I messed up.
Two nights ago I was lying next to my eldest son at bedtime and we were quietly talking about “Auntie Yvette” coming to South Africa to celebrate Thanksgiving as my husband read my youngest a story.
His voice piped up with excitement, “Thanksgiving! Do we get to carve a pumpkin?”
My eyes darted left and right in the dark. I gently explained, “Honey, pumpkin carving is for Halloween.”
Beating myself up for dropping the ball just two weeks prior, I asked myself, “How did I let this opportunity to make memories with my kids slip by?”
In this week’s episode of Expat Happy Hour we grapple with the challenges, identify ideal strategies and name the benefits of making holiday memories when parenting abroad with special guest, Lisa Ferland of Knocked Up Abroad.
Being the author of two book babies Knocked Up Abroad and Knocked Up Abroad Again, Lisa knows a thing or two about raising kids abroad. Not only that, she has been busy chasing little ones from the USA to Sweden. And when she is not running her business, she is getting published places like the Wall Street Journal Expat, ParentCo, Motherly, Good Men Project, and more.
Here’s a taste of what you’ll discover in this week’s episode, Making Meaningful Holiday Memories When Parenting Abroad – With Lisa Ferland:
- How to resolve the dilemmas that pop up when you are raising your kids outside of your own holiday traditions
- The big mistake I just made with my kids, my even bigger ah-ha moment, and how to prevent this from happening to you
- What you gain from being far away from some cultural traditions
- How to pass on YOUR cultural customs, even when it is hard
Holidays are a chance to make memories. Don’t let it pass you by.
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