When the journey finishes and it is time to go back home, expats can experience mixed feelings. After all the time spent trying to adapt to the new country, it’s time to revert back to the old ways. Undeniably, this can be quite challenging, however, more often than not, you just have to pack your things and move on. When it comes to children, it may be more complicated to comprehend, and they might not be fully towards the change, especially if they were raised in the foreign country for most of their lives. In this article, we will tackle some of the most common challenges and limitations faced by expats’ children and how to ease them.
One of the first barriers encountered by many expats and kids is reverse culture shock. Adults may feel it less than kids, as they would have lived the majority of their life in their home country, where they already have friends and family to go back to. You have to remember that, what might be familiar to adults, might be strange and unfamiliar for children. Include your children in your move and try to introduce them to similar environments like they are used to.
When it comes to finding a school, the more international and multicultural it is, usually the better, since your kid will be surrounded with foreigners and kids that had similar experiences. Kids might also find the language challenging, especially if they are mainly used to the foreign language. Consider private lessons and it can be beneficial for them if you teach them, your native tongue from when they are young. In today’s society, the more languages one knows, the better.
Think about your child’s childhood. Remember when you were young, you could not spend a few days without meeting your friends. If your child has friends in the foreign country, encourage to re-visit and maintain contacts. Recommend and encourage your kids to join sport groups, language classes and other activities in order to make them feel home as soon as possible.
Once you have accomplished that, it is time for you to relax and enjoy your new life in your old home with your loved ones. Good luck!