With so many people moving abroad, settling down and having children, many families are separated from loved ones by thousands of miles (see our last post in the series, 'Visit family but have independence'). As well as wanting children to know their grandparents and other relatives abroad, it's natural to hope that they'll feel a connection to your country. You may keep your customs alive by celebrating special holidays, cooking traditional food and talking about your childhood (if they show any interest!) but nothing beats spending time in your country with your children, showing them the sights and introducing them to a different way of life.
When my London born children were young, we had almost yearly trips 'home' to Canada, staying with my parents. On one memorable exchange holiday we were able to take the grandparents with us for a week in a lovely old cottage on its own private island, something that wouldn't have otherwise been affordable with the high cost of fares for a family of four.
Although Theo, the child in the following family, will only be two when he visits his mum's homeland for the first time, this trip is likely to be the start of many visits, making England seem like home away from home for him too as he grows up.
Perth, Western Australia: 'This is our first family home, and we instantly fell in love with the open living space, big west-facing verandah and the amazing location. We are planning a trip back to England over Christmas to visit family and would love the opportunity to "live" in southern England again. Theo will be two in December and is very much looking forward to seeing his mum's homeland!' See the young family's home for exchange in Perth.
Are you bringing up your children in a country a long way from your country of birth? Have you ever arranged a home swap 'back home'?