Moving countries changes your world perspective. And it changes the way you parent. It has an impact on your children. And I believe it's a positive one. My three boys are Dutch through and through. Their dual nationality is predominantly on paper. They were born in the Netherlands, speak Dutch fluently, go to a Dutch … Continue reading Raising Children With a Broad World View
When a mother is born it's a beautiful thing. When she's living abroad that experience is something even more - beautiful but also scary, funny, mystifying and certainly a journey full of bumps in the road and cultural (mis)adventures. That's what our book 'Knocked Up Abroad Again' is all about - the magical experience of … Continue reading Knocked Up Abroad Again: Parenting Abroad
Dear Britain, It's not you it's me. Actually that's a lie. It's a little bit you. Well, actually, it's a lot you. And a little bit me. Britain, I just don't love you anymore. The last few months have been a turbulent time in our relationship. It's hit rock bottom if I'm honest. You forced … Continue reading Dear Britain, It’s Not You It’s Me
December in the Netherlands means ferrying the children to school in near-darkness and evenings that draw in early. The temperatures take a nosedive and there’s every chance that snow will form a blanket over this little land. But a Dutch December certainly doesn’t spell doom and gloom. Winter in the Netherlands can be a lot … Continue reading 5 Ways to Embrace a Dutch December
Being pregnant anywhere is a mixed bag of emotions from elation to sickness. Raising children abroad is both amazing and challenging wrapped up in one awkward shaped parcel. If you are knocked up in the Netherlands though you have many reasons to count yourself lucky. Here are ten. 1. Pregnancy is not seen as a … Continue reading 10 Reasons To Love Being Knocked Up in the Netherlands
Last Wednesday Dutch nationality was bestowed upon me. And given that I can now call myself both British and Dutch it is no longer applicable to call myself an expat. Which is a bit of a buggar when your blog is called Expat Life with a Double Buggy. "Ex-expat with no Double Buggy' is more … Continue reading Gone Dutch and Now What?
This is a big week in this British expat's life. It's the week (barring a disaster) I become Dutch. A few days after I published my last blog post Almost Dutch? I received a letter, written on behalf of the mayor, inviting me to a naturalisation ceremony which will take place this Wednesday. When I saw … Continue reading The Week I Become a Nederlander