How To Cope When Your Children Emigrate

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Finding out your children are planning to emigrate can be a scary experience, but there are plenty of ways to make sure you stay close.

There comes a time in every parent’s life when they can feel that their children are ready to leave the nest, and it can be a scary and bittersweet time for many, although most people are happy to see their little ones spread their wings. However, these feelings can be reawakened and massively intensified when you hear that your children have decided to move elsewhere.

These days there are more opportunities than ever for people to choose to relocate and try their luck in another country, and for many, this can be a wonderful and enriching experience. That doesn’t mean to say it isn’t often a difficult one, especially for those who are left behind. If your children are planning to up sticks, don’t feel as though you are being abandoned, look at all of the positive ways you can stay in touch instead.

In the era of mobile phones, saying hello to your loved ones is easier than ever. Simply knowing that your children have a mobile phone on them can be a great way to set your mind at rest, especially as they are such useful things to have should an accident occur. However, you may find that making phone calls to and from mobiles overseas racks up a massive phone bill very quickly. This means that mobile phones are, as a general rule, best used for emergencies or for text messages when it comes to communicating with kids who are living in another country.

Luckily, there are a number of other, much cheaper, ways for you to speak with your children over the phone. You may be able to get a good deal with your landline provider, or you may find the best solution is to sign up with a company that specialises in helping you enjoy low overseas rates. In fact, some businesses can provide you with services that will allow you to cut the cost of your mobile calls overseas as well as your landline ones, meaning you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

On the other hand, you could find that living far apart helps you open new lines of communication with your children. From traditional letters to email and social networks, there are plenty of ways for you to swap words, news and pictures with your family. Take advantage of everything from faster airmail to new online technology to ensure you always feel up-to-date with all of the developments in your children’s lives.

Of course, not only are you sure to be able to remain in touch wherever they go - thanks to everything from cheap calls to Australia to internet posts in Thailand - but you may also find yourself enjoying a few more holidays, complete with free accommodation, in years to come.

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