Home > Well-being & Health > Challenges

Challenges

Expat teenagers – how to cope with relocation

Expat teen girl beach

How to help your expat teen cope with moving Being a teenager can be wonderful and testing at the same time. Being an expat teenager can bring additional blessings and challenges. Expat teens go through the natural developmental challenges of ... Read More »

An expat child has many layers of influence

Model of the Bronfenbrenn's ecological systems theory. Picture courtesy of beststart.org

Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory This was mentioned in Rianne Cornelisse’s paper about how expat children adapt when returning home. What is the theory of Bronfenbrenner all about? In this model the child is the centre of its own system. The ... Read More »

An expat teen in trauma

Teen boy wearing a hoody looking angry or depressed

A mother’s love This is for all expatriates who are struggling as they parent a teen in trauma. It doesn’t matter that statistics quote 25% of teenagers self-harm. When it’s your teen, it becomes personal. It adds to the crisis ... Read More »

Help for parents of expat teens in crisis

Expat teen crisis Woman with her head in her hands and looking stressed and upset

Advice for parents of expat teenagers What helps us as parents live through a teen trauma and crisis journey? Here’s what Becky Matchullis, author of this moving poem, learned: 1. Don’t isolate yourself. It’s easy to do, especially if you ... Read More »

Perception on teens in crisis

Sad girl crying on phone Expat teen crisis self harm

Self-harm is a coping strategy, not the problem itself Another comment on the TCK Problems article was very insightful and could be of use to others experiencing mental health problems concerning their expat child. Rianne Cornelisse wrote the following: As ... Read More »