Bringing Up Brits

Talks I enjoyed and learned from at FIGT 2018

Talks I enjoyed and learned from at FIGT 2018

One of the great joys in life (and in work) is learning and expanding on what we might already know (or not know) but seeing things afresh or from new perspectives. My last blog post was about the Families in Global Transition conference in the Hague where I was a presenter but also enjoyed the […]

Families in Global Transition

Families in Global Transition

Last month, from March 8 to the 10th, I spent three wonderful, life affirming days at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) annual conference. As a first time attendee, before going, I wasn’t sure what to expect nor was I confident in my decision to take valuable time out of my working schedule and away […]

The New US Embassy London

The New US Embassy London

The New US Embassy London address: Embassy of the United States of America 33 Nine Elms Lane London SW11 7US Nothing much has changed regarding the actual process for US citizen services; registering a birth, applying for a passport, renewing a child passport BUT, the new US Embassy is in a different part of London. […]

Raising cross-cultural kids in Britain

Raising cross-cultural kids in Britain

Only by chance, very recently, I have learnt about the existence of Meghan Peterson Fenn’s book Bringing Up Brits, and I’m glad I did! As an expat and mother myself, I’m almost relieved that someone has been brave enough and passionate enough to examine the difficulties that come with raising cross-cultural kids in Britain, from […]

How to move to England infographic

How to move to England infographic

Not sure infographics as we know and use them now in blogs and social media existed when I moved to England, I certainly never saw any nor were any brought to my attention. My move was only supposed to be temporary and because I was already living outside my home country, I didn’t do much […]

Three countries in one day

Three countries in one day

Firstly, I am so sorry about not posting for a while. It’s been hectic and a heartbreaking and tragic time for a while and I’m only just now feeling inspired to write. We have recently returned from a family holiday to Slovenia and Croatia, one week in each, both beautiful places with very different landscapes […]

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 […]

Mince pies – our tradition, always a reminder

Mince pies – our tradition, always a reminder

I have now been living my life and raising my family in England for 18 years; that’s nearly half my life. There are far too many mixed feelings that I could talk about, why I have them and why they will probably never fade. This is one reason I started this blog. A place where […]

An American in Helsinki

An American in Helsinki

For my 45th birthday, my husband whisked me off to Gatwick, sans enfants, walked me blindfolded (not literally) through to the gate where, to my delight, I saw we were about to board a plane set for Helsinki, Finland. Amazing! What a fabulous birthday surprise. I never would have thought I’d visit Helsinki but now […]

An odd feeling this Thanksgiving

An odd feeling this Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone from over here in the UK! I can’t help but feel that this year there is an odd feeling surrounding Thanksgiving with a lot of people struggling to find something to give thanks for. It’s been one hell of a year, that’s for sure. I’m thankful for the following: My British husband […]

Halloween in the UK

Halloween in the UK

Well, my work is done. You are welcome. Tee hee. Halloween is an established holiday (not an actual holiday) now in the UK and I’m thrilled to report that more people than ever are taking part in Halloween celebrations across the country! Over 10 years ago, I introduced Halloween and Trick-or-Treating to a humble street […]

Mum Hacks

Mum Hacks

Book review: Mum Hacks – Time-saving tips to calm the chaos of family life by Tanith Carey Best bits Covers all age ranges from babies to young teens Covers cooking to parenting to taking care of yourself, jam packed with time saving tips! Excellent swapping ideas for toys for younger children (chapter 2 Playtime Planning) […]

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 […]

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