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

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

consultatiebureau, Netherlands, Parenting Dutch Style

Saying Goodbye to My Consultatiebureau

“I started working here eight years ago and I can still remember the day you walked in for the very first time – a newborn baby in your arms. A brand new mother,” said the lady at the front desk of the consultatiebureau to me at the end of my last visit.I can’t even begin… Continue reading Saying Goodbye to My Consultatiebureau

Football, Parenting Dutch Style, The Hague

Parenting Lessons Watching ADO Den Haag

Last August I took my eldest two sons to their first eredivisie match at the Kyocera Stadion in The Hague. We’ve been to most home games since.It’s reminiscent of my own footballing childhood; from the age of seven I stood on the terraces of my local football club at Vicarage Road. Up until I left… Continue reading Parenting Lessons Watching ADO Den Haag

Amsterdam Mamas, My Articles, Parenting Dutch Style

Are You Parenting Dutch Style?

Has raising your children in the Netherlands rubbed off on your parenting style? Does seeing the letters HAVO make you frown in confusion or smile in recognition? How do your children get to school? What food constitutes breakfast in your house?My latest article for Amsterdam Mamas will help you decide just how far you've gone… Continue reading Are You Parenting Dutch Style?

Football, Netherlands, Parenting Dutch Style, The Hague

Dutch Football, Racism and The Wisdom of a Child

Dutch football has been tarred with scandal over the last few weeks and my local eredivisie club is no exception. When racism reared its ugly head at ADO Den Haag in January I decided to use it as a teachable moment for my eldest son.  As it turns out it was a teachable moment he… Continue reading Dutch Football, Racism and The Wisdom of a Child