Episode 13: Intercultural Parenting: Know What You Want and What You Don’t Want, with Denise Suarez

Do you have a partner from a different culture and are you raising kids? Or does your family live abroad? Denise, as a parenting coach specializing in intercultural parenting, knows from her own experiences that having an intercultural family comes with its peculiarities, particular challenges as well as rewards and joys.

In this episode, we chat about Denise’s own experience, cultural differences and tips for parents in intercultural families.

Denise shares her story, coming from the Philippines, having a Spanish husband currently living in Spain. She describes some of the cultural differences between life in Spain as compared to the Philippines and how that reflects in their own family.

We talk through expectations and how is it important to know what you like and dislike about a particular culture. This is not to be judgmental, but it’s about realizing what you want and what you don’t want.

Denise talks about the importance of intentionally creating your family culture, and having self-confidence as a parent knowing that you’re doing what you believe is the best for your child and family. We chat about how we shouldn’t take relatives’, friends’ and random strangers’ comments regarding different cultural approaches and our way of leading our families personally.

One of the unique challenges intercultural families face, unlike families coming from one culture, is multiple languages. We dive into how to prevent misunderstandings stemming from different languages and Denise shares about their family experience with Spanish and English.

We finish up the episode strong with advice on how couples can avoid conflicts in parenting and in relationships in general, by embracing the conflicts instead of avoiding them.

If you want to get some amazing intercultural parenting and intercultural relationship tips, pop in those headphones, listen to this episode and choose to Screw Being Unhappy!

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Website: https://denisesuarez.com/

Facebook group for intercultural parents: https://www.facebook.com/denisesuarezconcarino

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