stages of Transition

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7 Tips For Monolingual Parents to Raise Bilingual Children

My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group  that will support you if you score zero or you score 40. Kobe Bryant  One of the main challenges of moving to Germany five years ago was to support our children in their language learning journey because we, the parents, didn’t know a single… Sigue leyendo 7 Tips For Monolingual Parents to Raise Bilingual Children

Raising Global Children, TCK Life

Self-Reflections of my Son Eddie about his Life as a Latino TCK

Being a TCK (Third Culture Kid) can be quite the confusing experience, for others and myself. Especially in school, the name Eduardo Alejandro Garcia in Germany stands out amongst a sea of “Tims” and “Florians”. Most people immediately assume I’m from Spain and I have to clarify that I’m actually Venezuelan. Of course I also… Sigue leyendo Self-Reflections of my Son Eddie about his Life as a Latino TCK

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Game Night and Language Learning

A Family That Plays Together Stays Together, says one of those quotes I found on the Web after reading about ways to enhance the parent-children relationship during teenage years. And I think it is true. When you are playing a board game with your family, you are strengthening your relationship, but also as a parent,… Sigue leyendo Game Night and Language Learning

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Self-Discerning Reflections of a Venezuelan Abroad

I am from Venezuela.  And I dare to ask myself, but from what Venezuela? Which of the Venezuelan realities am I from? The Venezuela I grew up in, sassy and content, irreverent and easygoing, humane. Or the Venezuela that my parents and siblings live in today, aching, arid, bizarre, and hungry. How do I prevent… Sigue leyendo Self-Discerning Reflections of a Venezuelan Abroad

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Mi hijo habla inglés ¡pero yo no!

Son numerosas los mensajes que recibo de padres preocupados que piensan que no pueden ayudar a sus hijos a ser bilingües porque ellos no lo son. Sin embargo, es una realidad cada día más presente en los hogares de muchísimas familias quienes por motivos laborales, académicos y culturales deciden emprender la aventura de aprender un… Sigue leyendo Mi hijo habla inglés ¡pero yo no!