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Expat Teens Talk, Peers, Parents and Professionals offer support, advice and solutions in response to Expat Life challenges as shared by Expat Teens
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1. Dedications 2. Praise 3. Thank you 4. Foreword 5. Who is this book for? 6. How to use this book 7. Introduction Part I - PPP Feedback Chapter 1: Ambivalence about moving/expat life 'On the road - AGAIN!' 'There's no place like home?' Chapter 2: Challenges of moving 'Same, same, but different' 'Going local' 'I believe' Chapter 3: Stress and worries about grades, school and appearance 'Worry, worry, worry' 'Little fish in a big pond' 'Don't judge a book by its cover' 'Academics, athletics, expectations - oh my!' Chapter 4: Sex, drugs and alcohol 'Freedom can be hazardous to your health: everything in moderation' Chapter 5: Family relationships 'Lost in translation' 'Teacher/parent or parent/teacher?' 'A family apart' 'Role reversal' PART II - The Authors Respond Chapter 6: Dealing with trauma 'One day at a time' Chapter 7: What happens after Expat Teen life 'The only life I know' 'Finding my voice' Chapter 8: Alumni reflections 'Adapting over the years' 'Fitting in' 'Understanding identity and developing a sense of belonging' 'Growth and experience' 'Home?' 8. About the Authors 9. Acknowledgements 10. Testimonials 11. Expat Teens share positive experiences 12. Appendix Terminology and Definitions Profile of PPP Feedback Alumni Questionnaire Responses Mind Map WHO Statistics Demographic Information Questionnaire Statistics Questionnaire References Recommended Reading

About the Author

Dr. Lisa Pittman is a practicing psychologist who has worked in domestic (USA) and international settings. She is American, and her first international employment experience began in 2008 in Singapore, where she worked for a private practice. She conducts diagnostic assessments, and counsels International and Monocultural students and their families on a wide range of social, emotional, behavioural, and psychological issues. Her favourite activities include reading and traveling, and her favourite 'personal fun fact' is that she has traveled to all seven continents. Diana Smit (M. Ed. Spec. Ed.) is the mother of three Expat Teens (ages 14, 15, 17) who only know Expat Life. Diana's teenagers have never lived in either of their passport countries (she is Canadian; her husband, Peter, is Dutch) and are truly global citizens. Diana and her family have lived in many countries, including Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Egypt, Indonesia and Singapore. Diana has pursued a fulfilling career as an educational therapist, and she supports the academic needs of International students as a result of their Specific Learning Difficulties. Diana and her family have a passion for adventure travel. Their most recent trip took them to Churchill, a town alongside Hudson Bay. There, they had the incredible opportunity to kayak and snorkel with Beluga Whales, and to observe polar bears swimming in Hudson's Bay from less than one metre away.

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"Congratulations for developing a resource that gives internationally mobile teens hope and understanding about their world." Ian Moody, Head of Counseling, United World College of South East Asia, Singapore "Relevant not just for expat teenagers, but for any teenager struggling to cope with moving from one community to another, or even one school to another." Tim Nettleton, Geneva, Switzerland, the father of three expat daughters "A 'must read' for all teens, parents and business leaders involved in the increasing practice of living, growing business and people around the world. Compelling insights." Peter R. Hempstead, P&G, 1976-1999, Wm, Wrigley, Jr. Company, 1999-2008

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