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.
“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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“Whilst the adoption process took an agonising three and a half years to progress, I planned, once I had my child, to leave London where I’d been for over 20 years and move to Edinburgh to be closer to the mountains.” Pippa Curtis
Corinne relocated to Madrid from Brussels at the end of 2013 with her husband and 2 young boys. She has German parents, but grew up in France. Spain is the fifth country she has been living in. Passionate about color and interior design she founded Corinne Kowal Interiors in 2010.
Learning about the new culture and engaging with your new community can help children to adapt and have a smoother transition.
“For me the key is respect: respect for the families and the way they decide to raise their children, respect for the children and who they are, and respect for the pace in which every child develops.”
Paris is an amazing city for your holidays. If you are headed to the city of lights you need to schedule in some kid-friendly activities. In Paris there are many.
“The EU was the springboard into my adult working life and the foundation upon which my career, marriage, family and friendships have been built on.”
Granpreneur Michaela Hansen, founder of Granny Aupair, matches older ladies looking for the chance to travel, with families from around the world as ‘granny au pairs’.
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