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    Here is a question for expats here, particularly the ones with family and kids. How do you juggle work and family?

    My dilemma is I have small kids and want to raise them in the States. There were a couple of good opportunities in Asia (China / Singapore) in the past but they all required relocation. Today just got another very good lead but before I even seriously consider it, i have to figure out what I need to do with my family and how to juggle work in China (or Asia Region) and family in the US.

    I heard of crazy stories of “international family” where the husband is working in China while the wife and kids are in the U.S. The idea is ridiculous to me. Because it is not a matter of financial reward or career growth, it’s about quality of life and happiness of your family. So my question to you expats out there, how do you juggle work, family, and kids? I am out of ideas.

    #5363
    Anonymous
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    Here is a question for expats here, particularly the ones with family and kids. How do you juggle work and family?

    My dilemma is I have small kids and want to raise them in the States. There were a couple of good opportunities in Asia (China / Singapore) in the past but they all required relocation. Today just got another very good lead but before I even seriously consider it, i have to figure out what I need to do with my family and how to juggle work in China (or Asia Region) and family in the US.

    I heard of crazy stories of “international family” where the husband is working in China while the wife and kids are in the U.S. The idea is ridiculous to me. Because it is not a matter of financial reward or career growth, it’s about quality of life and happiness of your family. So my question to you expats out there, how do you juggle work, family, and kids? I am out of ideas.

    #5651
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    Why do you have to leave your family in the US? Especially if the kids are quite small, wouldn’t it be great for them to live in Shanghai¬†for a while?

    I spent 5 years in Africa with my parents when I was little (age 4-9). I think it’s a major advantage for the rest of my life…

    Definitely living anywhere with both your parents is better than living in the US with daddy being away 11 months of the year.

    #5652
    Anonymous
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    Why would you NOT want to raise kids in China?

    It has 5,000 years of history, delicious food AND it won 51 gold in the Olympics Georgie.

    Plus, given all your posts about how the US is “bad” and how its media “harasses” the poor victim China, I’d like to think no one would like to raise their kids there…

    Hypocrisy?

    Hmm….

    #5653
    Anonymous
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    Thanks for your reply. I didn’t say I would leave my family in the US. What I said in the first post was the “international family” model is a bad idea.

    #5654
    Anonymous
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    Not sure to follow your question here Georgie.

    You got an offer to move to China/Asia? You dont want to leave the family in the US, good! You seem to be Westernized by now (so common Chinese men leave their family somewhere and enjoy a life of whoring in another city).

    So are you asking us whether China is liveable with a family? Most of us have families here, doing well, it isnt more difficult than anywhere else – in fact much easier with ayis etc.

    #5655
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    ^ Hey, /profile/89-cambronne/?do=hovercard” data-mentionid=”89″ href=”<___base_url___>/profile/89-cambronne/” rel=””>@Cambronne, thanks for the answer. Well, wife has shot it down.

    We are pretty much settled here in the States. The position (execu) is a good fit but has high pressure with an aggressive growth target in APAC.

    Requires relocation to Singapore or China ( Beijing ) and 70+% travel. I know what you mean. To me, there are many things in life you can’t put a price tag. Family happiness is priceless.

    #5656
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    Let your family live with you, the small children can easy learn Chinese language, by the way, they can learn more Chinese culture, it is good for them in the future,.

    You can also care for them.

    Just personal opinion

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