Bringing Up Brits

The Gruffalo meets Goodnight Moon

The Gruffalo meets Goodnight Moon

I and my family absolutely love children’s books – our house is full to bursting with the likes of Judith Kerr, John Burningham, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and C.S Lewis. And we wouldn’t be truly alive if we didn’t ritually read and recite The Gruffalo, The Tiger who Came to Tea, Albie and the Space […]

The great British heatwave

The great British heatwave

It’s way hot for October in England.  Amazing actually and I’m trying to make the most of it with my family. 27 C which is 80 degrees fahrenheit which is hot for England…. in August. I love that although the weather is historically predictable here, it really never actually is predictable!  Who would have thought […]

Why is making mum friends so hard?

My thoughtful and very smart brother, who lives in South Carolina, sent me a link to a blog post called “Why is making mommy friends so hard?” I read this and thought this lady had mistakenly turned into me when she was writing her post! I had felt her same paranoia, felt her desperation,  her misunderstanding, and […]

“Are you from The Philippines?”

On my way to taking my toddler to pre-school, a man stopped me and asked me, “Are you from The Philippines?”. I smiled and said no and he said Ok, sorry. This is not the first time, or the last I’m sure, that strangers have stopped me and asked me this, although usually it is “Are […]

Flag recognition

Flag recognition

My 8 year old daughter asked me what the British flag looked like – this surprised me. Over the last year or so with the Royal wedding and all, i thought the British flag was seen in alot of places – in schools, on tv, in magazines, on cars and perhaps other places too. She […]

Nurturing cross-cultural kids

Nurturing cross-cultural kids

For those looking for American food products in England, this post is for you. My children love it when we get a delivery of American food. Unfortunately because of the escalated prices and high delivery fees, I only order these indulgences (in the States they would be staples!) once or twice a year. The children […]

Daniela’s story

Whilst writing Bringing Up Brits, I came in contact with many expat parents who are raising their children here in Britain and i heard many of their stories. I am still receiving stories from parents and I wanted to share this one with you. I think it is important to raise awareness and also to […]

It’s about time!

It’s about time!

So after years and years of living in England, having children, living and working as an American expat in Britain, I have finally started a blog about it all. I have wanted to do this ever since I had my first child in 2001 but I suppose life and work in general always got in […]