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

King's Day, Netherlands

Everything You Need to Know About King’s Day in the Netherlands (And Some Stuff You Probably Don’t Need to Know)

This week sees the Dutch putting on their party clothes and heading out en masse on to the streets.  If this is your first King's Day, then you are in for a treat. For the more seasoned expats I'm guessing nothing surprises you on King's Day anymore. The Why King's Day is a national celebration… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About King’s Day in the Netherlands (And Some Stuff You Probably Don’t Need to Know)

Bikes, Netherlands

9 Not So Serious Tips to Help You Use Public Transport in the Netherlands

The public transport system in the Netherlands is in general good. There are buses, trams, metros and trains to help you make your way across the length and breadth of this small nation. But what do I know, I grew up with British Rail so anything seems good in comparison. 1. Get Yourself an OV… Continue reading 9 Not So Serious Tips to Help You Use Public Transport in the Netherlands

challenges of motherhood, Culture, Netherlands, Work life balance

Dutch Women Do Get Depressed

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

Bikes, Expat, Netherlands

8 Things Every Expat Needs to Know About Driving in the Netherlands

There are some tricks to help you get safely from A to B on the roadways of the Netherlands*. It may seem like the rules of the road are self explanatory and easy to follow but often they are not quite as they seem. Here are eight tips to help you drive whilst you are… Continue reading 8 Things Every Expat Needs to Know About Driving in the Netherlands

Bikes, Dutch, Food, Netherlands

8 Essential Items Every Expat Needs in Their Dutch Home

In order to integrate in the Netherlands there are (at least) eight essentials you need to have tucked away somewhere in your home. Without them your integration will never be complete and you may even fail the inburgeringscursus*.1. Potato MasherWithout this vital piece of kitchen equipment you can never hope to truly master Dutch cuisine. Using a… Continue reading 8 Essential Items Every Expat Needs in Their Dutch Home

British, Dutch, King's Day, Netherlands

8 Things the Dutch do Better than the English

I've been here a long time in the Netherlands now and I have learnt that there are some things that the Dutch do well. In fact there are a lot of things the Dutch do well.Here are eight things that the Dutch could specifically teach the English a thing or two about......1. How to Celebrate… Continue reading 8 Things the Dutch do Better than the English