Home, Netherlands

Shaking It Up When Life Gets Stagnant

Change. Part of life. And a healthy part of life at that. Flitting through my draft posts I found the post below, written in the summer of 2016. Since writing it we have moved from the west of the Netherlands to the east. Our life now couldn't look more different to the life then. Sometimes… Continue reading Shaking It Up When Life Gets Stagnant

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British, Home

Oost West Thuis Best: The Netherlands Became Home

I'd been living here about eight years when the realisation snuck on me, and quite frankly took me by surprise; suddenly the Netherlands felt like home. Heading back to England these days, seventeen years after leaving, feels like walking back into a house I once lived in. It has an air of familiarity, but it's… Continue reading Oost West Thuis Best: The Netherlands Became Home

Bilingual, Children, Expat, Languages, Multicultural, Parenting, School

Get Help Teaching Your Kids to Read, No Matter the Language

My children are bilingual and so teaching them to read in English from a very early age was a priority for me. I now have three boys who can read well in both English and Dutch. However, it hasn't happened by itself. I worked hard. They worked hard. My number one tip is to use all… Continue reading Get Help Teaching Your Kids to Read, No Matter the Language

Bilingual, Dutch, Dutch language, Languages

This Dutch Language Struggle is Real

Anyone that comes to the Netherlands and says they don't need to learn Dutch because everyone here speaks such brilliant English has forgotten something: voice activated shopping lists. Put simply the Jumbo supermarket app doesn't operate in English so if you want your shopping delivered you'd better enrol in those Dutch lessons. But even then… Continue reading This Dutch Language Struggle is Real

Bikes, Culture, Cycling, Dutch, Netherlands, Typically Dutch

The Dutch Do It, You Should Too – Cycling in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the easiest countries in the world to cycle around. Other countries look at the Netherlands with a huge amount of cycle envy. Unlike the British who have made a half-hearted attempt in some places to build cycle paths, the Dutch have given cyclists some proper thought and ensured that getting out… Continue reading The Dutch Do It, You Should Too – Cycling in the Netherlands

Culture, Dutch, Typically Dutch

What is the Dutch National Anthem All About?

I have heard the Dutch national anthem played a fair few times during the past week or so because of national remembrance day on the 4th of May, Liberation Day on the 5th and the week before the celebration of King Willem Alexander's birthday.  Ever wondered about the origins of the Dutch national ditty? Well,… Continue reading What is the Dutch National Anthem All About?

King's Day, Multicultural Kid Blogs, My Articles, Typically Dutch

King’s Day in the Netherlands

This week sees the Dutch taking to the streets in honour of the king's birthday. He'll be in Groningen with his family this year but the celebrations will be country wide. At the forefront of any King's Day celebration are children's events. You can read more in my post over on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating King’s… Continue reading King’s Day in the Netherlands