Bringing Up Brits

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 […]

The Lunch Project – USA to Africa, Africa to USA

The Lunch Project – USA to Africa, Africa to USA

Through my work as a writer, I’ve met some incredible people and learned about some incredible stories. Rebecca Wofford is one such incredible person with a truly incredible and inspiring story. Rebecca and I actually went to college together but we haven’t seen each other since we graduated in 1994. We got back in touch through […]

Losing your identity, finding a touchstone

Do you feel you’ve lost part of your identity when you left your home country and moved to a foreign place? Do you move around a lot? Are you constantly starting over? Are you a ‘trailing spouse’? Are you ‘bringing up brits’ as a non British parent? I think when we leave our home countries […]

Sharing what I’ve learned – offering help and advice

Sharing what I’ve learned – offering help and advice

I sometimes write guest blog posts and articles for other websites. I enjoy doing this and also enjoy reading what other people blog about as it’s usually in a similar vein to what I tend to write. My most recent post is called ‘How I turned redundancy into a an expat entrepreneur adventure’ originally posted […]

I’m American so I’m fat.

I’m American so I’m fat.

I love my kids, I really do. But they sometimes frustrate the hell outta me! They are SO British. Apparently last night at dinner was ‘bash the American at the table’ night. I got accused of talking funny – not British but not American either. I got teased for being a ‘foreigner’ and had to […]

Generosity leads to a life more abundant

Generosity leads to a life more abundant

I was chatting with a Bringing Up Brits reader the other day and she was telling me that as she gets older and the longer she lives in Britain, the more she wants to get back to her Chinese roots. She’s married to a British man and is bringing up two young Brits, half Chinese. […]

I laughed, I cried – I really did!

I laughed, I cried – I really did!

I Laughed, I Cried by Viv Groskop is a fantastic book that made me laugh out loud, feel physically sick to my stomach, crave diet coke from a pub, inhale sharply, exhale loudly, feel inspired to take on my own challenges of the moment, and utterly in awe of her achievement. It also made me […]

Bloody British English

It’s funny how swearing in a different language doesn’t really feel like swearing. I remember when I lived in Prague we met some Germans in an expat pub and they taught us swear words – hilarious! I over used them to the point where I embarassed everyone around us. Oops. There are some swear words […]

London meet up anyone?

London meet up anyone?

Inspired by one of my very lovely blog followers, I am putting the word out there that I intend to arrange a ‘Bringing Up Brits’ London meet-up (YES, in PERSON!) at some point this summer. You don’t have to be ‘bringing up Brits’ or even living here permanently. This invitation is open to anyone who follows my […]

From Japan to Bulgaria and beyond. Calling all expats in biz!

There’s nothing like the beginning of a new year to galvanize you into action! This week Heidi and I have been working hard on our venture – a new book about expats starting up businesses abroad. We have 8 wonderful contributors from the US, the UK, Bulgaria, Japan, Sweden, China, Canada and France who are […]

Part 1 – What’s your favorite Christmas tradition from your home country?

Part 1 – What’s your favorite Christmas tradition from your home country?

There are many American Christmas traditions that I love and miss, probably the main one being the traditional Christmas party where the parties are held in someone’s home. I have so many memories of the lavish parties I went to with my parents – lots of decadent food, beautiful decorations and enourmous gorgeous Christmas trees. […]

Standing Out From the Dutch Crowd, British Style

Standing Out From the Dutch Crowd, British Style

Guest post by Amanda van Mulligen October 2012 I have three little boys who have both Dutch and British nationality. We live in the Netherlands, the birth country of my husband and our children but not mine. Up until the year 2000 England was my home. Up until that time I could not have imagined […]

“Our home country is England and there is an abundant supply of Cadbury Dairy Milk!”

“Our home country is England and there is an abundant supply of Cadbury Dairy Milk!”

This is the moving story of a British mum returning to her homeland, England, after experiencing life as an exapt in Shanghai. It is the beginning of an adjustment to repatriation for herself and her two children, one of whom had never experienced school in England before now. This is Lois’s story: Myself and my […]