Bringing Up Brits

The most British of them all

The most British of them all

My middle child, my one girl, born on March 7th 2003 is without a doubt the most ‘British’ of all my children. She’s quietly beautiful, reserved, wary of foreign places she knows nothing about, doesn’t like to socialize unless it’s with people she already knows, finds going out too much effort so prefers to stay […]

Grandir avec trois nationalités

Grandir avec trois nationalités

Je ne suis pas Anglais, mais Français. Je n’ai pas célébré la bataille d’Azincourt, mais la victoire d’Orléans. J’étais bien meilleur en Allemand qu’en Anglais à l’école. Je suis derrière l’Irlande, l’Ecosse, les Gallois et même l’Italie dans le tournoi des six nations, pourvu que l’Angleterre ne gagne pas. Et pourtant, je suis lié à […]

How about living with three nationalities?

How about living with three nationalities?

I am not English, but French. I do not celebrate the Battle of Agincourt, but the victory of Orleans. At school, I was good at German, not at English. I support Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy as long as England does not win the Six Nations Championship. Yet I am bound to my best enemy […]

Wise Tales – Living the USA Dream

Wise Tales – Living the USA Dream

When I casually said to my husband “I want to live somewhere hot” one freezing winters day back in the UK, I never imagined myself living as an Expat in North Carolina……Never mind that we thought we were heading for Dallas until 2 months prior to leaving!  We are actually in Cornelius, North Carolina, which […]

A British mum of two in Tucson

A British mum of two in Tucson

Our family of 4 have come to live in Tucson for a few months. We have been here for exactly two months today, so far my kids have only lived in England, surrounded by English culture even though their father is American and I am half Scottish and Indian, they mainly identify with being what […]

How I went from business idea to reality in 3 months – guest post

How I went from business idea to reality in 3 months – guest post

In July this year I took my children camping in the Yorkshire Dales. As I sat gazing at the campfire with a gorgeous sunset adding touches of pink to the sky, I mulled over my work situation. I was at a crossroads. Like many expats, I had been forced down the self-employment route due to […]

Californian expat living in London – Guest Post

Californian expat living in London – Guest Post

I moved to London in May 2002 to be with my then- British boyfriend/now-husband. It was exciting but scary. I had visited the UK before so it was not an entirely strange land. And as the British spoke English, it was not that daunting to move there from California. But moving to the UK was […]

Raising British Children in Central Asia
 – Guest Post

Raising British Children in Central Asia
 – Guest Post

I am married to a British man and our two children are British – they spent the first years of their lives in the UK and identify it as ‘their’ country of origin.  We currently live in Kazakhstan and are moving to Malaysia in a few months time – they love their host countries, their […]

Of no fixed abode – guest post

Of no fixed abode – guest post

I am a South African living in York. I’ve arrived here by circuitous route. After spending my entire life growing up in apartheid South Africa, unable to travel out of the country, at the age of twenty-one I finally left for a year of exploring Europe and East Africa. I returned home to South Africa […]

Kiwi cacophony meets British reserve – Guest post

Kiwi cacophony meets British reserve – Guest post

There are many positive traits one can associate with the British people. Great shoes. Exquisite manners. An endearing sense of self-control and restraint. Some of these mannerisms are very contagious. After only two years of living in the UK I am already in the habit of saying “sorry” for everything. I am definitely a little […]

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Britain

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Britain

Celebrating non British holidays and traditions while living in Britain as a non Brit can be tricky. I’ve tried to celebrate Thanksgiving and the 4th of July in order to give my children first hand experience and knowledge of them so that they will eventually become part of their history. There is also the element […]

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