Raising Global Teens

Q:  How can we raise our teens to thrive in a busy, mobile and diverse world?

A: Read Raising Global Teens, due out 2020

Adolescence is the perfect storm. During puberty, kids experience a cascade of physical and psychological changes in addition to issues such as depression and alcohol use. With globalization, adolescents have more exposure to new cultures, communities, mobility, and transition both physically and virtually. Globalization has led to more teens who have moved countries or changed communities during their childhood, are children of immigrants, or are expats. It has also led to more children like my own, born to parents from different ethnic backgrounds. Kids raised in such a mobile diverse world have significant benefits in terms of exposure to language, empathy, adaptability. However, they also may struggle with issues related to belonging, resolving conflict, addressing grief and progressing evenly through adolescence. This may be particularly challenging when it occurs during a time when there are significant issues related to identity formation and self-esteem.

ABOUT RAISING GLOBAL TEENS

 This book will provide important tools and strategies for parents, caregivers, and educators to help modern-day teens build resilience and successfully navigate adolescence. Raising Global Teens combines real world questions, practical examples, expert interviews and simple explanations grounded in research and science by an experienced pediatrician, and is written by a teen health specialist who has worked with young people addressing just these issues in a global context. Raising Global Teens starts with important basic concepts regarding global adolescence, puberty, and the teen brain, progresses to more difficult subjects such as substance use, depression, social media, and sexuality, and ends on a positive note with how to best to communicate with cross cultural teens, equip them to handle stress and build self-esteem and resilience. This book will be an easy-to-read handbook for the busy, modern-day parent, caregiver, or educator of a global teen. Raising Global Teens will be published by Summertime Publishing in Spring 2020.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Dr Anisha Abraham, MD, MPH is a board certified pediatrician and adolescent health specialist with 25 years of global experience.  Anisha treats and counsels young people with a variety of issues including social media use, drug use and stress.  As a recognized educator, Anisha provides training on adolescent health and wellness to faculty, teens and parents.

During her career, Anisha has served in a variety of roles including as Chief of Adolescent Medicine, a Lt Colonel in the US Army, and Medical Director of a school-based clinic. Anisha is currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is on faculty at the University of Amsterdam and Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.  On a personal note, Anisha knows what it’s like to face an ever-changing social landscape. She grew up in the United States as the daughter of South Asian immigrants and has lived with her husband and two kids in Asia, Europe and the US for the last ten years. She understands first-hand the challenges of moving from place to place with a family and experiencing different communities. She recognises that teens need tools and strategies to handle life’s challenges, be resilient and thrive in today’s fast paced environment.  As a physician, educator, and parent, Anisha helps teens to discover their strengths, focus on their wellbeing, and successfully navigate a changing world.

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The Experts Agree – This Messy Mobile Life is Outstanding

“An outstanding new addition to the global family literature.”

Robin Pascoe, author

“This Messy Mobile Life is a wonderfully welcome addition to the mobile, cross-cultural and ethnically diverse community. Mariam honors one of the TCK ‘tribal elders’, Norma McCaig, deftly adapting the Mola layered artform into an image and a tool for adaptation and integration. Increasing family complexity meets powerful resource!”

Michael V. Pollock, Director of Interaction International, founder of Daraja TCK, International Educator, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds 3rd Ed.

“Every now and then, a book comes along that leapfrogs ahead of others on similar topics. Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore’s accessible, engaging and thorough This Messy Mobile Life IS that book. No matter who or where you on your cross-cultural journey, you will be able to tease out strands (or chunks) of your own messy, mobile, multiple-multi, MOLA life in its pages. Simply stunning.”

Linda A. Janssen, author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat

“This is a perfect and honest go-to book for globally mobile families filled with practical advice brought to you through the intimate stories of Mariam’s family experiences. An inspiring guide on how a family can embrace the mobile life and thrive.”

Kristine Racina, Executive Director, The Expatriate Archive Centre

“Family members are unique when looked at in isolation but when the family unit is woven together it represents acceptance, tolerance, and unity. Ottimofiore’s MOLA is a great example of this. Having a technique for mixing multicultural identities and the permission to know that not everything needs to be equal to create a beautiful family tapestry is priceless.”

Julia Simens, author of Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child

“This book will make thousands of expats more secure in their messy lives! Mariam beautifully weaves her personal experiences with the concept of a MOLA to provide a practical guide for global expatriates.”

Christine Sperr, Managing Director Middle East for Santa Fe Relocation

“An outstanding book on how to raise a multicultural, multilingual, and multi-mobile family. Most informative and filled with practical suggestions. I loved the family stories, meaningful activities and the advice from the experts in the field peppered throughout the book. A fascinating read!”

Lois Bushong, author of Belonging Everywhere & Nowhere

“Expat families are more often than not a mélange of nationalities, cultures, religions, and anguages. This Messy Mobile Life deals with these complexities, and using the metaphor of the mola, helps the reader to design their own beautiful and colorful expat lives.”

Rebecca Grappo, President, RNG International Educational Consultants,  www.rnginternational.com

“Mariam boldly addresses the challenges and complexities that come with being a globally mobile family. Armed with insight, expertise, and practical methodology, Mariam has untangled what can seem daunting and guides us through the process of sculpting the beauty of an international, crosscultural, multilingual lifestyle more and more people are embracing.”

Christopher O’Shaughnessy, international speaker and author of Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between

“In This Messy Mobile Life Mariam invites us to step into the space where chaos can turn into order and upheaval into beauty. This book reminds globally mobile and culturally diverse families that we can create an amazing MOLA of life from the many layers of ourselves we call home.”

Jodi Harris, Expat Coach and Mindfulness Teacher at World Tree Coaching, LLC and co-author of Kids on the Move

“A brilliant untangling of the complex situations and perspectives that multicultural families face. A blueprint for mobile families to transform a mess of cultural identities into a masterpiece.”

Lisa Ferland, author of Knocked Up Abroad

“This Messy Mobile Life beautifully weaves together story and instruction, giving us a remarkable tool for the global journey. Mariam’s voice emerges as authentic, wise, and strong as she speaks into this complicated yet extraordinary expat/TCK life. This book will soon be on the shelves of expats and third culture kids around the world, as well it should be.”

Marilyn R. Gardner, author of Between Worlds & Worlds Apart

“Mariam shares the beautiful story of her multicultural, multilingual, globally mobile family in her engaging writing style and gives tools to readers through her MOLA framework to transform a possible mess into a beautiful design to own, personalize and wear with pride. Her advice is supported by research, enriched with stories from other global families and addresses real-life scenarios. Highly recommend this book to everyone who lives a globally mobile life or supports those who do.”

Tamania Jafri, TEDx Speaker on Language and Identity and writer at UrduMom

Insights and Interviews from #FIGT18 – Out Now!

 

Insights and Interviews from the 2018 Families in Global Transition Conference: 

Diverse Voices Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Globally Mobile Lives

When a conference is as great as FIGT you want to remember all that you learned and were inspired by during the Keynotes, the Concurrents, the fast-paced Lightning Sessions and at the Kitchen Tables. It’s impossible to attend every session and for many it is impossible to attend every conference. This book, compiled by the Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residency team, will bring the event back to life complete with its experts, its insights and conversations. You know that this, the fifth book in the series, deserves a place on your bookshelf.

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