By Julianne Price
Summer is here again! Popsicles, pools, parties, and—drumroll please—PCS-ing!
For those of us who move more frequently than we buy new running shoes, summer transfer season is as normal as June sunburns. But just because it’s routine, doesn’t mean it’s easy. Packing up, researching a new home, and trying to help our children manage their expectations while we temper our own is always a struggle—whether you’re moving to a new town or a new country.
It can be particularly tricky with small kids. I have an entire micro-library of kids moving books. Berenstain Bears Moving Day, Big Dan’s Moving Van, A Kiss Goodbye… I could fill half a page. But after years of reading these to my children and students at the international schools where I teach, I found they all have a common theme. They treat moving as a challenge to be overcome.
Which it is. No doubt about it. But for families that move every year or so, the language of “overcoming adversity” can get a little tired. I wanted to find a book that treated moving as an adventure. After years of looking, I was still coming up empty handed. So, I decided to write the book I wanted to read to my children. The Adventurers Club is the result.
The book follows the adventures of a sibling duo and their pet turtle as they turn packing boxes into pirate ships, new rooms into art canvasses, and a house into a home. It was published last fall by A15 Publishing, a publishing group formed by a team of combat veterans, and I hope it can be a useful resource to families whose service moves them around the globe.
The Adventurers Club is available on Amazon, or through the A15 Publishing website. Also, for more information, coloring pages, and resources on moving with small children, check out Adventuremoves.com.
Happy summer and best of luck with your upcoming adventures!!
Julianne has taught for 14 years in US and international schools. She is a mother of two
adventurous girls who have grown up in Madrid, Tokyo, Washington DC, and Vienna.