My grandparents lived with us. The first language we spoke was not English.
There are many communities that are closeknit so the culture and traditions kept. Even though we may be born in Australia does that mean I am to forget where I came from? And what is important to me and my family with our traditions?
Actually the biggest reason why people send their kids OS to spend holidays and other lengths of time is that the Australian govt has tightened visas for grandparents dramatically. Previously my grandmother would come for 3-9mth long visits. But the generous Howard govt changed the visa requirements and she wasn't allowed to come any more. So in order to still see her and we had to go live with her.
So your cousins have no intention of staying?
I'm just interested, it's not a leading question.
There's little pockets of different cultures everywhere.
I just find the idea of shipping your kids out to another country hard to grasp.
Do you think being shipped off for a number of years would help or hinder the life of a child here that was to make Australia home?
I can see the benefits on one hand, but if they intended to stay here I can't see a break in their education would help them.
But regarding the education etc - there are exchange programs where you live/study in another country for months/a year etc. That is considered a great opportunity (well it was when I was in school) and was not considered a detriment to education.
I would look at it as similar to that although you are with family and not strangers.
RAH - I would assume if the child/teen was not willing to go they would not be forced. If someone was forced against their will then I can see that being detrimental. But if they want to go then that could be an opportunity IYKWIM?
Oh also a random side note - when I went to Europe I visited the country where my family is from. It is hard to explain but it felt like home. Even though I had never been there before. The smells/language/behaviour etc was something I was so familiar with and seemed a part of me.
Usually I'm happy to leave things at one or two posts. However if people come back and quote and ask questions then what's the problem with answering?
If the clique (yes still going to use that term despite attempts to ban the use ) are allowed to continue discussion including by answering questions and raising new points ...if they are allowed to continue discussion by not changing their views... Then why can't I continue discussions by answer the questions? By raising new points And by my not changing my view?
My dad is from London originally and his whole family still live there. Each of the 4 times my parents had a new baby my English grandmother came to Australia to live with us for 6 months, we all moved there for 2 years and lived and went to school in London, my grandmother moved in with us in Aust when my mum was sick and dying, my brother and I spent a whole summer holidays with her in London during high school. Her house in London was never foreign to us, it was our home and our family and friends were there. I don't see how this is any different? We never went to daycare but grew very close to our family. I am grateful my parents gave us that. I don't see what the issue is here.
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