Foreign Service kids are so blessed with a fantastic life of adventure and culture—and some really thrive in this kind of dynamic environment. But as a parent, you know that the Foreign Service also comes with certain challenges for our children too.
Transitions can be stressful and some kids might struggle with the constant changes brought on by each new post. Being uprooted every couple of years can also deprive children of a sense of belonging; they may struggle to maintain friendships and could even find it difficult to find their identity as a third-culture kid.
Our kids’ lives are so unique, the challenges they face are some their peers back at home could even fathom. That requires some specific and strategic problem solving—and thankfully, there are so many resources available to us as FS parents, including parenting coaches.
Parenting coaches provide tools, ideas, and support to help us help our children through any problems they may face. On top of that, they can help you be the best parent—especially during transitions. And what’s great is that there are several parenting coaches who specialize in helping foreign service families.
This is actually something I’ve been personally looking into for a while, even more so since my own family has moved across the world to a new post in the last year. Here’s a round-up of a few foreign service parenting coaches who I think would be incredibly helpful to our FS community families!
I’ll be welcoming a few of these parenting coaches to share their insights in our Toolbox for American Abroad Facebook Group! Join us now so you don’t miss a thing! www.facebook.com/groups/ToolboxForAmericansAbroad