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From Cape Town to Calgary: Moving abroad with kids
From Cape Town to Calgary: Moving abroad ...
Catherine is originally from South Africa. In 2019, she was one of the lucky few to be admitted to Calgary through the Express Entry System, along with her husband and their twin daughters. Catherine talks to us about the challenges of raising expat kinds in Canada.
Having a baby in Switzerland: An expat’s experience
Having a baby in Switzerland: An expat’s ...
From the US to Switzerland: This young mom working in finance in Switzerland tells Expat.com about her experience having a baby abroad…
Things to consider when moving abroad with children
Things to consider when moving abroad with ...
For families, moving abroad with children comes hand-in-hand with much bigger questions than those faced by the single expatriate. While the decision to move children abroad can seem daunting, the influence of a new culture, atmosphere, school system and perhaps language can be enormously enriching for their life to come - and offers the kind of experience they simply wouldn’t get in their native schoolrooms. Of course, there are a few key things to consider, so to help get the ball rolling, you’ll find below some key things to think about if you’re planning a move abroad with kids.
Single expat parents: Your guide to shine
Single expat parents: Your guide to shine
In the past three decades, an increase in freedom of expression of identity and growth of women’s empowerment and financial independence have led to the rise in single-parent families. What’s more, single parents don’t compromise with a mediocre life, but they are in pursuit of their dreams, career success, and a high-standard nurturing environment for their children...
Post COVID-19: schools around the world are reopening
Post COVID-19: schools around the world are ...
Life is slowly getting back to normal in many countries around the world as the lockdown ends. Even though health risks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic are still real, schools have also started reopening, under certain conditions. Here's an overview of what's going on around the world.
The most family-friendly cities
The most family-friendly cities
Movinga, a company which specializes in moving families abroad, has just published the results of their study on how family-friendly 150 cities around the world are. They took into consideration a total of 16 factors including quality of life in the city and the country, the unemployment levels, the quality of air, healthcare, safety, parental leave... Here are the top 5 best countries for families.
Cities where you should move with your family
Cities where you should move with your family
Where should you move with your family for a better quality of life? Movinga website reveals the most family-friendly cities around the globe according to different factors like safety, family policies, and many other benefits. 
Aging parents and expatriation: How to balance parents' needs and your dreams
Aging parents and expatriation: How to ...
For many expats, the excitement of moving to a new country and upgrading our career is lessened by the concern for the family we leave behind — especially aging parents who are more likely to be dependent on us. So how can we chase our expatriation dream while making sure our aging parents receive the love and support they deserve? I have been an expat since 2007 and lucky enough to have self-sufficient and healthy parents. However, since I am planning to continue my expatriation journey, I am continuously thinking of better ways to strengthen my relationship with my parents in spite of the physical distance between us and see to it that the older they grow, the more care and comfort they will get.
Settling down abroad: Have you thought about your birth control?
Settling down abroad: Have you thought about ...
Birth control: definitely not the first thing you would think of when moving abroad. However, regulations around contraception are different in different regions of the world so it is important to know what to expect to be able to take the necessary precautions...
Parental authority for expats: the case of Japan
Japan
Parental authority for expats: the case of ...
The current legislation in Japan is of concern to some of the highest international authorities. So much so, that foreign embassies have even started warning expats wanting to start a family in the country. Indeed, in the case of a divorce child custody can only be given to one parent in Japan. This has given rise to several cases of “child kidnapping”.
TCKs: How to raise them?
TCKs: How to raise them?
Growing up abroad is one of the best childhood experiences kids can have. This will give them incredible skills that will shape them to be open-minded adults. How does one raise children from mixed marriages? How do you make sure that both cultures will be interspersed with their upbringing, along with their host country? Whether your child was born into your home country or abroad, here are a few tips...
Interview: David, the stay abroad dad...
Malaysia
Interview: David, the stay abroad dad...
He left his office job to become a stay at home dad in Malaysia while his wife is a teacher in an international school. And he has been pretty busy since: from following people into supermarkets because he might have spotted new friends for his young daughter, to his very first dress up day… David tells us about being able to take his children swimming everyday and about the difficulty of not being the breadwinner anymore, among others.
Assisted reproduction: Where can you go?
Assisted reproduction: Where can you go?
Since the 9th of October, assisted reproduction is legal in France for all women. Therefore, heterosexual and homosexual women, as well as married and unmarried women, will be entitled to this alternative. Expat.com takes stock of this decision. Also, whether you plan to expatriate to be able to have a child by assisted reproduction or whether this option is important in the choice of an expatriate destination… here is a tour of countries and what their legislation say about assisted reproduction.
Once an expat, always an expat?
Once an expat, always an expat?
You can live for years in a foreign country and still never feel completely at home. And when you go back home, it is not a done deal either. Indeed, it is not always easy to find your bearings and feel like you belong in the country in which you grew up.. Does going abroad mean you will never stop struggling with your sense of belonging? Expat.com tries to answer this question.
Dealing with your Third Culture Kid
Dealing with your Third Culture Kid
Work, curiosity, quality of life (or all of these combined) are excellent reasons to move to a new country. But expatriating with a child brings some legit, culture-related points to the equation of the expat life. How does raising a child in an environment that is unfamiliar even to you as a parent impacts their upbringing and cultural identity? Read through to find out ways to help your child navigate through the culture of your host country, and make the most of being a Third Culture Kid.
What to expect when you're expecting... abroad
What to expect when you're expecting ...
Having a child is, in itself, quite an upheaval! So, here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re, in addition, living this adventure while far from home.
New Zealand reopens 'Parent visa': What other countries offer this?
New Zealand reopens 'Parent visa': What ...
Will New-Zealand reopen the parent visa category? The New-Zealand government could be making a decision in favor of this very soon. Indeed, according to the NZ Herald, there is a backlog of approximately 6000 applications dating back to 2016 when this category was closed. What is a parent visa and where else in the world can you apply for one? Let’s find out.
The most child-friendly countries around the world
The most child-friendly countries around the ...
You are all about the expat life and have always wanted to move abroad, but now that you have children, you have a lot more to consider before making the leap of faith. You cannot just leave it to chance. If you are looking for countries where your children will benefit from quality education and childcare at a reasonable price, HSBC Expat Explorer has put together just the list you need.