• Adventures in Language

    Expat Mum Fleur Fields highlights the ups and downs of learning new language (with a little help from Shakira).

  • The Fine Art of Making Friends in a New Country

    Kindergarten teacher Adrienne Walder explores the challenging, frustrating and often amusing process of forging friendships when moving to a new country.

  • The perks and quirks of having a baby in Spain

    Being an expat new mother comes along with a whole host of new challenges and cultural conventions to get used to. Here are 10 things you should know.

  • Top ten problems of growing up multilingual

    Although it may sound to some like a dream, being brought up multilingual can have its downsides. Trilingual journalist Anna Pujol-Mazzini lists ten of the most common problems.

  • Bilinguals Think Differently Depending On Language

    Fascinating new research shows bilinguals think differently depending on the language they’re operating in

  • I am not a Mum

    British-born Adrienne Walder shares the pain of undergoing several miscarriages and taking the path of choosing not have a family as an expat in Hong Kong.

  • ‘Quality of Life’ tops MumAbroad poll

    A survey carried out in January 2015 of over 650 MumAbroad readers found that Quality of Life came out top in their reasons for living abroad

  • The trouble with kissing

    Social customs can be challenging when moving to a new country and trying to embrace a new culture. Fleur Fields discovers the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of the social kiss……..

  • Children need stories – you too!

    Sheryl Scharschmidt recently gave up her career as a nursery teacher to concentrate on her passion for storytelling for children. Here she tells us why she believes we should always harbour the ‘child’ in you.

  • Jennifer Mcllvaine of ‘Life Italian Style’

    US born Jennifer McIIlvane of ‘Life Italian Style’ talks to MumAbroad about the journey from dropping out of dance school in Philadelphia to how life as a foodie in Italy with her husband and two young children.

  • A mother’s love. One woman’s story of grief, living away from ‘home’.

    MumAbroad co-founder Carrie Frais describes the day she heard her mum had passed away and how, after the initial shock and despair, came to terms with her loss and is back on a positive path once again.

  • Time to breathe…..

    This week as I careered through Barcelona centre juggling a silly schedule; work, doctor’s appointments, children’s birthday preparations (you know how it is; we are all busy right?) I was surprised to find myself with an imposed hour between appointments.

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