My passion is helping families work on the issues and benefits that come with having a global lifestyle. Recently we were talking about the best way to support these global nomads and we realized that parents had to really understand communication. Tonight, I was honored to be part of a presentation at Pasir Ridge International School in Indonesia.
Here is my version of what we covered:
Often parents want to take home information to share with their family. We had a small 16 page booklet that Parents were encouraged to use during our presentation and to take home. You can get that handout here.
Just a reminder don’t fight with your child over these items.
- His/her room or status of that room
- His/her loud music or type of music
- His/her clothes or hair
Do set boundaries and rules over these key items.
- Curfew (so important for all kids – issues of sleep, anxiety, routine and accountability)
- How we treat our family
If you are raising a global nomad the need for communication is even more important for success. Global families need to have both instrumental and affective communication. Instrumental communication is the exchange of factual information. “I will pick you up at 2:00 in front of the library.” Affective communication deals with how you share your emotions.
Often global families travel around in a small cocoon there they rely heavily on each other. If these global families have indirect or vague communication this contributes to lack of intimacy and emotional bonding between the family members. This leads to the feeling of isolation while abroad.
If you have any questions about the presentation or handout, please comment on them so the wider audience of readers can benefit from them.