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    September 10, 2008

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    Corinne

    I had my son here, so he got all the Brazilian germs from the get-go. He is pretty healthy, but does get a string of colds in the winter (but that probably has more with being in daycare than anything else). The changes in humidity make a difference. We moved to Costa Rica from California when I was 15 and it does take the body a little while to adjust. I am not sure that the ex-pat kids are sicker than the Brazilian ones (but I know no ex-pat kids).

    I am not part of an ex-pat community, so I don´t have a mom support group, but kids give you an instant "in" and something in common with others and I have developed friendships with the moms of my sons classmates in daycare.

    One thing that I find frustrating is the options for childcare. I have my son in daycare but have no support on the weekends or evenings, so forget a night out with my husband). This is a role usually played by the live-in nanny or extended family. I miss not having the option of a babysitter.

    I agree that Brazilians like kids and cater to them. One neat thing is that a lot of restraurants will have play areas and some even have special employees to entertain the kids while Mommy and Daddy eat lunch/dinner.

    While adapting takes some time, I know that my experience in Costa Rica as a teenager was invaluable and think that the foreign exposure is really good for kids.

    Typ0

    The biggest problem with expat kids is they get incredibly used to the lifestyle of having people adore them, having maids and drivers, and everything else that goes along with that. It creates kids and teens that have a hard time adjusting to the real world when and if they have to return.

    Of course the same holds true of adults. But that's hardly the point. :p

    DRL

    I think it is a great way to make kids more well adjusted (including yanking them back into the real world), and tell a lot of the moms I know (when they are having doubts about the situation) that their kids will thank them for this opportunity and experience some day! I mean it's even a good job interview topic, etc. and shows character, culture and resilience! (Even if that is not in fact the reality, it implies it).

    Mika

    Since you mentioned it, the American School in Rio really scares me. It's really scary to see all those 7 year olds talking on their cellphone and giving orders to their drivers. Almost every single kid in this school has a huge entourage and I just find it weird.

    The other private schools in Gavea are still expensive but they're not an exorbitant amount and it's a much more usual environment.

    Daily Rio Life

    For interest's sake of those who read the blog - which schools are these?

    Mika

    In Gavea the best schools are Teresiano and Escola Parque. Like most schools in Brazil, they go from kindergarten all the way to the last year of high school. They're not bilingual though but they're very good schools.

    Daily Rio Life

    Thanks that is great info. Not bilingual = just Portuguese?

    Mika

    Exactly. Just Portuguese. But kids in Brazil, from what I've heard, are welcoming to kids from other countries and very curious about it.

    Daily Rio Life

    Thanks!

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