Category: Family

How to nurture your expat kid’s connection to your home culture

Becoming an expat mum means facing many challenges that you never even considered before. In this series, I’m trying to gather good advice on these topics into clear guides that can help you navigate these issues. Have you ever feared that your kids are not in tune with your birth culture? Do you wonder how you could nurture that connection so that they feel they share your culture as well as that of the host Read More …

What makes for an awesome expat partner?

Note that I did not write “Dad” on the title. This is to underline that I will be talking about the father of your children as part of your support system, and not as a father. Of course, them being great dads is also great and very important, but in this piece, we’ll discuss how they can help you in your expat mum journey. This post was born because my husband started reading my posts Read More …

7 reasons to be proud of raising your kids multilingual

Bringing up a multilingual child (or children) is hard work. It requires a plan, discipline and patience (a lot of it). To spice things up, there are some potential disadvantages to multilingualism. They may speak a bit later (my first did, my second is ahead of her age, so I doubt it’s the multilingualism), they may mix the languages (yes! Especially if they’re similar as in our case) and if you are striving for full Read More …

10 things my expat kids have taught me

Kids teach you all the time, anywhere I’ve seen several blog posts where mums list a few things about life that their kids have taught them. Usually, they’re touching things about rediscovering themselves and their marriages. All of which is true! But I think that expat kids teach you even more. Not only do they introduce you to a new dimension of yourself. They also teach you how to relate to others, the world, and Read More …

I overcame my (expat) motherhood insecurities with one word

How can expat mothers deal with overcoming motherhood insecurities For mothers, and more so expat mums, insecurities sprout from everywhere. And since we lack the social support network of non-expat mums, overcoming motherhood struggles and insecurities can be a tough one. We’ve all been there. We have all felt the feeling of dread when we step into the unknown. The unknown could be the birth of your first (or second, or third) born, the move Read More …

Multilingual children: the best thing you can do for yours, before you even have them

The increasingly frequent phenomenon of the multilingual child How do multilingual children come to be? There seem to be two main possibilities: either they’re born in a country with more than one official language, or they’re exposed to more than language through -most probably- their parents, whose mother tongue is not the language of the country where their children are growing up. But, why are there increasing numbers of multilingual children? Easy! Increasing numbers of Read More …