Netherlands, School

Stop the Overcrowding in Dutch Classrooms

Yesterday the LIA (Leraren in Actie) handed over a petition to the Dutch government with 45,000 signatures against the continued overcrowding in Dutch classrooms. It's an issue that has been on the teachers' agenda for a number of years, but there's no money to implement policies that would make a difference. At least that is what the… Continue reading Stop the Overcrowding in Dutch Classrooms

Parenting, Typically Dutch

Raising Children With a Broad World View

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

My Books, Parenting Dutch Style, Uncategorized

Knocked Up Abroad Again: Parenting Abroad

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

Holidays/ Celebrations, Netherlands, Sinterklaas, winter

5 Ways to Embrace a Dutch December

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

My Books, Parenting Dutch Style

10 Reasons To Love Being Knocked Up in the Netherlands

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