Culture Shock #1 The Safety of my Office Job is Gone

I’m not going to lie, the first couple of months were a big culture shock, going from a steady office job to being a stay at home at Dad for the first time is hard enough, but to throw in, literally selling every possession we have and moving to the other side of the world to a country that inspired the temperature inside an oven and starting everything from scratch, was not going to be easy.

We arrived a month before the school opened to allow the teachers to go in and make lessons, put up posters, drink tea etc. So, I had both L and T looking solely for me to provide a month’s worth of entertainment!

Malaysia doesn’t really have seasons, it has wet and dry periods but in the main, it’s about 32-35C (89-95F) every day. Thankfully to help combat this, most accommodations have an outdoor pool and our new home was no exception. Lifesaver! We would just go swimming every day, that would keep them entertained as well as turning them both into Olympic champions so when they’re older so I can live off them. Score!

But of course, you can’t go swimming all day, every day, no matter how hard I would try, I’d have to get more imaginative.

Baby in pool thrown in the air
A giant baby standing on the edge of the pool or a regular-sized one being thrown 10ft in the air?

L’s favourite game is to pretend to be a princess, you don’t actually have to move, you just make up a big, long story of princesses and princes and as long as the story has the following criteria…

  • Someone locked in the tallest tower in the highest building…
  • …with very very long hair…
  • …including a frog being romanced…
  • …whilst being asleep for a very long time…
  • ….before going to a ball…
  • ….and being a mermaid…

…all happening at the same time, you’re fine. But it needs to be a different story…each time… but include the same specific criteria… but a different story…

The problem is that T isn’t going to allow these sort of games, plus I’m absolutely terrible at it, I’d like to think I’m relatively imaginative but when it comes to this game, for some reason my mind goes blank.

So, what could I do that’ll keep them both happy? aha, a princess wears a crown. Let’s all make paper crowns, surely I can drag that out a few days, paint, stickers, pens, scissors, card, ribbon, everything!  culture shock? What culture shock?

It all went to plan and for the 20 minutes they were doing it, the kids loved it. The slight problem is I had splurged all my creative juices on one activity before the mid-morning snack on Day 1.

You can’t make crowns every day Daddy, keep thinking! 

Making paper crowns.
We loved making our crowns…..what are we doing next????

me@thestayabroaddad.com

I am a stay at home Dad, from England, living in Malaysia. Talking about how we survive the heat, the cultural differences, the lifestyle changes, the travel and lots more challenges that being a stay at home Dad in a foreign country brings.

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