Like this tree, we all have roots that run deep.
Unlike this tree, our roots are not
When we move around a lot as a child, we can feel particularly ungrounded; unsure of where we belong and where home is.
How can children develop strong roots while moving and stand strong in their boots?
Roots with Boots will support your child tackle the challenges of moving and reap the benefits of the experiences that lie ahead.
Roots with Boots
Recently moved or moving with children? Below are a few resources that will help you support your child.
Roots with Boots
Roots with Boots offers workshops and presentation to families, schools to support a well-managed move with children.
Roots with Boots
Published books via Summertime Publishing. Available through Amazon and Book Depository.
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Reviews from leading experts in the field of global mobility
On B at Home: Emma Moves Again:
In this delightful book you have the solution for how to translate what we, as adults, know about the TCK experience , into language and concepts that children who grow up globally can relate to.
Ruth Van Reken, co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, and co-founder, Families in Global Transition (www.figt.org)
On My Moving Booklet:
Valérie Besanceney has come up with a perfect addition to any classroom that deals with the comings and goings of our citizens of the world. Not only will the child enjoy the beautiful emotions icons but they will be easily able to label how certain parts of this move is making them feel.
Douglas W. Ota, author, Safe Passage: how mobility affects people and what international schools should do about it, and founder and CEO, Safe Passage Across Networks (www.spanschools.org)
On B at Home : Emma Moves Again:
Beautifully written, B at Home: Emma Moves Again, is a must for parents, teachers and organizations that support global nomads. Adults who work families in global transitions will it added to their 'go to shelf'. tidbits such as "...home will never be one place. It will be constantly moving. Like the waves, like the beads in the kaleidoscope" has made this one of my favorite books!"
Jullia Simens, author, Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: practical storytelling techniques that will strengthen the global family.
SPECIAL OFFER: VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB
Month of September
B at Home
What does 'being at home' mean to you? At a time when many of us cannot leave home, let's read together and connect over a story of sudden change and how it sets us up for a journey of redefining 'home'.
Valérie Besanceney offers book clubs for children and adults on her children's book B at Home: Emma Moves Again. Emma is only ten years old, but has already moved twice. Now, her parents are telling her the family is moving again. She's furious, sad, nervous, and a little excited, all at the same time. Unsure of how to tackle these conflicting emotions, she turns to B, her faithful teddy bear. While trying to come terms with the challenges of another move, what Emma really wants it just 'be at home'. As the journeys of Emma and B unfold, home changes once again, but home also beings to take on a new meaning that Emma can take with her wherever she goes.
During these 4 session book clubs you will:
read a story that challenges the idea of 'being home'
learn about one girl's moving story through all the phases of transition
'bring home' discussion questions for the whole family
connect with other children or parents (depending on club), across the globe
have the opportunity to ask the author questions
4 sessions of 30 min each
a small group (7-12 participants)
includes Kindle version of book
includes chapter summaries with discussion questions
The weekly sessions are all online via Zoom and start at:
Kids: 2 PM CET, 8 AM EDT and 7 PM ICT
Adults: 3PM CET, 9 AM CET, 8 PM ICT