Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Canada
Reload this Page >

Serious about going back

Serious about going back

Old Dec 7th 2010, 6:56 pm
  #1  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: N Yorkshire was Alberta
Posts: 96
taichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud of
Default Serious about going back

Only been here for 5 months, and now even OH is fed up.

Have tried to stick it out and realise lifestyle is better but...
12 yr old is getting depressed,at least 3 pieces of homework every night,
children don't do anything apart from extra curricular activities they never hang out,
trying to mix with locals and just get empty gestures of we will have to...,
was promised lots of support and help from OH company- it never happened I ended up doing most of it,
still waiting for my certificates to be assessed so I can get a job,
OH hasnt been warm for 2 months - he hates the cold.

BUT

do we go back to the doom and gloom of UK
rising taxes
general lethargy

ARRRGGHH!!!!!!!!!

Rock and a hard place.
Some general advise would be appreciated.We have had this down before, but it doesn't seem to get any easier.Is it worth it????
taichiiqueen is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 6:59 pm
  #2  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Almost Canadian's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: South of Calgary
Posts: 13,286
Almost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Serious about going back

I don`t understand what you are saying about the kids. Are you saying kids only participate in extra curricular activities and don`t hang around street corners? If so, I would think that this is what you are after isn`t it?

I always thought that English kids were way in advance of their Canadian peers, so would think that the homework issue wouldn`t be one.

I hope things get better for you soon
Almost Canadian is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 7:06 pm
  #3  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Vancouver BC/ ex London UK
Posts: 97
bozonightmare is just really nicebozonightmare is just really nicebozonightmare is just really nicebozonightmare is just really nicebozonightmare is just really nicebozonightmare is just really nicebozonightmare is just really nicebozonightmare is just really nice
Default Re: Serious about going back

Stick it out, at least till summer. Remember the reasons why you came in the first place, get out of it what you came for.
bozonightmare is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 7:07 pm
  #4  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: N Yorkshire was Alberta
Posts: 96
taichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud of
Default Re: Serious about going back

Nooo kids don't hang with each other without adult supervision, even a trip to local store, or friends houses etc.

UK is way more advanced than here, so issue isn't level but amount, and sitting till 9pm every night doing homework is not what we came here for.I have asked about and its very common. I'm a Teacher and even I see a need for a life balance.

Thanks anyway.
taichiiqueen is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 7:07 pm
  #5  
BE Forum Addict
 
DandNHill's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Somewhere in Hamilton, ON
Posts: 4,306
DandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond reputeDandNHill has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Serious about going back

I can understand about the homework, one of my boys is 11 so nearly the same age and he doesn't get much here in the UK. We make him work for an hour every evening, whether he has homework or not which should be good practise for when we get to Canada.
Regards clubs, sounds good to me as at least they're not messing around in the street or making a nuisance of themselves in shops as a lot of them do over here!
Not sure what to say about the homesickness. I'm still all positive about our impending move to Canada but I'm sure a lot of people will agree that it takes a couple of years to really feel at home somewhere - I should know I've already lived in 3 different countries!!

Good luck. The UK is not all bad but the grass is always greener...
DandNHill is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 7:32 pm
  #6  
Banned
 
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: SW Ontario
Posts: 19,879
Siouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond reputeSiouxie has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Serious about going back

How about your child joining a couple of clubs - or signing up for hockey? It would be a way of socialising more, and would give you the opportunity to meet other parents too.

http://www.cg.cfpsa.ca/cg-pc/Edmonto...LL%20GUIDE.pdf

http://www.saycc.ca/ActivityCentre.html from grade 7 to age 17 (it looks pretty good).

For you...

ST. ALBERT NEWCOMERS CLUB
St. Albert, AB Canada
Welcome Committee: Shelley (780) 419-2595
Welcome Committee: Judy (780) 459-6441

Welcome Ladies! Come and join us if you have moved to St. Albert within the past three years. Our active club provides an immediate opportunity to meet new friends, get involved in social activities and help make St. Albert feel like home. Regular dinner meetings take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Cornerstone Hall on Tache Street in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Sub-club activities range from cocktail/drinks evening for couples to Book Club and Mom's & Tots groups. There's something for everyone!

Go to O’Maille’s Irish Pub, 104, 398 St Albert Rd, St Albert AB 780-458-5700 and see if there are expats there.

In all honesty, I think you have to be the one to make the first move when trying to arrange to meet up with people.. rather than waiting for them to arrange a date, ask if they would be free on xyz day to come over for coffee / a party / whatever! If there is a particular friend your child has made at school, get their phone number and call the parents and ask if the friend can come over on the weekend. Find out what sports his friends play and go and watch it with him - hockey is particularly good for parental interaction!

Does your child's school have anyone you could talk to with regards to the homework? Could it be that he/she is having to finish work that should have been finished in school? The first thing to do is to ascertain what homework is required/expected and what is surplus. Go and see his teacher and explain how it is affecting him/her - they may cut it down a little.

It's early days.. give yourself time...

If you think it's cold now, wait until winter is here

Siouxie is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 7:44 pm
  #7  
Moderαtor Emeritus
 
iaink's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2003
Location: Upstate South Carolina
Posts: 30,767
iaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond reputeiaink has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Serious about going back

5 months is a dangerous time to make any decisions, factor in winter and its even more perilous.

Give it more time. Join some clubs, go along to some of those extra curricula activities, try and immerse yourself in what canadians do, or explore the local scene for things that interest you. If you dont ski or skate, then give it a go, find some lessons. Dont sit around getting depressed and pining for your old life.

If life still sucks after a year or 18 months then its worth taking some action, but at 5 months the honeymoon is over but things wont have fallen into place yet unless you are really lucky.

I wish my kid got homework every night, most of the time she has nothing (in grade 3) as she finishes all her work in class.
iaink is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 8:02 pm
  #8  
Forum Regular
 
Mrs-G's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: Burlington, ON
Posts: 202
Mrs-G is just really niceMrs-G is just really niceMrs-G is just really niceMrs-G is just really niceMrs-G is just really niceMrs-G is just really niceMrs-G is just really niceMrs-G is just really nice
Default Re: Serious about going back

I've felt the same way, and I've spent half my life between Canada and Scotland. So its possible to feel homesick even though you know the place and people well. I don't have kids though so can't really compare on that side of things.

I know its hard, and it possibly seems like the easiest thing to just say sod it, and pack everyone up and go back to what's familiar. I agree with the others though - try to give it a bit of time....if you can. Its a tough time of year, winters coming in, Christmas is coming up and you feel like all of your extended family are so far away, and what have you done.

I think its probably difficult for you too as you are waiting to get your qualifications approved before you can work. I have found that moving as an adult, a lot of the people you make friends with are through work or your kids. And if you're not working, and your kids haven't got settled into activities or a good group of friends, this can make you feel more isolated.

Its different for everyone - and I certainly wouldn't try to tell anyone what to do in this situation, but I would urge you to try to hang on til you've let the dust settle a bit, enjoy a summer and see how you feel.
Mrs-G is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 8:06 pm
  #9  
Dive Bar Drunk
 
JamesM's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 8,556
JamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond reputeJamesM has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Serious about going back

Originally Posted by taichiiqueen View Post
Only been here for 5 months, and now even OH is fed up.

Have tried to stick it out and realise lifestyle is better but...
12 yr old is getting depressed,at least 3 pieces of homework every night,
children don't do anything apart from extra curricular activities they never hang out,
trying to mix with locals and just get empty gestures of we will have to...,
was promised lots of support and help from OH company- it never happened I ended up doing most of it,
still waiting for my certificates to be assessed so I can get a job,
OH hasnt been warm for 2 months - he hates the cold.

BUT

do we go back to the doom and gloom of UK
rising taxes
general lethargy

ARRRGGHH!!!!!!!!!

Rock and a hard place.
Some general advise would be appreciated.We have had this down before, but it doesn't seem to get any easier.Is it worth it????
Give it a year and keep plugging away.
JamesM is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 8:08 pm
  #10  
BE Forum Addict
 
CanadaJimmy's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2009
Location: Langley, BC
Posts: 1,854
CanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond reputeCanadaJimmy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Serious about going back

How about trying another City in Canada? Where in the UK were you living before?
CanadaJimmy is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 9:05 pm
  #11  
.
 
Oink's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 20,154
Oink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond reputeOink has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Serious about going back

Originally Posted by CanadaJimmy View Post
How about trying another City in Canada? Where in the UK were you living before?
I'd either go back to the UK or move somewhere that's not in the middle of nowhere and isn't freezing for half the year. They should only give 30 mins of homework for intermediate grades in Vancouver. Plus, there iare growing calls for no homework at all until the later stages of high school.
Oink is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 10:01 pm
  #12  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Almost Canadian's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: South of Calgary
Posts: 13,286
Almost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond reputeAlmost Canadian has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Serious about going back

Originally Posted by taichiiqueen View Post
Nooo kids don't hang with each other without adult supervision, even a trip to local store, or friends houses etc.

UK is way more advanced than here, so issue isn't level but amount, and sitting till 9pm every night doing homework is not what we came here for.I have asked about and its very common. I'm a Teacher and even I see a need for a life balance.

Thanks anyway.
My youngest are 7 and 10. Most evenings they are out with their friends riding their bikes, playing, skating, sledding etc. At weekends we only see them at feeding times. All the little 'uns where we live do the same.

Our`s do they share of supervised sports as well, but kids need to be kids. I have to admit, you are the first person I have ever heard say such things about Canada. Most newbies wax lyrical about how kids here are like they remember their childhood being.
Almost Canadian is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 10:47 pm
  #13  
slanderer of the innocent
 
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 6,695
ExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond reputeExKiwilass has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Serious about going back

Slightly OT but one of my albertan friends has a 6 year old who is currently getting around an hour and a half of homework per night.

6 years old.

I'm sure it depends on the school though.
ExKiwilass is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 10:49 pm
  #14  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: N Yorkshire was Alberta
Posts: 96
taichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud of
Default Re: Serious about going back

Originally Posted by Almost Canadian View Post
My youngest are 7 and 10. Most evenings they are out with their friends riding their bikes, playing, skating, sledding etc. At weekends we only see them at feeding times. All the little 'uns where we live do the same.

Our`s do they share of supervised sports as well, but kids need to be kids. I have to admit, you are the first person I have ever heard say such things about Canada. Most newbies wax lyrical about how kids here are like they remember their childhood being.
My sentiments exactly, kids need to be kids, and that's what he used to do in the UK.He never goes out here, and I think he is depressed.There aren't any children to be seen anywhere, only in their homes doing homework or getting ferried to a club.Even the local skate rink is empty.He told me that kids get grounded if they happen to do a little badly at school or the Teacher complains there work was late etc.Not my idea of raising children.
Anyway I think we are going to go home, my son needs an outdoor environment and friends to be with.Thank you for all your support
taichiiqueen is offline  
Old Dec 7th 2010, 10:51 pm
  #15  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: N Yorkshire was Alberta
Posts: 96
taichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud oftaichiiqueen has much to be proud of
Default Re: Serious about going back

Originally Posted by CanadaJimmy View Post
How about trying another City in Canada? Where in the UK were you living before?

Thought about that but hubbys work is here so not an option.
In the Uk we were from North East beach in front of us and North Yorkshire Moors 20 mins away.Small community and family.
taichiiqueen is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.