Looking back to my own childhood I realized I didn't always have that. My parents were divorced and we moved often. By the time I was 17 I had had 23 "homes" and 8 different schools. I turned out ok, right? My husband also lived a somewhat nomadic life as a child. Born in Scotland, moved to Germany, shipped back to Scotland for boarding school, then India, then back to Scotland. So, our sense of normal was a bit different.
Rather than go into the details of how it is possible to raise great kids and give them a "normal" childhood, I threw together some pictures. After all, they are worth a thousand words right?
They get new school clothes
Go to the airport
Try new shops
Have birthday parties with new friends
Play Monopoly Kiwi Style
Check out the web
Go to school
Make new friends from different cultures
Have a track and field day with their mates (this boy is a class mate of Ewan's and our neighbor)
Win the long jump (ok, 2nd place)
Go to the beach
Go on hikes
Endure their parent's boring cook outs
Take Guitar lessons
Play in their school band
So, yeah, it is possible to have a "normal childhood", only better.