• A New Video for Expat Kids

    Hello again,

    This is going to be a really short post. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here before, but my kids were so excited to be a part of Panama For Real, that Marlene and I were thinking it would be great to give them their own project. As much as we love including the whole family in our videos when we travel, we don’t want the location reports to become Powers family vacation videos. So, how could we get them more involved?

    Our new video even shows you the words to the Spanish version of Happy Birthday

    Well, after reading through tons of emails from young families relocating to Panama, we figured out the perfect project for our kids. Oftentimes young business owners, with online companies, are content with being virtually present, meaning it doesn’t matter where they are physically. So they plan an early retirement, chillin’ out beachside while they conduct business on a laptop. That, or young people are often brought to Panama to assist a Panamanian business. This means, the spouse and sometimes even young children are kind of forced into an overseas move. That can be downright scary. Can you imagine? At a young age being told that you’re going to leave your family and friends and go to a country where everyone speaks a different language?

    The kids had a blast making this new video (Victoria and Nico on the right)

    Well, that’s the reason we started Kidpats. Estefania (11), Victoria (9), Matteo (5), and Nicolas (5) have been living that reality. They’ve had it a little bit easier with Marlene’s family being here, but the girls didn’t even speak Spanish when we moved here (the boys were infants and didn’t speak much of anything at all). They’ve learned to make the best of this new lifestyle and our Kidpats series is aimed at helping other kids do the same. The idea is that you’ll be able to sit your kids at the computer and let them see how our kids are handling a life in Panama. 

    We just put our second video on the website, yesterday, and I wanted to share it with you guys. This one is all about birthday parties in Panama. You’ll find our first video, with the kids hanging out at Parque Omar, here if you haven’t had the chance to see it. We really hope you enjoy these. The kids are bugging me to do another one, so we should have others out soon. See the new video below, or check out at the Kidpats tab in the menu at the top of the page. 

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