However difficult it may seem, it's an invaluable experience for all.
Older children are more likely to understand your reasons for moving overseas and appreciate the many wonderful experiences that living abroad offers. They may even be excited about planning to visit you.
However, you may still face challenges. If you have children away at school, they’ll need to make other arrangements for their holiday and summer breaks, and moving home after graduation will no longer be an option. In the end, your moving abroad may help them become more independent and responsible.
Older children who are living on their own or have started a family may be concerned about being so far away from you, especially if your family is used to getting together often. Reassure them that you will keep in touch by email and phone, and take advantage of free or low-cost Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services that enable you to talk live via the internet and see who you are speaking with. If possible, plan a reunion in your new country or meet somewhere in between.
Of course, your children may very well decide that they’d like to move with you. College and university students may want to explore overseas options for their education or plan a study abroad program in your new country. Grown children of all ages may welcome the opportunity to experience living abroad. If they have children of their own, exposure to another culture can be a wonderful experience for the entire family.
Crown has successfully helped families with older children prepare for an overseas move and ensure that everyone’s needs are met. We’re happy to share our expertise!