6 Ways Expat Life Will Benefit Your Kids
Posted by Dannielle Noonan
Moving abroad is stressful, and starting a new life in an unfamiliar country with your children even more so. If local schools aren’t suitable, you will probably send your children to an international school so that their education is not disrupted during your international assignment or new life overseas.
It’s easy to focus on your worries about your child settling in, but have you thought about all the benefits of living overseas in early years and how the education experience abroad could aid your child in future? Whether they’re a ‘Third Culture Kid’ or temporary expat child, they will excel in areas children who don’t experience other lifestyles cannot. By simultaneously indulging their childlike sense of wonder at new experiences and helping them mature through understanding, expat life can foster well rounded kids brimming with stories!
1. They will have friends from all over the world
A bucket load of sofa’s to sleep on for future jaunts around the world, a better grasp on how cultural stereotypes differ from reality and a human frame of reference when other countries are mentioned are all part of the expat child package.
2. Exposure to other cultures
This will breed an attitude of acceptance and understanding that serves them in later life as well as in the classroom. Having an increased awareness of how people live around the world by seeing it first hand is a huge benefit of growing up overseas. Being able to respect other people, their beliefs and values will take your child far.
3. Language learning
English may be a universal business language but being able to communicate in other languages will never be a bad thing. It opens up more job opportunities and develop linguistic skills as well as exercising new parts of the brain.
4. An interesting life story
People who are asked where they are from and have to take a while to explain are infinitely more interesting. They will be attractive to employers because time spent abroad signals good life experience and intellectual stimulation.
5. Social skills and adaptability
Most people aren’t thrown into a new environment full of strangers and forced to carve their way until they leave home for University. By living abroad, your child overcomes these challenges much earlier in life, before other constructs of his or her reality are developed. This puts your child at an advantage and means they will be the one making things easier for others in uncomfortable new situations.
6. You may raise a Mathematician
Children who live abroad become Maths whizzes. Between working out currency exchange rates, time differences to skype their friends around the globe and adding up the different countries they’ve visited, expat life breeds number skills. Expat children have also been proven to have better problem solving skills, perhaps thanks to experiences that force them to evaluate how something can and should be done.
If you’re planning a move overseas or are already settling into expat life, you should purchase an international health insurance plan that is compliant in the country. Our advisors will speak to you about your needs and help you find a plan that covers the whole family. Our advice is 100% free and completely impartial. We are regulated in the UK by the FCA.