Bringing Up Brits

3 kids in 3 different schools – welcome to crazy!

3 kids in 3 different schools – welcome to crazy!

I didn’t realise how good I had it last school year with only two children in the same school. In September 2013, my eldest changed schools and went up to High School and my youngest started in reception. All of a sudden I had 3 children in 3 different schools! The year before that was […]

Tips for a great weekend with the kids

  20 outdoor activities to do with your kids British summer is unpredictable, we all know that. We all want to make the most of those precious few sunny days we do get and as the weather is set to be good for the foreseeable future it is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors. House […]

This is why British people say Maths instead of Math

If you’ve ever wondered, like I have, why British people say Maths instead of Math then watch this video explaining the origins of the word and why there is so much heated debate surrounding both ways of saying Math the American way and Maths the British way. I saw this video on Facebook, posted by […]

Cricket, explained by my British son

Cricket, explained by my British son

My son Sam who is in year 7 is quite sporty and has discovered his favourite school PE activity is cricket. To my understanding, they play a slightly modified version which is more suited to their age and ability. However, knowing diddly squat about cricket to begin with, I wouldn’t have known any different.  Although […]

Pants

Pants

Recently, we’ve had weekly discussions about the word ‘pants’. When my two older children were little, they thought of pants as trousers. Now, they think I’m weird for calling trousers pants and they cringe when I say underpants. They also misunderstand me sometimes when I use the word pants and I sometimes misunderstand them, albeit […]

How to choose a good summer school for your child

How to choose a good summer school for your child

Educationalists have long been concerned with the phenomenon of the learning gap. Study after study has shown how the break in children’s learning that occurs over the long summer holiday sees gains made in the previous school year eroded and the new school year starting with a lot of catching up, covering old ground and […]

US embassy London – hints and tips

US embassy London – hints and tips

This past Thursday, we made the trip to the US embassy in London to renew our daughter’s American passport. For children under the age of 16, you must renew in person. We’ve done this trip several times since our eldest was born in 2001. We’ve registered births, applied for passports and social security cards and […]

Future-proofing your child: four essential work skills to learn now

Future-proofing your child: four essential work skills to learn now

Future-proofing your child: four essential work skills to learn now – guest post As parents it is very easy to worry so much about our children’s qualifications that we can forget the many other skills employers look for when they offer that first job. What skills do employers want to see evidence of and how […]

Tutoring via Skype

Tutoring via Skype

So I normally get up at 4am to work while it’s quiet, but this morning I was woken at 2am by our new and apparently loud and sleepless neighbors. It was a shock because the house next door has been empty for over a year and we are an end terrace and our previous neighbors were elderly […]

Freezing in Britain – Top Tips for Keeping Warm!

Freezing in Britain – Top Tips for Keeping Warm!

January and February are always the most depressing months here in Britain. The bills come in, the darkness is oppressive and the cold is persistent. I know there are colder places in the world, but the cold here just seems so COLD and without abundant soft snow or amazing icy glaciers to look at, it’s […]

6 Helpful Apps to Use While Traveling During the Holidays

6 Helpful Apps to Use While Traveling During the Holidays

Whether you are flying, driving or walking down the street, traveling for the holidays can be chaotic. From car rentals and packing to baking and gift giving, starting now until the new year, count on making lots of online reservations, spending a few shiny pennies and eating plenty of pumpkin pie. While on the go, […]

Tax Rules for Americans Living and Working in the UK

Tax Rules for Americans Living and Working in the UK

For those who are working in the UK and need advice and help on your taxes, this useful guest post explains how you can easily get into trouble and more importantly, how you can get out of trouble and also where to start, what to do and who can do it for you. Take time […]