It's really good that parents are helping their young children to meet new friends on their behalf via this amazing website. But my issue is that I have two children, Shannon aged 16 (hairdressing apprenticeship) and Nathan aged 20 (Pro -footballer and now at University). Both of my kids have a very big social network here in Newcastle upon Tyne and both studying hard for their intended careers.
It is in my opinion that school children age, will automatcially settle down in OZ quickly because they will meet a lot of new friends through their school network and most parents tend to socialise with their children and with other families who have young children. Even to the point of saying can your son or daughter be friends with my son or daughter.
But my siutation is different, my kids would go crazy if they found out that I am trying to make friends for them on their behalf, even though I mean well. Because we are going on the 475 visa and not having too much savings to rely on, it will be vitally important for my wife and I to find suitable employment asap on arrival. At this period/time we will not be able to afford my oldest two kids to attend University or TAFE education as the fees are really really expensive due not being on a 475 visa.
Because of their ages both my kids have not got work experience and not gained any advance qualifications yet, so finding suitable employement is a non existant. I cannot stop thinking that my two kids are going to be left isolated, not have any money to socialise and meet new people, to continue in their education to aid with their chosen careers. My son and daughter have both mentioned that they are willing to stay in Newcastle upon Tyne and to finish their studies, if thats easier for my wife and I, but obviously our Visa will not allow that and we dont want that anyway.
What I am asking for is! Is there any other families who feel the same as I do, or, am I alone. As any families been through this and can shed some light on their similar experiences of having emigrated to Adelaide, with older children say 16 to 22 year old, what did your kids go through and their experiences and your feelings and experiences of being their parents.
Another note, which is separate, has anyone got good contacts within the professional soccer scene in Adelaide, who can provide some help advice and assistance for my son and I. I was a professional boxer for ten years, so whats the boxing scene like in Adelaide, would love to continue with coaching boxing for youths. I also coach youth football as well, which is something I would like also to continue.
Come on parents, your kids might be grown up chronilogically, but their will always be our babies.
Tony (40), Jane (38), Nathan (20), Shannon (16), Charlotte (10)