Bringing Up Brits

Different ways of celebrating the holidays

Different ways of celebrating the holidays

Today I had a really lovely discussion with a group of business women, over lunch, about different ways of celebrating the holidays. I discovered that my husband’s family traditions, while being very British, are not necessarily what all British people do and that the way people celebrate Christmas in Britain is actually quite similar to […]

Top tips on celebrating Thanksgiving in the UK

Trying to celebrate Thanksgiving as an American outside of the USA is pretty tough. It can be done and I have done it before and have spent some wonderful Thanksgivings in the UK with friends, but there’s no kidding ourselves, it’s just not the same. And it’s different to other holidays like Christmas and Easter […]

Popchips UK Get popped!

Popchips UK Get popped!

I sometimes get sent stuff to try out and then blog about, most of the time it is centered around American holidays which is fine by me! This year for Thanksgiving we got a huge box of Popchips, a relatively new type of potato chip that is hitting the UK by storm. They are now […]

How to tame the tiger parent

How to tame the tiger parent

When I was 12 and 13 I babysat regularly every weekend for two families with babies the same age. One of the moms spent her days showing flash cards to her baby and using educational tools and toys to interact with her baby. The other mom did not. Over the few years I spent with […]

How to have a fabulous Halloween UK style

How to have a fabulous Halloween UK style

I recently spoke to a group of parents about raising cross-cultural kids in Britain and one thing we discussed was turning what could be seen as negatives into positives. We talked a little bit about Halloween and how it’s very hit or miss here and extremely controversial. So here are my hints and tips, the […]

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 […]

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