• Creating a climate of questioning

    Headteacher Audrey Reeder looks at the best ways to teach children how to create a dialogue and think creatively about a situation.

  • The uneasy road to bilingualism

    Andrea moved to a small town in the north of Perugia in 2002 with her husband and 2 year old twin daughters. Here she talks about the challenges in bringing up her girls to be bilingual.

  • The rise of travelling families and world-schooling

    More families than ever are taking ‘edventures’ – long-term trips where children learn on the road. The Guardian talks to nomadic parents about the pros and cons of dropping out to travel the world

  • Regaining passion and intimacy with your partner

    In the reality of everyday life – juggling children’s actives, the school run and work – finding time to be intimate with your partner can be a complicated goal to achieve.

  • I am not prepared for this.

    An American in Italy – Michelle Damiani reminds us that as well as the good there are also many hardships that accompany the act of leaving behind language, support, school, and familiar customs.

  • Kids and Coding

    “It’s an initiative to get more kids into digital creativeness. To help them discover that you can create things yourself and not only be a consumer of the technological world.”

  • Child-friendly Madrid

    “I find that opening art to children is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling as they are exposed to new images and compositions that they decode in very original ways.”

  • Visiting Paris with a Baby

    Spanish art historian Almudena Cros took her 5 month old son to Paris to introduce him to some classic art. Here she documents their experience.

  • Promoting Preventative Healthcare

    “Being a mother to 3 girls led me to look for support in the society around me.”

  • Beautiful big faces

    “I used to paint until much later in the evening and I miss the quiet of that time of day to be creative, but I’m happy to do family things instead and feel like I get enough time to do my work.”

  • Should we stay or should we go?

    Andrea and Tony moved to a small town in Perugia in December 2002 with their twin daughters. Mia and Cara are now 15 years old. Every Christmas they wonder should they stay at home in Italy or go to England to visit family and friends?

  • How to feel good about your post baby body

    “How about we turn the pressure cooker off for a moment and forget about losing weight or aiming for a certain dress size. The more we focus on losing weight, the harder it will be.”

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