Packing boxes on lawn outside house.

First Year Frustrations and a Severe Bout of Expat End-of-year-itus

I can tell the kids are tired and ready for a break.  For the last couple of weeks, getting them up for school has been increasingly tricky.  At the weekend it felt like herding slugs just convincing them to get dressed head out to the supermarket.  I know I’m ready for a break.  I’m feeling antisocial and crabby. Continue reading

Which School? An Expat Parenting Dilemma

Parents everywhere want the best education for their children.  However, when you move to a different country every few years, the decisions, trade-offs and problems multiply.IMG_3435

American School? British School? French School? German School? Local School? Home School? Boarding School? Anywhere-that-has-a-place-for-my-child-School? Which school is the right school?

This is a conundrum faced by many expat parents.

There are a whole host of factors to consider and I’m sure I’ll have more to share on this subject in future, but in the first instance I’m including a nifty little table I’ve put together to assist you in working out which grade/class/year equivalent your child may fit into moving from one system to another.  It’s something I would have found useful to have over the the last few years, so I figured it might help a few other people too. Continue reading