When I was pregnant for the first time I had a renewed interest in nursery rhymes; all those childhood favourites suddenly flooded into my head, breaking through the barrier that adulthood had erected. I wasn't just remembering the English songs from my childhood, but I started learning Dutch ones too. Nursery Rhymes as a Language… Continue reading How Dutch Nursery Rhymes Helped Me Integrate as an Expat Mother
The Netherlands is a liberal country. Dutch society prides itself on being open and tolerant. But is it? A recent suit company advertising campaign may just have blown that particular theory to pieces. If you live in the Netherlands, you are probably more than aware of the discussion caused by Suitsupply's recent marketing campaign that… Continue reading Homophobia in Liberal and Tolerant Dutch Society And What We Can Learn From Our Children
Many moons ago I wrote on the topic of home births in the Netherlands. It was something I had hoped I could write about from personal experience one day but it never quite happened. Three babies, three hospital births. However, as a result of writing on the topic I learnt a few things, or eight,… Continue reading 8 Things I Learnt About Home Birth from Internet Trolls
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… 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… 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?