You know this nagging feeling when you are spending time apart from your baby? The feeling of guilt that might come over you when you invest in a babysitter just to do something for yourself? The often painful decision to leave your child to daycare to go back to work. In this article, I want to introduce you to the concept behind called mum guilt. You will learn that it is universal and you will learn how changing your approach on HOW you spend time with your kid can make all the difference.
The Expat Partner’s Blues: My Top 7 Proven Tricks
The expat partner's blues: my top 7 proven tricks
If you are new to the role of the anExpat Partner, the new culture and potential lack of work can be a bit overwhelming. I know what I am talking about. Being an Expat Partner myself, in my early 30s, without kids and no work at the beginning I can speak from my experience.
Most of the days, living abroad in a new culture is amazing and really rewarding. But somedays, especially when there is another setback with authorities or work, it is helpful to be reminded of the good things.
Out of my experience I have put together a small guide of 7 proven tricks. These are your tools to overcome the Expat Partner’s blues. They all work for me and I hope you find them useful when you are in a similar situation. Sure some tips are obvious. However, everyone who has had a bad day can tell, that sometimes we don’t do or think about things even if they are very obvious. Also I feel it makes sense to have a nice reminder printed out to remember the basic recommendations.
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