Jerry and Susanna hosted an Italian student Nicolo and a Denmark student Torben before. Including the host student, there were 4 children at their home, the difference in habits and culture certainly led to conflicts, but Jerry and Susanna treated these conflicts as an opportunity for their children to learn how to solve a problem through communication.
Sometimes when the students are not willing to listen and follow the house rules, it really drives Jerry and Susanna mad, they also considered whether they should give up. However, when we took a look at the letters and cards that they shared with us, we understood why they would choose to continue. Nicolo is a kid who is very willing to express his emotion, apart from always chatting with host mum and dad, he also brought cards and learned how to write Chinese letters on special occasions like birthday. Susanna recalled the time before Nicolo left, she once called his Italian name, he said, mum, please keep calling me my Chinese name. After boarding, he also sent a message to Jerry and told him that he hid a letter under the bed, it was another long letter.
Until now, Nicolo is still in their family whatsapp group, he keeps sharing his experience with Torben, his progress in school work and even what he had at lunch with all family members. Although it is just a one-year stay, they have already treated each other as a family member.