Bringing Up Brits

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 […]

The Joy of Living by the sea in England

The Joy of Living by the sea in England

The joy of living by the sea in England really comes to light during the summer months. It’s been an incredibly busy time with work and this past weekend was jam packed both days! Didn’t get any R&R but I did manage to enjoy a few minutes on a lunch break to sit quietly and […]

How to survive World Cup frenzy

How to survive World Cup frenzy

On our first date in an expat bar in Prague, my British boyfriend asked me if I liked football to which I nonchalantly replied yes. On our next date, he took me to a sports bar to watch football. And I mean actually watch it. At the time, I didn’t realize that his seemingly inane […]

Home Sweet Home England

Home Sweet Home England

Aaaaaaah….. no matter how much travelling goes on or where you are re-locating to, it’s always great to have a ‘home’. Home for me is family and our house – wherever that may be! Currently it’s still England for now. Love the fact that the sun is shining today as I play catch up and […]

Shock, anger, sadness and regret

Just over 6 months ago, my mother called me up long distance to inform me that my younger sister was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and was about to undergo chemotherapy. Shock, anger, sadness and regret. That’s what I felt – in that order. I don’t need to explain the first three. But regret, […]

Top Ten Best Things About Raising Children in Britain

Celebrate Britain – there are some things that I think are absolutely wonderful about living and raising my children here. I’ve got a top ten! This list has been compiled from my book Bringing Up Brits and also from my own personal experience. 1. NHS and free meds for children 2. Acceptance of other cultures […]

“Are you from The Philippines?”

On┬ámy 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 […]

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 […]