• A dedicated sixth form college offering a wide choice of academic and vocational subjects in the heart of Palma

    Ali Lawrence and Jill Witkamp, founders of Palma College in Mallorca, which opened for students in September 2013, talk about the challenges of opening the island’s first international sixth form college.

  • Mimoun relocation agency, tailor-made services and social networks

    Penelope Olij-Perez, Co-Founder of Mimoun relocation agency, talks to MumAbroad Life about her passion for helping others and how she uses her extended social network to make clients feel at home.

  • The small business guide to perfecting your digital strategy

    Niamh Lynch is a digital strategist who works with small businesses to transform how they approach the often baffling world of online marketing. Here’s our interview…

  • On Settling into Life in Spain with Young Children: The Early Days

    Erica, mother of two and wife of one, tells us about those first heady days of relocating half way around the world, introducing her children to Alhambra Palace and finding out what life in Spain it is all about.

  • Would you hire a male nanny?

    “Recently however, it seems attitudes towards male nannies are changing fast, which can only be positive. People are beginning to let up on the bias that a career in childcare is only for women.” The Nanny Line, Barcelona

  • Interview with Midwife and Lactation Consultant Gabriella Pacini

    Midwife and Lactation Consultant Gabriella Pacini talks to MumAbroad Life about giving birth in Italy, pre- and postnatal care and the importance of breastfeeding.

  • Stylish and sturdy products to help parents adapt and survive

    With over 20 years of research and development experience, and a Red Dot design award, phil&teds is still setting trends and global innovations.

  • AuPairWorld – connecting and caring

    “The family invites the au pair for a fixed period of time and treats him or her like a member of the family…..In the context of the au pair placement, the focus is laid upon the mutual cultural exchange between au pairs and host families.” AuPairWorld, the world’s leading au pair agency on the internet.

  • Christian Bale, Caesarian sections and taking control

    “I gave birth to my daughter Millie (short for Miller) in June of 2007 after 9 months of learning how to defend myself from an unnecessary C-section, and there began the greatest adventure of my life.” Kiersten, Owner & Founder, Bellies Abroad

  • Music Together in Barcelona

    The Music Together® philosophy and method can be applied to very different ages in the preschool years, so we mix babies with toddlers and kids till 5 years old (always together with adults). You’ll often find siblings of different ages in the same class. (Piero, founder Music Together Barcelona)

  • Expat life in America

    Katja and her husband left their native Germany to live in the USA in the summer of 2016 with their 2 young daughters. Here she talks to MumAbroad Life about adapting to life as an Expat in America.

  • Reinventing oneself to survive

    Andrea and her husband Tony found that by grabbing every opportunity as it passed, in their adopted hometown, has allowed them to live their dream and has given them the flexibility to spend quality family time with each other and with their twin daughters. Here she shares their journey with MumAbroad Life.

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

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