Resources and tips to help in transition

Help your child find a mentor in the new culture. This:
  • Introduces the culture to your child
  • Introduces your child to the culture
  • If mentoring is left to chance, you will get the wrong type of person
As much as possible keep family rituals and routines; this helps in the transition process.

Take along a lot of children’s things (blankets, toys, pictures, etc. — one family even took their children’s drapes)

If you aren’t already, start using Skype with grandparents and other family members.

Continue to either observe or talk about American holidays and traditions.

When we live outside our culture we change. Your children will change in different ways than you will and each one may respond differently to their experience.

You need to give your children both roots and wings.

Resource books and websites
  1. Raising Global Nomads by Robin Pascoe
  2. Families on the Move; Growing up overseas and loving it by Marion Knell
  3. Third Culture Kid Experience by David Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken
  4. Raising Resilient MKs. Download at
  5. Travel with your kids:
  6. Global Baby: Tips to Keep You and Your Infant Smiling Before, During, and After Your International Move by Anne Copeland. Order from Amazon.
  7. Parenting without Borders; Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World can Teach Us by Christine Gross-Loh
  8. Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: practical storytelling techniques that will strengthen the global family by Julia Simens
  9. The Expert Expat, Revised Edition: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad by Melissa Brayer Hess and Pratricia Linderman
  10. Setting Sail: The Family Workbook by Emily G Hervey
  16. Home school resource: Sonlight offers a 25% subsidy to cross cultural workers. Visit
  17. Fitted Pieces by Janet Blomberg discusses educational issues and helps you think through educational options.
Books for your children and teens
These are a few of the many books written for kids who are moving.

Picture books
  • Goodbye House by Frank Asch
  • Goodbye, House by Robin Ballard
  • I’m Not Moving, Mama! by Nancy White Carlstrom
  • Moving From One to Ten by Shari Halpern
  • Moving Gives Me a Stomach Ache by Heather McKend
  • Little Monsters Moving Day by Mercer Mayer
  • Maggie Doesn’t Want to Move by Elizabeth Lee O’Donnell
  • Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst
  • The Bernstein Bears’ Moving Day by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Ira Says Goodbye by Bernard Waber
Chapter books
  • Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger
  • Anastasia Again! by Lois Lowry
  • Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World by Deb Brammer
  • My Fabulous New Life by Sheila Greenwald
  • The Kid in the Red Jacket by Barbara Park
  • Nothing Grows Here by Jean Thesman
Other books