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NOTES FROM THE COUNSELLOR – Edward Woods, T.I.S. Counselor K1 – G8

On Tuesday we had a very interesting seminar and discussion about transitioning. Here is a synopsis and a link to the presentation.

The Only Thing that does not change: is Change!

One of the characteristics of children that attend international schools, is that their families move often. That means that they as well as their families must deal with issues that surround the subject of Change!
There are any number of factors that effect the success of making a change. For some it is easier than for others. That can happen within a family. Some family members seem to thrive on movement and change whereas others may find it very stressful and uncomfortable.

There are a number of “tips” that may ease the cultural adjustment.

• Travel in a spirit of humility with a genuine desire to meet and talk with local people.
• Maintain a sense of humor.
• Cultivate the habit of listening and observing, rather than merely seeing or hearing.
• Know that culture shock is a part of the process of adjusting.
• Go out; see people; do things.
• Be aware of the feelings of local people to prevent what might be offensive behavior.
• Stay healthy (get plenty of rest, eat well and exercise).

There are a number of “tips” that may ease the shock of moving for your children as well.

• Be positive. Children can pick up the parent attitudes.
• Try to keep a schedule if at all possible. Stress often comes with change. Structure and predictability offers security and comfort.
• Ask open-ended questions and then be available to listen to your child.
• Encourage on-going contact with old friends and family members that they have left.
• Recognize and accept that everyone experiences adjustment issues in some form and to some degree.
• Be patient. Roots grow slowly.


WORKSHOP OFFERING: Managing Transitions

For those of you that were unable to attend the workshop on Tuesday, May 10th, I have included the slide presentation here so that you might be able to take advantage of some of the ideas that were presented. I, of course, am always available to you if you would like to make an appointment to see me and discuss your upcoming move and the challenges that you think you will be facing.

Ed Woods