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    Raising Children in Italy – 6 ways I am not like the average Italian mother

    “When I go home to visit my family in Australia they tell me I have become more Italian when it comes to parenting, yet when I am in Italy parents tell me that I am very Australian. I guess I have adapted a little and I am a bit in the middle.”

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    How to cope with a new school system

    “If I could change one thing, it would be to have insisted on a meeting at the beginning of the school year, to ask about the processes in school – how the children are expected to be kitted out, what is the requirement in respect of uniform and sportswear, what are the rules for homework etc.”

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    7 tips to help you take better pictures of your kids

    Mum and photographer Raquel Ferreirinha, who moved from Berlin to Dublin and now lives in Italy in a house on a hill by the Adriatic sea, talks to MumAbroad about how to photograph children.

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    When Family Life is an Adventure

    Linda Martinez and her husband opened The Beehive in 1999: a place where they connect their love of Rome and their own personal passions and interests with their guests and their community.

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    Nutritionist Mary Brighton

    “Children are growing. They need healthy foods and physical exercise to do this properly. Eating healthily and getting adequate physical activity as a child is an ‘investment’ towards being a healthy adult!”

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    The moment you realise you have made it

    From a dentist and a wedding planner to an architect and hotelier this series explores the great and not so great of doing business in Italy.

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    Workplace Customs Around the World

    If you are moving to another country or you are doing business abroad, there are some cultural differences that you will need to take into account. Our partner Cigna Global have created this infographic that will take you through the different workplace customs around the world.

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    From industrial Liverpool via international Monaco to the idyllic French countryside

    Kelly Nowocien talks to MumAbroad Life about the major changes in her life and how they have helped her build a business she is passionate about.

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    “They all miss their Mums.”

    “I didn’t come this far to only come this far”. So, whatever happens, whatever it takes, and whatever means we must use, we WILL get those children out of the Jungle and into loving family homes here in Spain.

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    Hospital Tales: “All The Single Ladies in the Mountains of Trentino”

    My hospital roommate is one of 4 sisters; 3 still to marry and 1 a widow I was told. Coincidentally their Mum was also called Emma. I guess their collective age together, on the conservative side, must be coming on for around 350 years.

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    Expat lessons from my five-year-old

    “Rather than going through the motions and just accepting things, without making an effort to change and adapt, you can embrace your inner child and get out there.”

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    Meandering through Veneto

    Five nights without our children – we chose to visit Veneto. Christian, my Italian husband, planned the route (according to his love of wine, childhood memories and recommendations from our friends) and I had chosen the accommodation.

Note from the Founders

MumAbroad was founded by Rebecca Laidlaw, an Internet Marketing consultant & Carrie Frais, a Journalist and PR executive. Carrie lives in Barcelona and is Mum to Poppy (7) and Bertie (5) and Rebecca lives in Oxfordshire (UK) and has 3 children, Ollie (7), Sophie (5) and Theo (1).

“In 2007, we were both living in the beautiful city of Barcelona, having each just given birth to our first child. With no extended family to help with childcare, we looked for other resources to help guide us through this challenging period of our lives. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find easily accessible information about activities and services for parents. It soon became apparent that there was a growing niche for an English language website which would offer parents from the International Community valuable information such as child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants. After extensive research and the help of scores of mothers, Barcelona Mum was born, offering a comprehensive and personalized guide to family life in Barcelona. Within a few months MumAbroad Spain was launched, incorporating the whole of Catalunya and subsequently Madrid, Andalucia, the Costa Blanca and the Balearics. As the site gained momentum, MumAbroad France, MumAbroad Italy and MumAbroad Germany were established and in 2014 the four sites were amalgamated under one roof.

We believe that, in the majority of cases, parents are the best judge of anything child-related, so that is why our site is based purely on recommendation. Every service, group or activity on our website has been recommended by at least one Mum or Dad. In our interview section, you can read about other mums’ experiences of living abroad as well as interviews with a host of childhood experts. In our Women in Business section, we’ve discovered some inspirational ladies, who have established successful businesses in and created a life for themselves, many of whom have had to juggle work and family life. Our forum allows parents to share concerns, offer advice, advertise services, buy & sell items and virtually meet others in an online community.”

Carrie & Rebecca