We can help our children get through their school years, their first heartbreak, learning to drive and help them get to grips with getting older, but when they decide to head overseas and discover the world and a bit more about themselves, it’s normal for us parents to feel a little concerned.
It’s not always easy to support your children (no matter how old they may be) whilst they’re overseas or on the other side of the world. Heading abroad means potential language barriers, culture shock, independence and of course homesickness. All of these things are enough to keep any parent awake at night.
Thankfully, there are some ways parents can support their kids overseas. Read on to find out more.
Sometimes unexpected money issues can arise when we’re overseas and being there to help them out of a sticky financial situation, or allow them to treat themselves can bring a lot of comfort to parents. Transferring money abroad can often be complicated and expensive, especially if you fail to compare transfer rates – for more information on how to send money to Australia from NZ, click the link.
Don’t get caught out by extortionate fees or unreliable providers. Always conduct plenty of research before you move your money.
Schedule a weekly time to catch up
Being able to catch up and see each others’ faces can bring great comfort and support to both of you. Especially if your child is feeling a little homesick. While it’s important to give your child space when they’re exploring the world and having their own adventures, there’s also an element of safety to consider. If you schedule a time to chat and catch up each week then you can take into account their plans and take comfort from the fact they’re clearly enjoying themselves.
Try not to project your own doubts onto them
It’s easy to say that you miss them greatly, it’s part of being a parent! However, telling your child that you miss them and you can’t stand them being away from you, how you’re worried they’re not coping or how you want them to be safe at home can cast doubt over their travel plans. It might not be intentional, but you could be knocking their confidence. Just let them know that you can’t wait to see them when they return!
Go through their budget with them
If this is the first time your child/young adult has had any kind of independence, they may need help with their budgeting. Money is spent incredibly quickly overseas, so helping them budget how much they’re going to need and how they can save money during their travels is a simple yet effective way to support them.
And finally, do you own research
Often, it’s the fear of the unknown that has us worried. And the idea of your child heading off to a foreign country you know nothing about can ring all kinds of alarm bells. The best way to combat this is to conduct your own research into their destination. Find out what’s so great about it and why it’s so popular with backpackers. Don’t be tempted to look into the negatives of their chosen destination, you’ll find those in any country!
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