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
How much do you really know about the Netherlands? Isn't there more to the country than the windmill, cheese and clog stereotypes that everyone associates with the Dutch? Head over to the Multicultural Kid Blogs website to read 10 fun facts about the Netherlands!
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
A long long time ago, in a far away land two young girls wrote letters to each other and became good friends. Well, okay, it wasn't in a land that far away but it was more than thirty years ago. As an 11 year old girl living in England I signed up for a pen… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Have a Pen Pal
Last week was traktatie time again in our house. My little one turned four and this treat was popular with both children and teachers in his school. And it's healthy!You can find lots more traktatie and birthday treat ideas on my Pinterest board.
It's time to put all the tips together from the Live Like a Dutchie month. Follow these 8 tips and you're sure to integrate into Dutch society in a way that even Geert Wilders would be proud of.Tip 1: Gratis is good!Tip 2: Give in to the gel.Tip 3: Play in a speelpolder.Tip 4: Do… Continue reading Live Like a Dutchie
"Papa zegt dat hoor!" shouts my three year old at me. The emphasis very clearly on hoor, which is pronounced whore. I can laugh now when my children yell hoor at me. I've embraced the hoor. But it remains a word that I can't quite take seriously, even though it is second nature for my… Continue reading Embrace the ‘Hoor’