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Panel Discussion on Emotional Resilience in Third Culture Kids at the American Foreign Service Association headquarters, Washington, DC, April 2, 2012 with panelists:
Ruth Van Reken, Rebecca Oden, Julia Simens, and Rebecca Grappo
speaking on why some kids thrive and others struggle in this globally nomadic lifestyle.
Press Release that hit over 350 USA outlets including the Wall Street Journal!
Expat Families: Story Telling Can Be Key To Success In Raising Happy Children Who Grow Up Abroad, Parenting Expert Julia Simens Writes
New Book Improves Children’s Interpersonal Skills, Reduces Childhood Conflicts
Incline Village, Nevada, January 3, 2013 “ Raising children in the United States can be challenging in many ways, but can you imagine raising an American child in a foreign country?
An increasing number of American children are being raised in foreign countries as their parents are being sent abroad by their businesses or government agencies or they are people who want to see the world, said Julia Simens, parenting expert and author of Emotional Resilience for the Expat Child.
“The only thing you can be sure you can move around the world is your child’s ability to increase his or her interpersonal skills. In today’s global world, each of us is searching for effective tools that can help our children to thrive,” said Simens, who draws on 25 years of living overseas to help children and families adjust to their global lifestyle.
“Emotional Resilience for the Expat Child” provides a step-by-step guide that is designed to help a child become resilient – bounce back from setbacks – and to increase a child’s emotional vocabulary and emotional intelligence.
“Doing this will enable your child to achieve his or her fullest potential. The bond between an adult and child is key to the psychological health of the child. For the expatriate child, this bond is more vital than ever,” said Simens, with a master’s degree in clinical psychology, who has been hired by schools, PTAs and organizations to talk about transitions, what we can do to help our children in this global lifestyle and how to work within a school system to get the best for everyone.
This workbook has been created for parents and children to use together and will provide the perfect place to connect. With easily understood and practical steps any parent can apply, families can start to create and enjoy ’emotion stories’. ” This book will help develop the mutually respectful and loving relationships between parents and kids that they’ve always wanted,” she said.
“Working on these emotion stories, all children can develop a strong sense of personal narrative; they will find their own voice and in so doing will grow into confident, happy teenagers. When a child feels happy and confident, he will be more likely to construct and communicate his emotions. The richer his vocabulary is in emotions, the more competent and powerful he will be in reflecting on his behavior and how his actions and interactions are intertwined,” she said.
Well-written in an engaging, conversational tone, this book is sensible, straightforward and based on the experiences of expat families. It will give your child what he or she needs to understand and express today in order to grow into a caring, emotional intelligent adult tomorrow.
“Few parenting books that I have ever encountered have ever broken the skill of understanding feelings into such easily digestible and imminently practical steps that any parent can apply. No book has ever done so with the special issues of an expatriate or mobile population in mind. Julia’s book does both, and does so beautifully,” childhood psychologist Dr. Douglas W. Ota, wrote in the book’s foreword.
“Finally, the book I’ve been longing to reach for as a reference tool in my own practice and as a parent. It shows how the adults in their lives can help children to express their feelings in constructive ways so that they become emotionally healthy, happy, and resilient,” said Rebecca Grappo, M.Ed, Certified Educational Planner, Founder, RNG International Educational Consultants, LLC.
For information, go to www.JSimens.com
About Julia Simens
As an educator, speaker, author and consultant, Julia has a gold-medal global perspective on children and parenting. Parents look to her for guidance because she has raised her own two children overseas while worrying about schools, medical conditions, friendships and loss of extended family contact. She and her family have navigated eight international relocations, which has provided her the opportunity to work with over 8,000 families on five continents. It’s helped her understand the similarities of emotions children share around the globe. She has personally gazed into the eyes of young children from around the world and helped them successfully transition into their new environment. She is the expert on emotional resilience and the expat child.
Listen to Jo Parfitt’s interview with Julia. That was held on May 18th, 2011 when “Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child” was published. Called Writers Abroad, this show is part of TheWINonline network. Listen to it here.
Jim Higley @ Bobblehead Dad interviews Julia on “Do your kids have emotional resilience?” Listen to it Here.
Finding Value in the Vanilla Moments of Life
Jim writes for Chicago Tribune TribLocal, Man of the House, DadsGood: The Best of Daddy Bloggers, iVoice on NBC Universal iVillage and Bobblehead Dad on WebTalk Radio
Singapore UWC South East Asia – Centre for International Education
Parent’s workshops: Expat Teens Talk with Dr. Lisa Pittman, Diana Smith, Julia Simens and other guest presenters. School Counselors study many topics. We will look at a research study about “Full Speed Ahead” Going From One International Assignment to the Next International Assignment. We are also looking at the benefits and pitfalls of going back to your passport country between assignments. Purpose of the research study: To (a) investigate an attitude towards relocation (b)identify facilitators and barriers in relocation.
Families in Global Transitions with Ruth Van Reken, Julia Simens, Rebecca Ogen and Rebecca Grappo “Promoting Emotional Resilience in TCKS: Why Do Some Kids Thrive While others Struggle?
March 2012 Washington DC.
American Foreign Service Department in Washington, DC – follow up on the article published in the Foreign Service Journal.
IPN- Bangkok – “What makes an expat child thrive?”
The International Parenting Network (IPN) is an organization which offers a wide range of parenting support services to parents and childcare professionals through events, seminars and workshops.
Bangkok Club – “How you can help your CCK thrive in Bangkok or boarding school.”
Downtown Bangkok a club which balances business and pleasure.
International School of Bangkok –
Widely recognized as one of the premier international schools in the world, International School Bangkok (ISB) has been providing quality education since 1951 to expatriates representing more than 60 countries.
Bangkok Teacher’s Network – KEYNOTE SPEAKER _BELIEVE
To support teachers in improving their teaching practice through sharing professional development resources, professional expertise, and information about how to access supplies and resources in Thailand to support school programmes.
SENIA Special Education Network In Asia _ What makes an Expat Child Grow
200 Delegates from all over Asia coming to meet and discuss what we love the most; Special Education. Workshop on What makes an expat child grow?
Additional Speaking Information:
If you listen to the Total Education Radio show…go to about 45.17 into the radio show and you can hear me address the Pittsburgh (USA) radio population with Neil Haley, CEO of Total Tutor.
The Total Education Network airs educational talk shows 7 days a week. Please check out the blog for daily updates on where you can hear the show or watch the TV show.
Please listen to Julia address the NLCS on /feb 7, 2010
Readers who have the Book “Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child”