My son would like a meester, a male teacher. However, they are in short supply. And it's not just in the Netherlands that this is an issue. Hoping For a Meester My then eight-year old’s teacher retired earlier in the year. He was disappointed with the news and I asked him if he already knew who… Continue reading Where Are All the Meesters in Our Schools?
I live in a country where children generally fare well in happiness surveys and Dutch children always rate much higher in the happiness stakes than British children ever do. It's no coincidence that the Dutch shine through in reports such as the UN's World Happiness Report. From what I see around me, the Dutch work consciously to raise… Continue reading 6 Reasons I am Happy I am Raising Children in the Netherlands
During the first few days of 2020 more than 50,000 people have signed the petition for a consumer ban on fireworks in the Netherlands. These people, plus those who have already signed the petition, want fireworks to be handled by professionals only. Unless you were out of the country, or hiding under a stone at… Continue reading Time For a Firework Ban in the Netherlands – Yes or No?
Growing up in England, New Year's Eve was about seeing the new year in with friends and family. We would spend the evening in a pub somewhere talking and drinking and maybe dancing. It was gezellig. New Year's Eve in the Netherlands is a whole other experience. For some, it's about fireworks and destruction. New's… Continue reading New Year Celebrations Dutch Style
Should you ever be traveling around the east of the Netherlands in December you will see a number of bright beams of light shining up into the winter night sky. The beams seem random to the untrained eye, but they are everything but. The lights are part of a local project (het Oosterlicht). They are… Continue reading Shining a Light on Connection in the Achterhoek
I'm Brexit fatigued. That's the long and short of it. As are many others. Sick to death of hearing about Brexit and quite eager to stick the slogan "Get Brexit Done" up the rear end of Boris bloody Johnson. That's about where I am with Brexit. In case you were wondering. Present During the British… Continue reading A Big Dose of Brexit Fatigue
A Dutch December can be an overwhelming month, not just for children, but for parents too. As a family we have found a way to calm the December days down. We focus more on family and gezelligheid, and a little less on the explosion of presents and commercialism that comes with the festive period. Sinterklaas… Continue reading Focus on Gezelligheid this December