In Best Practices in School Psychology (2002), professor of psychology Frederic J. Medway notes that relocating can be more difficult for those family members, such as the accompanying spouse and children, who have the least choice in the decision. But how does a parent, educator or counsellor prepare a young TCK for a move in a way that makes sense to him/her? In B at Home: Emma Moves Again, author Valérie Besanceney employs a novel tool: a trusted teddy bear who dispenses both wisdom and advice to his young charge.
B AT HOME: EMMA MOVES AGAIN by Valérie Besanceney
B at Home tells the story of 10-year-old Emma and her teddy bear as they grapple with the news of a third relocation. As the pair moves through the stages of the family’s transition, we follow Emma’s concerns and realisations in parallel with the sage and comforting advice of the loveable B.
Author Valérie has experienced a total of 16 international relocations, both as a child and adult. ““Partly, I needed to write this story for myself,” she says. “But mostly, as a primary school teacher and as a mother, I feel a sense of responsibility to let children know they are not alone in their own search for ‘home’; that it’s great to celebrate the advantages of moving, but it’s also okay to acknowledge the challenges that come with it.”
Valérie hopes that the book will help younger TCKs in their search for ‘home’, whether they are moving “50 or 5,000 miles away”.
“… B at Home: Emma Moves Again offers clear strategies for parents, educators and others who work with TCKs, as well as TCKs themselves, on ways to translate theory into practices that help children navigate the chronic cycles of separation inherent in a TCK’s childhood.” – Ruth E. Van Reken, Co-author: Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds; Co-founder: Families in Global Transition, www.FIGT.org
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Valérie Besanceney is a quintessential third culture kid (TCK) turned adult. Originally Dutch, Valérie has changed countries a total of 16 times (including five times as a child). Today Valérie has made a home, together with her American husband and their two daughters, in Switzerland. She teaches Year 3 at an international school, where she creates a preparatory ‘Moving Booklet’ for each student that relocates. The real-life inspiration for the teddy bear character in B at Home today hangs out on Valérie’s bed (although he has since been sewn onto another bear to save what was left of him). If you also feel like home is somewhere in between here and everywhere, or if you would like to learn more about TCKs, please visit Valérie at www.valeriebesanceney.com.
Publication date: 9 April 2014
Publisher: Summertime Publishing
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-909193-45-1; price: £7.99/€9.99/$12.99
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