Bringing Up Brits

Americans only eat burgers and fries

Americans only eat burgers and fries

My oldest son told me that when he was in year 7, some of his friends seriously thought he only ate burgers and chips because his mother was American. They wondered how he stayed so thin. No joke, they seriously thought that even though Sam initially assumed they were joking. I think a lot of […]

Jenny Rutterford Photography photographs my children

Jenny Rutterford Photography photographs my children

I am pleased and excited to share with you a small selection of the photos recently taken of my children by Jenny Rutterford. I’m sure you will all agree with me that these photos are absolutely stunning! Not only is Jenny an extremely talented professional photographer, she is also a lovely person who is great […]

What I learned the day I visited ACS Egham International School

What I learned the day I visited ACS Egham International School

This week was rather exciting. I had been invited to come and give a talk on my experience of raising children in Britain as a non British parent – to talk about my book ‘Bringing Up Brits’ and to chat with a group of international parents about their view points and their experiences. I spent […]

30 things I love about my cross-cultural kids

30 things I love about my cross-cultural kids

They call cookies cookies and not biscuits. They love peanut butter even more than I love peanut butter, and I love peanut butter. I recently watched a movie about an American family who moved to France. They asked where the peanut butter was in the store and were met with scorn. So the British are […]

Love October in the UK? We do!

Love October in the UK? We do!

October in the USA means Halloween. Not so much here in the UK though! There are many other things that are great about October here in the UK and thanks to Amanda van Mulligen of Expat Life with a Double Buggy (British expat parent in the Netherlands) I’ve joined this fab blog link up all […]

On your marks, get set, bbaaaaaike! Why I love The Great British Bake-Off

On your marks, get set, bbaaaaaike! Why I love The Great British Bake-Off

Most of the TV I like to watch is crime based drama or thrillers and the majority of shows I gravitate towards are American. Some of the shows can be addictive like Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Damages and CSI (all of them!), The Wire, Scandal to name a few. They are just too good. […]

Where is your mother from?

Where is your mother from?

Had an enlightening conversation with my girl the other day about what she says when people ask her where her mother is from and then, in turn, what she is. She tells me she has a hard time answering and worries that she confuses people. I feel bad for her because I know what that’s […]

Bringing Up Brits has a new cover design

Bringing Up Brits has a new cover design

Egham International School in Surrey contacted me back in June to see if I’d be interested in coming to their school to give a talk to the parents, most of whom are foreigners and many of whom are American expats. With every part of me wanting to say NO, I made myself stay cheerful and […]

Oh so very British

Oh so very British

One thing that I have learned while living in Britain is that British people love big but show it in a very British way meaning a very reserved way, which I have grown to appreciate and understand. I grew up in a culture where outward effusiveness was the norm. Clapping loudly and at length, yee-hawing […]

Experiencing Britain again through the eyes of American tourists

Experiencing Britain again through the eyes of American tourists

This summer we had visitors from the States who experienced London and the UK for the first time. How fun for them! I got the feeling they absolutely loved it as they were up early each day seeing the sights and talking to (nearly) everyone they saw. They stayed with us for part of the […]

Settling In – A research project

Settling In – A research project

I find this research project very interesting and wish I could be interviewed, but I’ve been here in the UK for too long! I’m sure there are lots of women who do qualify so please spread the word. Here are the details: (and there are links to PDF docs below) Run by Eaves charity, Settling […]

Winner of Expat Star Awards 2014

Winner of Expat Star Awards 2014

It’s been a reasonably uneventful summer so far (apart from our trip to Spain which was wonderful and friends visiting the UK from America!) until yesterday when I was notified that Bringing Up Brits had won an Expat Star Award. So excited!! I’m right up there with the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners – two […]

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