So you want to start a new life with your family in another land? How exciting that must be for everyone! Of course, there is the pain of separation from some of your friends and family and how things are used to be, but I’m pretty sure your decision is for the greater good of everyone.
And hey, the beauty in migrating is that you get to experience the joy of a new environment, a different lifestyle, and new friends you will meet along the way.
Moving your family
Before everything else, you need to make sure that everyone in the family has come to terms with the decision. Sit down with your children and discuss your decision to move abroad. Teens or older children in general tend to be more reluctant to leave their friends behind and will naturally have a lot of questions that you need to satisfy.
Younger children should be involved and consulted throughout the moving process.
Include where you will live and what type of school they will go to as well as the great locations that are near your new community. If you’re yet to finalize a location to move your family, then consider the house and land packages in Epping North. The location has thriving and established suburb that suits a wide range of budget and lifestyle.
By involving your children first hand in such decisions, you can make them feel like they’re an integral part of the process and allow them to have some ownership of the new and radical direction that their lives are about to take.
Prepare for necessary adjustments
After you have sat down with everyone with the news and began basic planning, you should take steps to begin the process of familiarizing your family with the culture and the language of the country wherein you intend on moving.
This will help give everyone – your children in particular to have a little more confidence and control in their place within the new country and also help them to adapt faster after arriving.
The people you will leave behind
In some cases, it’s not practical, or possible, to move your entire family abroad and you may decide to leave older children as well as other family members behind. If this is the case, take time to carefully explain your decision to move overseas to every member of the family and any adult children who chose to stay behind. Involve them as much as possible in the moving process. This will make them feel like you still value their input and presence.
Before you leave, you should agree with the methods by which you will continue to communicate with those family members who chose to stay behind. This will give them some security that you won’t be permanently disappearing from the lives and that you will still be available whenever they need you.
Well, that’s most of it. It will also help to talk with a family counselor if you’re having problems with communicating with your family regarding the decision to move. Best of luck!
May 25, 2016 – 7:48 PM - | Posted in daily life | No Comments »
Do something special for mom this Mother’s Day. Make her something both delicious and healthy, that she’ll remember all year! Try making her this delicious Mother’s Day Strawberry Mango, and Coconut Mousse recipe.
Strawberry Mango, and Coconut Mousse
Ingredients (Serves 6):
1 (1-pound) package silken tofu
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and chopped,
¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
3 tablespoons agave nectar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup chopped strawberries
6 strawberries, sliced, for garnish
– In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tofu, mango ½ cup of the coconut, the agave, vanilla, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and gently stir in the chopped strawberries.
– Spoon the mixture into ramekins or dessert cups and chill for at least 20 minutes.
– To serve, garnish with the sliced strawberries and remaining ¼ cup coconut.
May 3, 2016 – 1:16 PM - | Posted in recipes | 3 Comments »
Nothing beats the flavor and crunch of homemade coleslaw! This side dish is an All American classic, check out the recipe below for you to try this Memorial Day.
Memorial Day Coleslaw
Yield: about 3 cups, for 6 servings.
2 Tbs. cider vinegar
1 Tbs. sugar or to taste
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4 cups shredded green cabbage, about ½ of a large cabbage
1 carrot, peeled and grated on the large holes of a cheese grater
Combine vinegar, sugar, Dijon, salt & pepper. Stir in mayonnaise. Add cabbage and carrots, allow to marinate together 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator. May be kept for a week without loss of quality.
May 3, 2016 – 12:33 PM - | Posted in recipes | 2 Comments »
Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and WWE and Susan G. Komen want to celebrate the moms in your life. Whether she left us too soon, or is working through her diagnosis. WWE and Susan G. Komen want to work together for a cure so that one day, no one loses their mom to breast cancer. Together they are working #4EveryMom.
Join us in celebrating our mother’s by uploading a photo and sharing it on your social networks using the hashtag #4EveryMom. Then join us on May 5th for a WWEMoms Twitter Party!!!
When: Thursday, May 5, 2016
7:00 – 8:00 pm ET
4:00 – 5:00 pm PT
WWE Share Your Strength Contest
Susan G. Komen – #4EveryMom
Honoring the moms and other women in our lives whom we celebrate this Mother’s Day
RSVP and attend the party for a chance to win great prizes from WWE and other Susan G. Komen partners!
(Click here to learn more about our Twitter chats. You must RSVP and attend the party to be eligible for a prize.)
Email RSVP@theonlinemom.com (subject line: WWEmoms) and include your Twitter ID
Spread the word and RT this link on your Twitter feed: http://bit.ly/1Z5bCOS
Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#WWEmoms) on Thursday, May 5 between 7 – 8 pm ET
Tell your Twitter followers!
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I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
May 2, 2016 – 9:30 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | No Comments »
Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.
To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.
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I have been compensated for this post however, all opinions expressed here are my own.
May 2, 2016 – 11:38 AM - | Posted in Giveaways | 17 Comments »