Bringing Up Brits

A Spanish surprise

A Spanish surprise

We’ve arrived back in England after a few days away in Spain visiting British grandparents and catching some well needed R&R. We love going to Spain during October, out of season, as it’s much more chilled out, fewer tourists and lots of car parking spots open! Plus, the weather is generally still warm and summery. […]

English Summers

English Summers

As I write this post, the view from my window is very grim indeed. Drizzly rain, dark skies, cool winds. Welcome to summer in England! We have had a good stretch of nice sunny weather which has been great. But the thing about July and August in England is that the weather is incredibly unpredictable. […]

The older they get…. my three cross cultural kids

The older they get…. my three cross cultural kids

Raising cross cultural kids means different things at different times during their lives. It’s hard to say how much my American-ness influenced them when they were babies. I’d like to think there was an American influence but in reality, maybe not so much. I do know that before my eldest went to school, his accent […]

It’s the little things that make you happy when living in England

It’s the little things that make you happy when living in England

Living in England as an American is mostly good. It takes a long time to learn how things are done, adapt, fit in, find friends, feel at home, and love the way of life here. It’s not easy, but it does get easier. I love talking to newbies, people who are struggling, people who need […]

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….. ! […]

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 […]

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