• Preparing your child for school in Spain

    “It is really important, despite any doubts you might have, to keep a positive attitude at all times and to avoid transmitting any of your anxieties to your child.” Education expert Bridget Nelson gives advice on how to prepare your child for starting school for the first time.

  • ODS is taking teenage education to the next level

    Barcelona sets the pace for the renewal of education for teenagers with a new ground-breaking space, that offers new learning methodologies, creative environments and innovative technologies.

  • Interview with Beatriz Carro de Prada, Founding Partner of BRS Relocation

    “The majority of our current clients move because of work commitments. This wasn’t always the case – when I started the business back in 2001 we had a lot of families from the UK who moved to Spain because of the lifestyle. Cheap flights from the UK had just started prompting many families to move to a sunnier country. Also many American families wanted to give their children a European experience and came for a year.”

  • Family-friendly festivals in Berlin 2018

    If you are visiting Berlin this summer with children, don’t miss the numerous family-friendly festivals the city has to offer.

  • Travelling with toddlers by train in Germany

    This summer travel blogger Julia travelled by train with her 3 year old daughter and found her experience quite mixed.

  • The quick and easy guide to importing your car and other possessions into Spain

    Are you aware of the custom restrictions when bringing your personal possessions into Spain? Read on to find about more importing cars, food products, artwork and antiques from the United States and Canada.

  • 10 tips for shopping safer online

    Shopping online can be fun and convenient but did you know there are ways to keep yourself and your family safe on the internet?

  • Create your own little bit of Barcelona to take home with you

    Angelika Heinbach, owner of Mosaiccos, talks to MumAbroad Life about her passion for Gaudi’s architecture and design why she set up her business.

  • On The Attitude to Children in Spain

    “Kids are practically VIPs here in every social setting. In a tapas restaurant the other day, the waiter bent down to my children’s level, took both their hands and whisked them off behind the bar. They chortled with delight and re-emerged moments later with a chocolate treat each.”

  • A coworking space with a difference in the heart of Granada

    “From the beginning CoFamily has been a space for meetings and events that are always related to maternal entrepreneurship or activities for families. Throughout the year we offer workshops focused on learning for both families and children.”

  • A box full of surprises!

    Degustabox offers up to 15 delicious treats delivered straight to your door each month. Many of the brands are new and haven’t even hit the stores yet.

  • Interview with Dominique White, Group Scout Leader for 1st Madrid

    “Scouting provides children with the opportunity to meet with their peers in an informal setting, away from school or Sunday school. The children work towards specific goals, are focussed, learn how to work in a team, learn by doing, have fun, share and are responsible.”

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