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Tag Archives: expat children
Expat Brats: The Signs To Look Out For
My friend A was recently worrying whether her children were becoming expat brats. On a trip back to the UK, her sons were horrified when she got out to fill the car with petrol and insisted they wait for ‘the … Continue reading
Blond(ish) mum and son seek new friends
“I’ve got some great news Mum!” “What’s that?” I asked, raising my eyebrows a fraction. “Zaid and Ryan say they’re going to stay at school until Year 12.” Raptor smiled. “That’s good,” I said, and thought, “we’ll see about that.” Not … Continue reading
Posted in Parenting Tagged Dubai schools, expat children, expat friends, expat kids, losing expat friends Leave a comment
So how was your weekend?
It’s something you don’t expect to hear when you ask someone about their weekend. But with my son attending a school where at least 60 per cent of the students come from airline families (who get super cheap tickets), I’ve … Continue reading
Why dress-up days should be outlawed
First, let me just say that Son2 loves to dress up, and finds it a big thrill to go to school in anything other than his navy-blue shorts and pinstriped, button-up shirt. In his closet, you’ll find plenty of costumes depicting … Continue reading
Posted in Children, Dubai, Expat, Family, Parenting, School Tagged African Explorer Day, book character day, character day at school, children dressing up, children's costumes, costume days at school, dads getting involved with dress-up days at school, dads making costumes for school, dress-up days at school, Dubai schools, expat children, giant nerf gun, the challenges of having primary school age children, UAE schools 2 Comments
Silently stealing luggage space
My DH took the children away last week. I couldn’t go because of work, so I (rather forlornly) waved them off to Beirut, where their grandparents live. It was the first time I’d had to ‘let the boys go’, and … Continue reading
An 8-year-old’s embryonic blog
Thank goodness that, for Son1, at least, the days of bringing back half a rainforest of artwork are over. This week, he’s mostly brought home exercise books, rather than the artistic creations exploding with glitter and glue that used to … Continue reading
Posted in Children, Dubai, Expat, Family, Parenting, School Tagged an 8-year-old's weekend diary, Dubai schools, expat children Leave a comment
Class list Jenga
This week, many mums in Dubai found out which classes their children are going to be in from September. Each year (and for Son1, it is an annual event), the release of the class lists is an eagerly anticipated event. … Continue reading
Posted in Children, Dubai, Expat, Family, Friends, Parenting, School Tagged circles of friends getting broken up when classes are mixed up, class lists, Dubai schools, expat children, is mixing up school classes a good idea?, mixing up school classes, mum worried about her child not being with friends in new class, mums anxious about their children's classes being mixed up, teachers deciding next year's class lists 6 Comments
The ‘bear’-faced selfie
It was the moment Son2 had been waiting for since the beginning of the school year: The day he got to take Bernie, the class bear, home. Bernie arrived at our house in a bag, with his scrapbook – a … Continue reading
Why kids LOVE the lunar calendar
Despite the fact the two-month summer holiday is hurtling towards us like a steam train, Son 2 is now on half term. With only 15 school days left until the end of term, springing a half-term holiday on us now … Continue reading