Families Thriving Abroad
The step by step process that will support
families to thrive on foreign shores
As a company who moves people abroad, I’m sure you’re already familiar with many of the statistics and anecdotal evidence. The major reason assignments fail (some suggest 70%) is because of the family’s inability to adjust.
Rob Chipman, President of FIDI and CEO of Asian Tiger Mobility in Hong Kong estimates the cumulative costs of a failed expat assignment is US$400,000.
In addition, research often reports organisational support for spouses on assignment as either inadequate or misaligned. One reason for this is that organisations do not have a good enough understanding of expatriate spouse experiences and attitudes to relocation.
So, you would be surprised at how just the right support at the right time can completely turn around an entire family’s experience abroad.
In this 8 week online program spouses will discover the key steps to take to ensure their family thrives when moving abroad. They will know exactly what they can do to ensure their family settles quickly and start making the most of the new opportunities, without confusion or overwhelm!
You’re a company about to send a family to a country that is not their own. You know the biggest hesitation is the concern about what this move will ‘do to their family’. As an employer, you want to feel confident about your decision to move this family abroad, you want to ensure they get the support they need, and reduce the overwhelm and stress that is associated with moving countries.
- A company sending a family for their first experience abroad, you’ve offered a lot of support regarding the move from tax implications to details around visas, flights and accommodation, but you want to go one step further and ensure this family feels supported through the experience of living abroad, beyond the logistics of the physical move.
- A company who has recently moved a family to a new country, while you can see that they are finding their way and starting to feel settled, you wish there was a way to make the transition faster. You need the assignee to be more productive in the workplace, and currently he is spending extra time supporting his spouse and family through the transition.
- A company that moves families often, but you’re finding it’s getting harder not easier with each move, you are looking to provide support and guidance for the families, what to focus on and how to get the most out of each new experience.
You’re in the right place and I’m going to tell you exactly how “Families Thriving Abroad” will provide the tools, direction and unparalleled support for the families embarking on a journey abroad.
By the end of this program, your assignee’s spouse will have:
- Completed the steps that will ensure their family feels settled, faster!
- Created a plan for themselves and know how to support their family when times do get tough (which inevitably they will)
- A comprehensive list of tips and tricks that will make their experience living abroad better than ever
- Developed confidence in themselves as a parent, and know exactly how they can best support their kids
- Leveraged a mix of online tools and apps to make their life abroad easier
- Implemented an action plan that will ensure they get the most out of their experience abroad
- Know how to parent in a foreign context without losing a sense of themselves
“My biggest concern was helping my daughter transition. Families Thriving Abroad was very helpful and provided me the opportunity to talk about it in a non judging atmosphere. The resources provided were great. And I found other mums who were having similar issues. Families Thriving Abroad is a great way to connect and also make a successful transition to a new culture.”
“I was stressed about my kids, I was constantly worried about their school lives and their well being. Families Thriving Abroad helped me to drop the guilty feelings, I know I am not the only one with this concern and I can trust that it will all be alright in the end. The fact that I could ask someone was nice, especially because people have kids in the same age groups. It provides a better start to expat life and even when this expat life has already started, you can still learn so much!” - Marlies
“I was stressed about my kids, I was constantly worried about their school lives and their well being. The support group helped me to drop the guilty feelings, I know I am not the only one with this concern and I can trust that it will all be alright in the end. The fact that I could ask someone was nice, especially because people have kids in the same age groups.” - Heather
“Before starting with the support group I was worried about arriving in a new country, supporting and sorting my family needs, making new friends, and finding time and things for me. The support group gave me focus and time along with the resources to help me”. - Emma
“I was struggling with feeling settled. Families Thriving Abroad helped me to know my problems were not unique. It is very helpful if you’ve just arrived in a new place and are wondering how to connect with people. The issues discussed broaden the usual conversation topics, so you’ll get more in depth feedback too.” - Jessica
The Basics Of Moving Abroad
Knowing and understanding the essentials of moving to a new country ensures you not only stay safe, but that you have the basics to start enjoying each new experience. The good news is, there are simple things you can do even before you depart your home country that will make everything easier.
- Learn the arrival essentials
- Identify the potential risks and learn how to mitigate them
- Know the best ways to start exploring your new home
Finding Your Tribe
One of the hardest aspects of moving countries is the feeling that you’re leaving everyone behind – your friends, your family, your normal support network. But you need not feel alone, finding your new tribe can actually happen really quickly, once you know where to look and how to connect.
- Identify the opportunities to create new connections
- Understand how to foster new relationships
- Know what tricks you can use to support your ‘whole’ family make new connections
The Necessity of Self Care
Self care is not a luxury, it is not something that can be ignored. If you don’t take care of yourself, you have nothing left in reserve for your family when they need you most.
- Learn why self care is so important when you life the expat life
- Understand what self care really looks like
- Identify ways you can take the pressure off yourself
Parenting in any situation is difficult, add living in a foreign context and there are days it can be completely overwhelming. But you need not let the overwhelm control you, there are simple tricks that can make life much easier and far more enjoyable. Your kids will thank you for it too!
- Learn how to respond instead of react
- Plan for the messy moments of parenting
- Know the pitfalls AND the opportunities social media present
Supporting Your Family
One of the biggest fears of moving to a new country is the impact the move will have on your kids. Rest assured, you are not ‘damaging’ your kids by moving to another country. In fact, they are likely to be more resilient as a result. But there are steps you can take to ensure your family gets the right support when they need it most.
- Understand the different levels of support needed
- Learn how to create your new normal
- Know the importance of creating memories
There is nothing worse than the feeling of loss. Perhaps you gave up your career for this move. Perhaps you see it as an opportunity to have more time with your kids. Perhaps you were looking for a change, but you weren’t sure what it looked like. Finding purpose in your life adds focus and positive energy to your experience abroad and I will guide you to explore what that might be for you.
- Learn more about purpose and what it actually is
- Know where you want to make an impact
- Start to create your own sense of purpose
Living in a foreign country can be challenging, not only because of the cultural differences but also because it’s so hard to say the things you really need or want to say. I call these courageous conversations, and I guarantee you will need to have these from time to time, so it’s important to know how to have one before you need to!
- Learn about what a courageous conversation looks like
- Get tips, tricks and phrases that will put you in good stead for your own conversations
- Understand how having important family conversations might change in a foreign context
Dealing With Overwhelm
There are days when you just can’t do anymore. Life gets too hard, too tough, whether you’re living in your home country or abroad. It’s Ok, this is normal. The good news is, there are steps you can take to manage and reduce the overwhelm you experience.
- Learn the secret to managing overwhelm
- Understand the simple steps you can take to reduce stress
- Know your own mindset and learn how to shift it
The 8 modules will work through the specific steps the assignee’s spouse can take to ensure they make the most of the experience abroad and empower them to show up as a better parent too.
They will be given access to one module per week so that they have ample time to dive into the lessons and executive that portion of the learning BEFORE moving onto the next. I do this to protect their time, attention and focus while sparing them from the intense overwhelm that stops most parents in their tracks.
They will receive 8 weeks of Live Q&A with me inside the Private Facebook Group to make sure they get their burning questions answered and can move forward with total clarity and confidence
Lifetime access to an active and highly supportive and private Facebook community with fellow students to make sure they get unstuck in a matter of minutes instead of weeks. In addition, this is a space to overcome isolation and constantly refill their motivation tank by connecting with other parents who ‘get’ the journey and are here to help
Overall, the course offers a safe space to get the support they need to refocus and refuel at critical stages of the journey
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“I felt like I was in a ball pit, all the balls were in the air and I just had to grab what I could. With Families Thriving Abroad, I realise you have to give yourself time to settle and prioritise. Recognise that you can change some things, but some is outside your realm and you have to let it go.” - An Expat Mum
I personally cannot wait to guide your assignee’s spouse during the 8 weeks of the course…
My family have spent the past 12 years in Asia and I have been an expat for over 20 years. Both our daughters were born in India, and raising our family in a foreign context has literally transformed my life and theirs.
I’ve experienced first hand what it feels like to move your family and settle them into a new country. Not once, not twice, but every 2 years we have moved! If you are a company, and you find yourself wanting to provide better support to your assignee’s family, you owe it to yourself to at least take a risk free plunge to see what your company can start doing differently!
Allow these families to experience first hand the richness that living abroad offers them and their family.
Should you choose to accept my invitation, I personally guarantee that this experience will be exactly what your assignee’s spouse needs. Drawing on my professional experience in Human Resources, including working in global mobility and my own personal experiences I have tailored this program specifically to ensure it delivers the right support at the right time.
I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss further.