Annette Pacey grew up in New Zealand but has spent most of her adult life between the UK and Spain. She currently lives with her Spanish husband and young daughter in Barcelona, where she writes a blog, Barcelona Family Life.
“The medium of instruction is English throughout….. (but) we adapt Spanish lessons to our students needs, offering different levels in both Primary and Secondary Schools for students native and non-native.”
“It is believed by neuro-linguistic experts that talking to your pregnant belly in a foreign language as well as your native tongue is not only stimulating in terms of neuronal development, but also beneficial in terms of language acquisition in the womb.”
“Relocating to a new country and adapting to a new culture takes patience and understanding – the locals won’t always do things the way you are used to them being done back home and that’s OK.”
“I recommend not to concentrate just on the price but much more on the qualification of your doctor and the quality of the products that they use.” Advice from Dr Noemi Gonzalez, a plastic surgeon based in Barcelona.
“Follow the principles of the KonMari method, the ultimate decluttering process, which propounds tackling categories in their entirety so you can get a real grasp of how much you own in a particular grouping.”
Elvira Lopez is a certified Breast Feeding Consultant based in Barcelona. Here she talks to MumAbroad Life about the benefits of breastfeeding, potential problems and when and how to introduce solids.
“We offer a comprehensive range of clinics for children starting with midwife services and all antenatal care, postnatal care, children’s immunisations, developmental checks and childhood diseases.” David Donaldson
“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.
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.
“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.”
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