FIGT 2016 – Lesson IV: We Bond Where We Are Broken

FIGT 2016 – Lesson IV: We Bond Where We Are Broken

The internet can be a scary thing, especially when advertising is ‘knowingly’ targeted to your interests. While browsing through my Facebook feed a few years ago, my eye fell on an advertisement for Global Mom: Eight countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five

FIGT 2016 – Lesson 3: Dreams and Hopes

FIGT 2016 – Lesson 3: Dreams and Hopes

School is out, and like most teachers, I am ready to tune out for a few weeks. However, before completely tuning out, I always like to take a little bit of time to reflect on what worked and what needs

FIGT 2016 – Lesson 2: Rock Stars and the Stories That Shape Us

FIGT 2016 – Lesson 2: Rock Stars and the Stories That Shape Us

Earlier this month I was back in the Netherlands, my passport – oh, wait, scratch that – my former passport country before I became Swiss. It was for the third time in four months, which admittedly is more than usual,

FIGT 2016 – Lesson I: Nakedness, Empathy, and Letters Never Arrived

FIGT 2016 – Lesson I: Nakedness, Empathy, and Letters Never Arrived

Last year, it was only four weeks after FIGT 2015 that I finally found the time to write about what I had learned from the conference. Fast forward a year later, and I find myself in the same place, listening

In Anticipation of Inspiration

Three. More. Days. FIGT 2016: Moving Across Cultures: Bringing Empathy and Expertise to the Global Evolving Family. The keynote speakers. The Concurrent Sessions. The Kitchen Table Conversations. The Ignite Sessions. The Panel Discussions. Ruth Van Reken, Melissa Dalton-Bradford, Christopher O’Shaughnessy and

FIGT 2015 — Trying to Recapture It All Under the Tuscan Sun

FIGT 2015  — Trying to Recapture It All Under the Tuscan Sun

It’s been almost four weeks, but I am still basking in the afterglow of FIGT 2015. Lucky for me, I am literally writing this under the Tuscan sun in what my daughters have fondly been calling ‘our Italy house’. Our

Third Culture Friendships

Third Culture Friendships

“Where are you from?” the girl behind the ‘International Orientation’ desk of the University of Vermont asks as she looks slightly confused when the girl in front of me hands her two passports. “Eh, Pakistan and Switzerland.” “But which one

On Leaving and Saying Goodbye

On Leaving and Saying Goodbye

June has always become the ‘leaving month’ in my head. Like most teachers, I don’t think in calendar years, but in school years. We start in August (or September when we’re lucky) and we usually finish the year in June.

Sharing and Feeling Inspired

Sharing and Feeling Inspired

In the past ten days, I had two opportunities to speak on the topic of ‘Third Culture Kids and Relocation’ and promote my book. After so many years of researching the topic, and working on B’s and Emma’s journey, it’s

Sacred Objects

Sacred Objects

This week, together with two fabulous experts on relocation, I will be giving a presentation on how to support children during transitions. While preparing for this, I was rereading Ruth Van Reken’s foreword to B at Home. Among other things, she suggests “allowing the