Author Archives: HelenHThomas

About HelenHThomas

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am honored to work at Cook Children's Medical Center as a Clinical Therapist providing supportive counseling for the parents of our tiniest patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I feel infinitely thankful to share my life with my best friend and life partner, Dr. Charles R. Thomas (Chuck). Spending time with my wildly fantastic adult children, their spouses and our exceptionally wonderful friends makes my life complete. Life is good!

Avoid Making Assumptions: Lessons as an Expat in Switzerland

Beautiful Switzerland “It is a bitter-sweet thing, knowing two cultures. Once you leave your birthplace nothing is ever the same.”  Sarah Turnbull Relocating to a new country is like having your first baby. You can imagine your future as a … Continue reading

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The Zen of Parenting Teenagers; Part II

The Art of Being There but Not Being There   As promised, Part II of The Zen of Parenting Teenagers will add some ‘how to’ to asking fewer questions of your adolescent and using active listening to support your teen … Continue reading

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Tips to Surviving the First Year as an Expat/Trailing Spouse

  Jump In! You may be on an expatriation of limited duration or an indefinite time; however, the truth is that no one knows certainly what the future holds. The fact that you are living in a different country from … Continue reading

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