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
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 day… Continue reading How Two Peuterspeelzaal Teachers Changed How I Parent My Sons
All the studies and blog posts you read say otherwise, but I can assure you that Dutch women do get depressed.Go on, Google it, type in "Dutch Women Don't Get Depressed". I'll wait. You see, if you believe what Google comes back with you would think that Dutch women float around the Netherlands with huge… Continue reading Dutch Women Do Get Depressed
This week my youngest son turned four. Four. That means he gets to go out into the big, wide world on his own. Well, it means he starts primary school. It's a bittersweet moment. It means my role will change. It will be the first time in nearly nine years that I will have been… Continue reading Times, They’re a Changing: More Writer, Less Mother?
I have been living in the Netherlands so long now that I can no longer accurately compare life here with life in Britain. I have been walloped with that realisation a few times over the last few months.Most vividly recently was during an interview for the LiHSK (the Dutch national organisation for Highly Sensitive Children).… Continue reading Expat Life and The Lost Art of Comparison
Melissa Dalton-Bradford has lived in more countries than most of us would even dare to think about moving to - eight to be precise, and has had twice as many addresses. Her memoir, Global Mom, published by Familius, starts in Paris with a beautiful pine Norwegian table that proves to be a family anchor during… Continue reading 5 Expat Life Lessons From ‘Global Mom’
My three boys are bilingual, speaking Dutch as their mother tongue and English as their second language. It struck me recently that even though we talk and read in English at home every day my eldest hardly gets any writing practice in his second language. So I'm making an all out concerted effort to change… Continue reading 5 Ways to Encourage a Child to Write in a Second Language