How to cope so far away from home?

Heather - posted on 11/14/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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It's hard having a baby far away from home! How do you stay in touch with family and friends? Have you built a new network in the country you're living in? How do you best cope?

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Anne - posted on 06/03/2011

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I haven't lived in my home country in 10 years and most likely will never return. My husband has a different nationality. We don't live in any of out 2 home countries. We have 2 kids: 7 and 4 years old. We talk to our parents via Skype on a daily basis and we try to visit our families or have them come and visit every year. I pretty much live on facebook and skype.
The fact that my kids are school age helps a lot! Through preschool and now school, I have met a lot of other expat parents as well as local parents. My kids have a lot of friends, which in turn is good for me. ;)
Before my kids went to school, I would spend a lot of time at the local playgrounds, where I met other moms. Usually, there are one or two there that speak English. My best friend here I actually met at a supermarket when our kids started playing between the isles!

Rachel - posted on 05/18/2011

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I have a blog too but I use it more for my sanity ;)

For me it's skype and phone calls. I have met some foreigner Mommies at the park and we created our own facebook group to chat about things.

How long have you lived where you are?

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I live on Facebook and share as much as I can. I talk to my mom and friends on Skype and MSN. But I also don't think about "home" and have continued my life here. I went to university, got two degrees, met a lot of people, and threw myself into the local culture. I think it's much easier to adjust when you're not always comparing the place you're in to the place you're from.

Leah - posted on 09/14/2009

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I have a blog that I update with pics of what our family is doing and how my son is growing. They are only a few hours away right now, but I know after we move that they will appreciate the site even more. We also plan to do skype.

Kim - posted on 03/08/2009

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I'm bringing our Vonage modem so we will keep our phone number and can call the US and they can call us without racking up any international phone bills. Internet phone is great!

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I use MSN Messenger video calls and I email pics and also post them on Facebook. My parents were able to travel over for a few weeks after the birth and I hope to visit Scotland this summer.

Lorry - posted on 11/23/2008

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I haven't lived near my family in over 12 years, so I'm pretty used to not seeing them often. We've been doing internet chats and video for years, so the only real difference is dealing with those pesky time zones! I've befriended a number of other expats here, which has been great as Danes aren't so easy to get to know.

I'm very lucky because it so happened my mother retired this year and was able to come to Denmark for four whole weeks around my due date! She was a huge help in preparing the flat for our daughter's arrival and in the first week after the birth.

In addition to our video chats, I have set up a website where I post pictures, videos, and a blog of her development so my whole family and all my friends can follow along.

Heather - posted on 11/15/2008

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Yes! Isn't skype wonderful? Our baby girl already gets excited when she sees the computer because she thinks someone in there is going to talk to her! My mom actually threw me a "virtual baby shower" via skype. She gathered the whole family at her house and sent all the presents out to us beforehand. They got to watch us open all the gifts and see my big pregnant belly and we got to chat with everyone. It was fantastic! I'm not sure how we could live so far away without all the modern technology!

Julie - posted on 11/15/2008

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Hi Heather, have you got Skype? Its great, free video calls. I haven't moved yet but I keep in touch with my husband using skype at the moment, no more huge phone bills and we can talk as long as we like without worrying about the cost.

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