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My boy turns 3 in a few months time. Being born to parents who live an expat life away from Home, I have always been worried about how my son would develop his love for his motherland. We as parents always try our best to instill in him the values of our culture even when we live away from home. One of the major steps we do at home everyday is, we always talk to our son in our Mother tongue. I believe that is one of the most important thing we can do as Expat Parents for our kids. Because language is one factor that would help them mingle with their loved ones back home. It also strengthens their roots.
Another important thing we try to do is take him home for as many times an year as possible. An as I write this, now we are enjoying our vacation at home in Kerala. It’s been just around four months since our last vacation at home. And we are happy trying to balance the good and the bad of the expat life and life here in Kerala. My hubby is a great Fan of the Temple festivals of Kerala. And we schedule most of our vacations, so that we get to experience the worldfamous Thrissur Pooram and our very own close to heart Koodalmanikyam Temple Fest every year. In my post of 7 must watch Ulsavams (Temple Festival) of Kerala, I had mentioned about our deep rooted love for Koodalmanikyam Temple Festival. My hubby grew up to the beats of this Temple Fest. I had never been a fan of Temple Festivals, until I got married to this man, who made me fall in love with him and his love for the Melam, Vedikettu (Fire Works) and the Elephants. Just like he instilled in me the love, I see the same vigor and spirit when he hears the beats of the Melam in my son too.
This vacation we are also right in time for Vishu, (Our traditional Festival). I feel happy to see my boy enjoying every new experiences of his homeland on every day of our vacation.
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I want to help my boy learn from his new experiences every day we spend here. He gets to meet so many new people, he gets to be loved by his Grand parents and our loved ones. Gift your kids the right experiences to help them grow. And that is what we are trying to do. His everyday now comprises of playing around our home, wetting himself in the garden pipe, playing in the mud, visiting the Temple in the evening, running around. He is experiencing the REAL life.
While I love seeing all that energy and happiness on my boy’s face, I am not against Expat Life. There is always the good and the bad side to every thing. I love our busy and eventful Kerala vacations and at the same time I love the easy life we have back in UAE. More on the good and bad sides later.
Coming back to the question we started off with. Can Expat Life take away Home from our Kids? If we as parents try our best to remain as close to our home as possible, so would our kids be. We are trying to put in as many efforts as possible to balance the good and the bad of the Expat Life for our boy without losing his love for our Home.
What do you do to help your kids keep in touch with their Roots? Do let us know!