• Bilingualism Myth Buster – Children are Sponges!

    “Our kids have gone from being English speakers, to German speakers, to French speakers and now back to English speakers. I realise that this is probably quite unusual, but it has given me some insight into the learning of languages, and what slumbers inside them.”

  • International School versus Public School in Spain

    With an almost overwhelming selection of reputable International and Public schools across Spain, knowing where to begin your search can feel daunting. International families relocating to Spain have often hotly debated whether it is more beneficial to follow the local Spanish or Catalan system, or to enter the more flexible (but at times costly) international school system.

  • Explaining the News to Our Kids

    Kids get their news from many sources — and they’re not always correct. How to talk about the news — and listen, too.

  • Spain top choice for British property purchasers

    A leading overseas mortgage company suggests that 40% of their enquiries are from Brits looking to invest in Spanish property…

  • A snapshot of Family Life in Spain

    MALife blogger Tara Stevens whips around Spain to share with us the best Spanish cities & regions for adventurous families

  • 5 Great Places to Learn Spanish in Madrid

    Want to learn Spanish but feeling bewildered by the number of language schools in the Spanish capital? Madrid blogger Dominique White suggests some great family friendly places to learn Spanish.

  • Cultural differences – from an American mom living in Italy

    “…because these children don’t have a hunger to be special, they don’t compare other people to themselves to evaluate their “specialness,” and therefore are able to genuinely appreciate the efforts of others.” Read more about American mum Michelle Damiani’s take on Italian schools.

  • Relocating to Spain as a teenager

    16-year-old Fabian Svensson moved from his native Sweden to the vibrant Catalan town of Sitges with his family when he was just 13. He talks to MumAbroad Life about his experiences, the challenges and rewards of making such a life-changing move as a teenager.

  • School shoes – get the fit right

    Costa del Sol Physiotherapist Estelle Mitchell gives some specialist advice on ensuring your children’s shoes are the perfect fit for the school year ahead.

  • The joys and challenges of raising a child abroad

    “Being an immigrant, just like being a parent, brings challenges; and how we respond to those challenges will affect our children for the rest of their lives” Read Dani Kenyon’s account of being a parent away from ‘home’ in Barcelona…

  • 5 tips for starting a business abroad

    Starting a business can be challenging in your own country, let alone starting one abroad. Here are Halo Financial’s tips for a successful journey to being in control of your own destiny…

  • 5 excellent outdoor eateries in Madrid for summertime dining

    Looking for a shady place to eat outdoors in the last of the summer heat? Here are Dominique’s recommendations for family-friendly restaurants with terraces that serve delicious food in Madrid.

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

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rebecca@mumabroad.com