Children, Culture, Sinterklaas

Guess Who Doesn’t Give a Crap About the Zwarte Piet Debate

For years the dispute about Zwarte Piet has been getting more vehement. The voices against 'Black Petes' are getting louder and supporters find ways to make themselves heard over the noise. No one is using their polite voice anymore. It's all got rather nasty if truth be told. But any idea who doesn't give a… Continue reading Guess Who Doesn’t Give a Crap About the Zwarte Piet Debate

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British, Children, Dutch, Languages, Multicultural, Uncategorized

I’m a Dutch Mama Not an English Mummy

Do you prefer to be called mama or papa, like the Dutch use, or the terms in your native language? In my English case, this would be mummy. A Bilingual Household I speak English to my sons. The idea was always that they would then speak English back to me. It's an ongoing battle experiment. However,… Continue reading I’m a Dutch Mama Not an English Mummy

Children, Culture, Expat

Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

It's become a tradition to take each of my sons alone to England to watch a football match at the Premier League club I started supporting when I was a child. It's a club I still follow today, despite moving to the Netherlands. You can read all about the why and what it means to… Continue reading Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

Bilingual, Children, Expat, Languages, Multicultural, Parenting, School

Get Help Teaching Your Kids to Read, No Matter the Language

My children are bilingual and so teaching them to read in English from a very early age was a priority for me. I now have three boys who can read well in both English and Dutch. However, it hasn't happened by itself. I worked hard. They worked hard. My number one tip is to use all… Continue reading Get Help Teaching Your Kids to Read, No Matter the Language

Books, Children, English, My Books

Long Hat – My First Dutch Children’s Book Translation

I am thrilled to introduce you all to Long Hat, who up until very recently only existed in the form of a Dutch kabouter called Langmuts. I worked on the translation of 'Langmuts is een held' for Scrivo Media and I'm so proud that the 'Long Hat is a Hero' book has been released. This… Continue reading Long Hat – My First Dutch Children’s Book Translation

Books, Children

‘Message in a Bottle’ Kickstarter Kick Off: 5 Reasons to Get Involved

I've been part of a book launch team behind the scenes for a little while now and I'm delighted to share that the wonderful team behind this new personalised children's book has now kicked off their Kickstarter campaign. The next phase of 'Message in a Bottle' is here and you can be a part of… Continue reading ‘Message in a Bottle’ Kickstarter Kick Off: 5 Reasons to Get Involved

Amsterdam Mamas, Children, Motherhood, My Articles, School

How Two Peuterspeelzaal Teachers Changed How I Parent My Sons

I am the mother of three highly sensitive sons. I myself am highly sensitive. I learnt this fact because of amazing teachers at my eldest son's peuterspeelzaal. They recognised traits and behaviours in him at the age of three that are consistent with being highly sensitive. Goodbyes in school were heart wrenching for him from… Continue reading How Two Peuterspeelzaal Teachers Changed How I Parent My Sons