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“I love how expats

really seem to want to

help one another make

friends; there are so

many support groups.”

“Expat children

can grow up

feeling less

attached to

their country of

origin.”

Not having your family

around is the toughest part,

but you learn to make up for it.

Your friends become a much-

needed support network, more

so than they would be if you

were at home. The biggest

pro is obviously being able to

have a helper. Even if we were

surrounded by family, they’re

not going to do my laundry and

free up time for me to spend with

the kids!

Zeina

I love what we’ve been

exposed to as a family. There

are so many opportunities

for experiencing, sharing and

travelling with your kids,

which is priceless. I also love

how expats really want to help

one another make friends;

there are so many support

groups. The hardest thing I’ve

found is not being near family.

Emma

The best thing is all the support from Facebook

groups, as well as coffee mornings. There are also

lots of activities available out there for stay-at-home

mums.

Desiree

I love the weather in Singapore, and the fact that

my children get to experience such amazing cultural

diversity from a young age. The hardest part about

living here is that it’s so far from our families.

Kasia

One pro is that your kids grow up in a

multicultural environment, which helps make them

more open to other nationalities and cultures. One

con is that you’re far from family, not only for the

help you can get from them but also the attachment

that your child could have to their aunts, uncles,

grandparents and little cousins. They may also

grow up feeling less attached to their country of

origin. I’m a product of this: being born in Vietnam

but growing up in France, I feel more French than

Vietnamese, which made my parents feel quite sad.

Now I understand their feelings.

Azizah

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