Part 1 of a three part series addressing the difficulties of going back to work after having children in Italy and the role of women in Italian society and the workplace in 2016.
“We wilt, and the children wilt along with us. So, to survive the long Andalucían summer you need to have some strategies for combatting el calor.”
“Sometimes life just gives you a big push to throw everything up in the air and make big changes, I like renewal it keeps me fresh and opens me up to new ideas and new avenues.”
Amelia Hunter shares her journey: her own exhausting experience with a newborn who wouldn’t sleep led her to become a professional Sleep Consultant.
Millie Slavidou suggests how to support bilingual children, particularly in the tween and teenage years. “This is a tricky age to keep them motivated, as they are often immersed in the local majority language, and may not be interested in their minority language.”
Handy tips on how to look after money, cards, valuable items and travel documentation while travelling abroad and what to do if something is lost or stolen.
“Lawyers aren’t just there to sort out the mess, they are there to try and prevent the mess happening in the first place.” Fiona Borthwick – Lawyer
One mother’s experience following the stillbirth of her daughter.
“Modern motorhomes are light, comfortable and spacious with lots of storage for toys and other essentials.”
Headteacher Audrey Reeder looks at the best ways to teach children how to create a dialogue and think creatively about a situation.
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.
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
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