• 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.

  • Spain number one destination for British over 50s

    Spain tops the list as the ultimate retirement destination for Brits, with France at number 2…

  • Making a splash in Madrid!

    With this summer’s temperatures soaring to record levels in Spain’s capital, we thought we’d help you out with ways to cool off. Here’s our guide to Madrid pools.

  • 10 Great Birthday Party locations in Madrid

    Looking for an alternative to a few games at home with a handful of friends to celebrate your child’s birthday party in or around Madrid? Our Madrid blogger Dominique White gives her selection of indoor and outdoor venues to make you wish you were a child again.

  • A Place at the Table

    “Here is what is striking about Italian schools, or at least Spellani schools. There are no bullies. There are no bullies. There are no Queen Bees. And there are no outcasts. My eyes fill with tears as I write this, and if you have ever loved a child who has been victim to the caste system inherent in American schools, I think you will understand why I find it so astonishing, and so moving”

  • A scary birth with a happy ending

    One Barcelona-based mother’s account of a moving, harrowing and ultimately uplifting birth story.

  • Stubborn in Madrid

    American-born yoga instructor Faith Miller shares the experience of moving to Madrid with her husband and daughter and how immersion in the language was not as straightforward as it was cracked up to be.

  • Free Kids Activities in Paris

    Parenting in Paris on a Budget

    Navigating Paris with small children in tow can be quite the challenge.Here are a few free or inexpensive resources recommended by Paris-based Expat mums to help you enjoy the best of parenting in Paris and avoid some of the less fun parts.

  • The Art of Reinvention

    MumAbroad co-founder Carrie Frais was recently a speaker at the AWE (Assertive Women Entrepreneurs) summit in Barcelona. She chose to tell her own story entitled the ‘Art of Re-invention’.

  • Our Languages Abroad

    “When we move abroad, our languages move with us.” Madalena summarises some of the concerns that globe-trotting parents have expressed over the years, about our languages abroad.

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

carrie@mumabroad.com
rebecca@mumabroad.com