More than exotic cuisine
New to the expat round-up is Pamela from the blog It Is Real. Pamela is British. As newly-weds she and her husband moved to China in 2011, so that he could do is masters in Beijing. In response to questions about her dreadlock hair, Pamela says the first sentence she learnt to say in Chinese was It is Real, hence the name of her blog.
Read her intriguing story about life in Beijing. In her piece on ‘life as an expat mum in china’ she states, ‘It seems that being Chinese has less to do with an individual’s place of birth and upbringing and everything to do with the shade of their skin.
It was only after I became a parent I realised how important it was to have a support network. Emma seemed to get into the swing of things early. Reading her experiences as a new expat was delightful. In her open letter she shares all the ways expats can possibly meet and assist each other along the way. I especially like her advice to the ‘new expat woman…. You’ll make friends for life who will end up scattered all over the globe (think of the awesome future holidays).’
In my own piece I talk about finding my way as an expat parent.
Getting into the stride of things
I always enjoy reading blogs by Adele and I simply had to share her recent post, On ‘punishing myself as a parent’. It will speak to any parent, expat or not. However, it is because she’s an expat, I felt it was poignant.
After a challenging day with her daughters she came to the decision ‘I choose to forgive myself. I keep forgiving myself because a bad moment, a bad evening, week or even season doesn’t define me’. Sometimes we simply need to cut ourselves some slack.
How did your life change when you became an expat parent? What advice would you like to share with us? Please comment below.
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