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Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: Practical Storytelling Techniques That Will Strengthen the Global Family Paperback – May 10, 2011
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"We all know that emotions are a key thread in the fabric of any family. As parents we are all too aware of our investment in the emotional wellbeing of our children, often to the detriment of our own. Julia Simens offers some genuinely insightful perspectives on how to raise emotionally literate individuals with a toolkit of strategies. With an easy and accessible style there is no assurance that following her advice will be easy, but there is every indication that it will work".
Julian Edwards, NIST Secondary Principal
After reading this book, I must agree that it is a "must read" for families traveling around the world. It addresses so many issues that are a huge benefit not only to the children but for the adults as well.
Not only is this book a benefit for families, I can see it as a useful guide for anyone working with children overseas such as teachers.
I highly recommend this book to any family considering moving aboard with children or for anyone dealing with children who have already moved aboard. It is indeed a very thorough and comprehensive guide!
My wife bought this book and shared it with me. Having work and lived in Europe and Asia with my children when they were in school, I wished I would have had this book back then. I could see after reading this book the things I overlooked and didn't see. So, for someone who has been there and lived the life, take it from me, this book can do alot to make life alot more easier for you and your family, especially the children.I still have friends that go back and forth and rest assured, I will be recommending this book to them for sure.
From the Author
My goal is to help parents connect with their own child or children and build on emotional vocabulary to help them enrich their lives. My passion for helping families thrive as they move around the world is the main driving force behind my work because my family has lived this lifestyle. Many branches of psychology embrace inherently optimistic views and have helped not only individuals but also informal groups and formal groups to get better at, and derive greater fulfilment from what they do. I wanted to give this ability to families. I wanted to do what I can do to improve a child's functioning within the context of his family and school.
My goal is to help parents create a family life conductive to learning, sharing and "mattering" to each other. If a family is able to communicate about their emotions they have less mix ups. Psychological maltreatments and miscommunications destroy marriages, friendships and parent-child relationships. Interactions between parents and young children are full of disruptions, miscommunication, and misunderstandings. We need to connect so we can repair.
As a counsellor, I operate behind the scenes, but often make the difference, for a child or a family, between a good transition or one gone awry. I assess problems that run the gamut from academic issues, socialization issues, general transition issues, isolation, to family break ups. I believe in the counselling connection and I believe in storytelling about your own life and situations to help your child understand. When a family has this connection with a counsellor it provides them the interpersonal opportunity to rework the narrative, to tell the details of their story and to plan if they want to make any changes.
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It is easy to connect with this book as it is written in a style that is very comfortable to read. It is as if you were having a conversation at the table over a cup of coffee. Not only is this book a benefit for families, I can see it as a useful guide for anyone working with children overseas such as teachers. This would help in helping children cope with being aboard and having to deal with a new, strange and different culture.
I highly recommend this book to any family considering moving aboard with children or for anyone dealing with children who have already moved aboard. This book is well written, very concise and very useful that can go a long way in reducing stress with the move. It is indeed a very thorough and comprehensive guide!
Julia Simens in Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child has done a good job in emphasizing the importance of considering both attachment styles as well as emotional resilience in this process. Being close to children and being attentive to their struggles to adapt to this new situation is essential to transform a stressful situation into personal and emotional growth. Thanks Julia Simens for explaining to parents and giving practical, the step by step guidance on how we can do that.