I hope this letter finds you amidst the unique journey of expat parenting, embracing the beautiful chaos that comes with it. As we navigate this adventure together, I want to take a moment to recognize the essence of being the parent you aspire to be – it’s a continuous, moment-to-moment practice, a dance of joy, challenges, and everything in between.
Expat parenting, much like any parenting, isn’t always a joyous parade. It’s more akin to a rollercoaster, with its exhilarating highs and challenging lows. But in the midst of this whirlwind, there’s an art to finding joy in the little moments – the unexpected bursts of laughter, the warmth of shared hugs, or the pure excitement in your kids’ eyes when you promise a simple lunch out.
Allow me to share a personal moment that brought me immense joy today. When I told my kids about our lunch plans, their faces lit up with pure happiness. It was a genuine expression of joy that reminded me – joy isn’t always grand; it often resides in the simplicity of shared experiences.
Expat parenting, much like life, is a continual learning journey. It’s about embracing the present, understanding that each moment we spend contributes to the beautiful tapestry of our family story. There’s a unique energy in realizing that joy isn’t a constant state but a collection of fleeting moments that, when woven together, create the fabric of a fulfilling and joyful life.
As we navigate the twists and turns of this expat adventure, let’s celebrate those little victories, find joy in unexpected places, and cherish the ordinary moments that make our journey extraordinary. Your passion, energy, and hope are the guiding lights that illuminate this path, making it truly remarkable.
And here’s a little secret for you – if your day, week, or the start of the year has felt challenging, you’re not alone. This expat journey can be lonely, but you don’t have to face it alone. I’ve launched the Parenting Circle for this very reason. Doors are closing tomorrow, 18 January, at 9h CET. In this inaugural session, we’ll focus on building emotional regulation muscles and experimenting with letting go of small things. The price for these four consecutive sessions is a steal at 200CHF. Sessions take place every Thursday at 10h CET and will run through 8 February.
Pssstttt….Don’t forget, the journey of expat parenting is made richer when shared. Join the Parenting Circle and let’s navigate this adventure together. Doors close tomorrow, so secure your spot and let’s make the upcoming Thursdays a source of support, learning, and shared joy. Looking forward to having you on this exciting journey!