“To be truly bilingual, I believe a child needs to be able to read and write in both languages, as well as to be able to speak both. By being fully bilingual children have more options. If they decide at a later date to work or study in the UK, having recognised English language skills is a definite advantage.” Sue Aitken
“There are three lessons I have learned about life as an expat. It helps to be adaptable, patient and have a big support network.” Marisa moved to Bordeaux with her husband and young family in 2009 for a 3 year trial period. They are still there today.
“Whether we’re learning about a famous local artist or an old monument, the kids see the look of curiosity and wonder in our eyes and they become instant students of whatever we’re learning. It’s honestly surprised me how much their love of learning has grown on this trip.”
“Integration is difficult in the early stages and if your French isn’t good it’s even harder. Even though it can be deeply uncomfortable you simply have to throw yourself in at the deep end and try – you will be respected for it and find that you fit in, in no time at all.”
Want to watch all your favourite TV programmes from back home? One expat Dad found a way and set up a business offering the service to others.
“I dreamt of simplicity, less competition in every aspect of my life and more meaning in my day to day. I craved culture and more experiences, as our plan evolved I realized that I yearned for less stuff and more time without a plan.”
“At British Corner Shop, it is our mission is to provide British expats and British food lovers with their favourite household items, wherever they are in the world. Whether that’s Heinz Baked Beans or Warburtons Crumpets, we are committed to delivering the nations much-loved British favourites right to their door.”
“My advice to families thinking of relocating to France would be to learn some French before coming. For many people this is a huge obstacle. Life can be difficult, even depressing if you cannot get yourself understood or cannot understand something.”
Reflexologist Louise Vaughan-Arbuckle talks about how reflexology may aid fertility, how a woman can be helped throughout her pregnancy and how babies and children can benefit from this complementary therapy.
Paris blogger Claudette Parry of Mama Loves Paris offers 8 great ways to enjoy Paris this holiday season with the whole family.
“I have always felt at home here geographically but it has taken a while to become integrated socially. The Mayenne is a very rural and traditional area with families who have lived here for generations. The mindset is not very open and change is not on the agenda so the influx of British people into this area gets mixed reactions.”
Mum and photographer Raquel Ferreirinha, who moved from Berlin to Dublin and now lives in Italy in a house on a hill by the Adriatic sea, talks to MumAbroad about how to photograph children.