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Can’t take it anymore? Four steps to create Pockets of Sanity

Can’t take it anymore? Four steps to create Pockets of Sanity

Living abroad can create lots of stress on the family. Here are four easy techniques to relax and recharge when stress levels rise.

Living abroad can put a tremendous amount of stress on the family, especially the head of the family. Most often one family member is off to his or her place of employment each day doing the job that brought the family abroad. The other half of the couple is in charge of getting everyone settled and managing the day-to-day needs of the family in a foreign environment. This family member is forced to be out in the local culture, balancing personal values and norms with that of the host culture. Normally there is a discrepancy what the person anticipates and what they encounter in a new environment that causes a variable level of friction.

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Are violent video games harmful to children?

Are violent video games harmful to children?

Violent video games can be harmful to children due to their visual content (e.g. shooting others with realistic blood and carnage), topics (e.g. unrestricted violence or abuse towards women), and depiction of a consequence free environment (e.g. bad behavior is rewarded). Knowing more about how violent video games affect children’s behavior can help you guide your child towards a healthy relationship with video games.

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How to get your child to eat without a fight

How to get your child to eat without a fight

Fighting to get a child to eat is a common family struggle. Luckily, parents can use a no-nonsense approach to avoid struggles over food while reinforcing good behaviors so children learn to have a healthy relationship with food and mealtimes.

When food becomes a tool to create stress or anxiety in a family, the rhythm of the family is disturbed. Since food is a common element of life, having conflict over food means there is constant conflict in the family. Yet, there are ways to stop the struggle and enjoy food and family time.

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Time stands still for nobody: how visiting home can teach us about change

Time stands still for nobody: how visiting home can teach us about change

 

Living abroad can transform us in ways that are only noticeable when we visit home. Residing in a different culture as an expat can change us.  “Going home” can feel different or as if we no longer fit in like we used to.  Why does this happen?

Visiting home while living abroad is always exciting. Seeing special people is always a top item on the to-do list. Going to favorite restaurants, visiting certain shops or neighborhoods, eating iconic foods, and enjoying a shared culture and language are also anticipated pleasure points on our visits home. We arrive, we take in, we enjoy and we feel like we belong again. And then....

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