Holding the Fort Abroad

The podcast for expats with travelling partners

Synopsis:In this episode, I talk with Tanya Crossman about Negative and Childhood Experiences, feeling safe, and having a travelling dad. You will learn:00:00 – Large survey of adult TCKs compared to CDC Kaiser study for Adverse Childhood Experiences07:27 – TCK training educates and supports global families.10:25 – Childhood trauma includes abuse and household dysfunction.13:39 –…
Synopsis: Nanna Hauch and I talk about transitions and how the Hero’s journey can help geographically split families with multiple changes at the same time. Nanna is a licensed couple and family psychotherapist, now based in Denmark. She’s the founder of Expat Hero.  In This Episode: The Hero’s journey 01:31 Staying connected 08:56 “Transition Triggers…
Synopsis: Today, my guest is Patrick Kadian, an expat for 30 years, and also Mr. Mom (in his words). We talk about how he navigates being a dad with a wife who’s away a lot, how he has used his professional skills within his family life and how he has become more emotionally aware. In…
Synopsis: Florence Reisch, her husband and children have lived geographically apart for 7 years. We talk about the difference it made for her to prepare, what it was like for them. Living this life comes with expected and unexpected challenges and silver linings and we cover those too.   Florence Reisch is also known as ‘coachingwiththeflo’.…
Synopsis: Today my guest is Carlos Baker. We talk about his music, his new book, the challenges he went through in his childhood, surviving adult depression and being the primary parent in a new country. In this Episode: A challenging childhood illness: how parents and children can experience difficulties differently 01:00 Not being equipped for…
Synopsis: Today, my guest is Kate Berger. With Kate, we talk about the main message parents need to give to children, what to do when an older child steps into the role of a physically absent parent and the importance of learning to cope with change. Kate is a child psychologist and the founder of…
Synopsis: Dr Laura Anderson is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Common Chord Psychologist Services. She provides consultation services for multi-racial families, adoptive families, and families with gender expansive members, as they overcome barriers, derive strength from their differences and thrive. Additionally, she has a particular area of interest in supporting third culture children…
Synopsis: Today my guest is Kirsten Pontius. Kirsten is an expat, she is a wellness specialist. She works with individuals on their personal wellbeing but she also works with staff in international schools who are often forgotten! Kirsten and I met a few years ago in a workshop and we have recently reconnected. She gives…
Synopsis: Franziska is the founder of Be Happy Abroad. She’s a coach, passionate about supporting internationals. She has experience of frequent business travel, and after an initial conversation about what she does now and her experience, we’re going to talk about nutrition, intuitive eating more specifically, which is a key element for anyone, but especially…
Synopsis: Elizabeth has founded many businesses, she is a mentor, an author. She founded growatyourpace.com where you can find transformational courses. She is also the founder of Spoken Lives, where women share. She will tell us a little more about what she is doing now and Elizabeth has kindly agreed to share with us what…
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Welcome to Holding the Fort Abroad, the podcast for expats with travelling partners:

Holding the Fort Abroad is about sharing creative ways families have found to maintain relationships when a partner and/or parent works away from home a lot and how the non-travelling partner juggles the roles of home and their own pursuits. I interview expats who have experience, therapists and researchers and share my own tools for this life journey. Even if you don’t have a travelling partner, you will find gems in this podcast for your life.

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Download 'Living, Loving and Parenting Across the Miles'

Research-Backed Strategies When One Partner Works Away From Home. It covers:

  • Caring for you, as an individual
  • Staying connected as a couple
  • Parenting together, while physically apart
  • Reconnecting when the travelling partner returns home
  • Being prepared for emergencies
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