This past week Dallin Bywater (ES Counselor) facilitated a parent session that focused on supporting children as they navigate international life. In addition, the impact an international life has on a child and family. SIS believes that providing a holistic and well rounded approach to learning is vital to their success at school. Therefore a rigorous academic focus at school is best supported by ensuring the child is supported also in their emotional and social development.
Mr Bywater has shared some key points from this session below, in case you missed Tuesday's parent workshop or would like a review in brief:
• Children who live in a different cultural environment for a significant period of time are called "Third Culture Kids" (TCKs)
• TCKs have a unique personal culture that is different from their parents' culture, and different from the host country's culture.
• Through their incredible array of international experiences, TCKs develop advanced cultural understanding, social adaptability, and language abilities.
• TCKs experience grief process with each relocation and transition.
• Strategies to support children in the grief process include actively listening, allowing expressions of grief, helping children build meaningful relationships, and setting aside family time to provide stability to their changing worlds.