How do you maintain connection with family and friends back ‘home’?
One of the toughest aspects of expat life is keeping meaningful connections with our family and friends back in our ‘home’ country, wherever that may be!?!
Generally speaking, I am a pretty good communicator. I am one of those people who rarely misses a birthday, and I often get the girls to sing Happy Birthday as a video message if we are unable to call. Each year I aim to have my Christmas Cards delivered by the first week of December, traditional cards sent snail mail for the Aunts and Uncles and an email to family and friends all over the world. I also regularly message or call people if I am thinking about them, and sometimes it’s just to say “hey, I’m thinking about you”.
My kids are still little, and their cousins are reasonably little too (sorry Jacob!) So long as I plan something for them to do together when they first catch up, it breaks the ice and then they are OK together again. This past Christmas I took a gingerbread house kit with us, that gave the girls and their cousins something to connect over until they were settled and comfortable with each other again. It doesn’t take long, but it is easier for them (and me) if I do plan an ice breaker.
I work hard to keep connections with family and friends, especially when we only see them once a year or every couple of years. But even then, when we do catch up in person it’s not always easy.
Keeping connections with family and friends back ‘home’ takes planning and effort. How do you maintain connections? Please share your thoughts in the comments, I would love to hear from you.
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