moving to a new country - any tips?

Neeter - posted on 03/18/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )




Hi! wondering if any of you have made the move to the US from another country, and have anything to share from your experience that helped the little one (s) settle in and other info you would like to share on getting the whole family to the US. We're coming from Australia.


Raye - posted on 03/18/2015




Depending on what part of Australia you're coming from, and what part of the USA you're moving to, there might not be any culture shock or there might be drastic differences. Even moving within your own country, you have to adjust to the new surroundings. I was born in a rural part of Tennessee and moved to a large city in Ohio when my parents divorced (I was 6). I don't remember being teased much because of my accent, but I know I was because I lost it really quickly so I would sound like the kids around me.

Your kids may find out that other kids who watched Finding Nemo think the accent is cool, or they may get teased for having different words for things (like your word "rubber" means "eraser", but here "rubber" means "condom"), stuff like that. We've had people on this forum that got upset over a baby's "pacifier" being called a "dummy" and a "diaper" being called a "nappy". In some countries, saying "colored person" is the respectful term for a black person, but here in the US it might get you punched. So you never know what someone might take offence to or tease someone about.

If you have more specific concerns, please let us know so we can offer more practical advice.

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