Expat Teens Talk: Peers, Parents and Professionals offer support, advice and solutions in response to Expat Life challenges as shared by Expat Teens
About the authors:
Dr. Lisa Pittman is a practising psychologist, who has worked in monocultural and expatriate settings. She counsels children, adolescents, and their families on a wide range of social, emotional, behavioural, and psychological issues.
Diana Smit is an educational therapist who supports the academic needs of international students as a result of their specific learning difficulties. She is the mother of three Expat Teens who only know expat life.
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“… a great new resource for expat teens and fills a gap in the resource market for this unique population … I like the fact that this book goes right to the target audience and sources real questions and answers from the teens who are currently experiencing the expat lifestyle … This book will hopefully help the teens find the good and wonderful experiences involved in this lifestyle, while helping them navigate some of the more difficult times they may go through on this journey.”
– Bronwyn Towart, B.Ed, M.Ed MAPS, psychologist working with teenagers in Australia
“Expat Teens Talk really is a great approach to deliver guidance in this manner and teens will find it easy to accept and relate to. I am absolutely convinced that this book is raising concerns, and providing direction, for questions that many teenagers are facing. The format of giving guidance from three different points of view is unique and very credible, and the teenager can take what he or she wants to from the responses. The book in fact has its relevance not just for Expat Teenagers, but for any teenager struggling to cope with moving from one community to another, or even one school to another.”
– Tim Nettleton, Geneva, Switzerland, works for a major educational organization and is the father of three daughters who each hold three passports and live a completely bilingual life.
“… I love the little blurbs throughout (‘Expat Teens say’) and the information at the end (related to statistics and resources and the mind map) is really, really great! I find the direct links in the comments helpful and timely for the reader. Great work!”
– Sharon Racine, Geneva, Switzerland, Advisor – Roots4Legacy, Crossing Cultures
“My goodness, I am impressed! You ladies have come up with a great concept, which has translated into a great book. It’s refreshing to have teens themselves expressing their concerns, triumphs and advice. The one-line quotes, in particular, were spot on. As I was reading I had a few moments of déjà vu! I’ve been an expat for most of my life, as a child, a teen, and a mother of three expat children, now all grown up. I’ve lived firsthand the numerous challenges, joys and heartbreaks my teens went through, and I know how important a good support system can be. This book certainly provides a lot of encouragement. I wish it had been available a few years ago. It goes a long way to reconfirm that expat life is sometimes a hardship, sometimes a gift, but always an adventure!”
– Michelle S., Dubai, mother of three Expat Teens