Four things no Qatar resident should leave home without: keys, phone, wallet and a backup plan
Educating kids is a tricky business. There’s the obvious academic subjects like reading, writing and maths. Social skills like sharing, taking turns and not licking your knife.
Then there’s future-proof skills like coding, behavioural skills, a different language, or a musical instrument.
Every parent will have their own priorities, based on their upbringing, passions and the environment they live in. For my part, I didn’t learn many* culinary skills or receive even the most basic financial education, so these are two obvious gaps I’m determined to ensure my kids avoid.
One of the other lessons I’m really keen to teach my two – particularly Kid A, who gets an idea stuck in her head like gum sticks to your shoe – is that plans change.
As an expat this is an easy lesson to learn; adaptability is supposed to be one of our core skills, after all.
The expat’s world changes all the time: countries, schools, friends, languages, traditions, cultural norms and taboos, which side of the road you drive on…the possibilities and permutations are endless.
And then there’s the kind of micro-level day-to-day changes, the kind at which Qatar excels. Because life here forces you to have – and use – Plan Bs every day.