Bringing Up Brits

School uniform – a life saver or a no no?

School uniform – a life saver or a no no?

Here in England, most State schools require pupils to where a uniform or at least a ‘jumper’ with the school’s logo or emblem. The standard school uniform for first and middle schools normally consists of black or grey trousers (I usually forget and call them pants) or skirts, a white polo style shirt, black shoes […]

A little show called ‘Friends’

A little show called ‘Friends’

Many British people have told me how much they loathe ‘Friends’ one of the most successful television shows ever because it’s either too loud, too stupid, too American, not funny enough or the actors are just annoying. Thankfully, my British husband is not amongst those who don’t like it and tolerates my forever addiction and […]

UK election 2015, an American parent’s view

UK election 2015, an American parent’s view

My Bringing Up Brits blog has never been political nor do I wish it to be, but how can one escape a national election? And as someone who is raising children in the UK, why wouldn’t I be interested? It has been exceptionally captivating with a disappointing outcome. My British husband stayed up most of […]

Daughter swap

Daughter swap

I had a great conversation a few days ago with Jenny Rutterford a British mum who spent several years in Miami, Florida. We were talking about our daughters who are of a similar age; however, her daughter’s first school experience was in the US and my daughter’s of course was here in the UK. Since […]

The British Accent

The British Accent

I was talking about accents the other day with a Canadian friend who used to live here but repatriated a few years ago. She was saying how British children sound so posh and sophisticated due to their accents. I used to think that too! Until I had children who speak with a British accent….. ! […]

An eventful March – birthdays, NHS and fundraising!

An eventful March – birthdays, NHS and fundraising!

Gosh this month has been full of birthdays, hospital visits, a surprise surgery and lots of work. I think I’ve re-defined my own definition of busy! Through it all, we’ve been safe in the knowledge that the National Health Service (NHS) here in Britain is here to help no matter what the hour or the […]

Understanding how to be British but still American through and through

Understanding how to be British but still American through and through

Inspired by a blog post by Amanda van Mulligen, a British expat in the Netherlands, this post is about the fact that while being American through and through, I mostly (probably not completely just yet) understand and really get what it means to be British. And, shock horror! I sometimes really love it! From the […]

One down, one cheat, and an extra one completed from my expat bucket list

One down, one cheat, and an extra one completed from my expat bucket list

Many blog posts ago I wrote down my expat bucket list. Looking back now, I see I was very ambitious! Maybe too ambitious. However, I’m pleased to report that I’ve actually achieved one of them, I’ve sort of done another one although it’s a bit of a cheat and I’ve completed an additional one that […]

Guest lecture to University students in London

Guest lecture to University students in London

WHAT: Guest lecture on raising cross cultural children in Britain to a group of American students studying child development WHO: Students of the University of Lipscomb, Nashville, TN USA WHERE: Russell Square, London UK Dr John Conger of Lipscomb University contacted me in January explaining that he was bringing a group of American students to […]

Year 9 options in UK schools

Year 9 options in UK schools

For those who, like me, had no idea what options meant or what GCSEs were then talk to your child’s teachers – visit the school, find out all the information relevant to your child’s year 10 and 11 options. Last week I attended the parents’ options evening at my son’s school for year 9 students. […]

The middle aged parent

The middle aged parent

Did I ever think I would be a middle aged parent? Did any of us? My husband recently celebrated his 46th birthday. I think for both of us, this is significant – he’s closer to 50 now than he is to 40. He is officially middle aged. That makes me officially middle aged too although […]

Out with the old, in with the new – Goodbye BUB blog as we know it

Out with the old, in with the new – Goodbye BUB blog as we know it

After much MUCH discussion with friends, family, readers and supporters of Bringing Up Brits blog, I have made a monumental decision. It will take some time for me to carry out the changes I plan on making to Bringing Up Brits blog so please bear with me on this. I have absolutely loved blogging about […]

The great British tin scare

The great British tin scare

I recently had a tin scare. Yes, a tin scare. This is me admitting that I am happy to bake cakes for school events whenever required BUT I’d better damn well get my tin back! Is it just me? Is that uncharitable? After last week’s baking for school fayres (I’ll never feel right about spelling […]

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