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Fam­ily has much to con­sider af­ter job of­fer

DEAR HARRIETTE: My hus­band re­cently got a job of­fer for a bet­ter-pay­ing, higher po­si­tion that fits his in­ter­ests. The one big down­side to this new job is that it is in Dubai. If it were just my hus­band and me, I wouldn’t ques­tion the de­ci­sion for one sec­ond, but since we have our chil­dren to con­sider, I need some help. Our kids are in ele­men­tary school. We have lived in the same house for their whole lives, so it feels wrong pulling them out of school and up­root­ing them. At the same time, it might be an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for us as a fam­ily! What do you think is the best sit­u­a­tion for my fam­ily? Stay where we are? Or leave? -- Move to Dubai?, Den­ver

DEAR MOVE TO DUBAI?: While this is a big move, know that many Amer­i­cans have made it. I know fam­i­lies who have moved to Dubai and to Abu Dhabi, and it has worked for them. Dubai of­fers more flex­i­bil­ity than some think. Yes, there are rec­om­men­da­tions about dress­ing more mod­estly than Amer­i­cans, es­pe­cially for women, but it is a cos­mopoli­tan city that wel­comes for­eign na­tion­als.

The good news for your chil­dren is that they are young and adapt­able. They might be sad at first due to the un­known and the thought of los­ing their friends. If you move over the sum­mer, it will be eas­ier than in the mid­dle of the school year.

My sug­ges­tion: Go for it! It doesn’t have to be for­ever.

Harriette Cole is a lifestylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an ini­tia­tive to help peo­ple ac­cess and ac­ti­vate their dreams. You can send ques­tions to askhar­ri­ette@har­ri­et­ or c/o An­drews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Wal­nut St., Kansas City, MO...

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