• Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona

    “It is important to BFIS that new families feel a part of our community as soon as possible, providing a quick and easy transition for students and parents. To meet this goal, BFIS provides a Welcome Program designed to help new students and their families make early connections within our friendly and inclusive community.” Charo Rodriguez Director of Communications, BFIS

  • The secret to beautiful skin all year round – by Peony de Sy

    Peony de Sy, founder of The Pink Peony chain of beauty salons in Barcelona shares the secrets of having radiant skin – all year round.

  • Interview with Costa del Sol midwife Anne Halpenny

    “I would like to think I compliment the system. I am filling a gap that women and their partners have needed. I did not like meeting so many fearful women in labour in the hospital where I worked, which was often caused by misinformation.”

  • Gypsy Westwood in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

    Mother and Photographer Gypsy Westwood talks about life on the Island of Ibiza and the changes she has seen in the past 10 years.

  • Why marketing is important for startups

    If you’re a mum thinking about starting up a business, it is essential to know how to position your business, how to stand out from the crowd and how to build customer engagement.

  • Project based learning and innovative education in a trilingual environment

    Project based learning and emotional education are at the heart of this trilingual school just outside of Barcelona. Head Teacher of Hamelin-Laie International school, Carlos Martinez, talks to MumAbroad Life.

  • Montessori Village

    “Day by day, together, we are building this project and learning countless things about others, the life that surrounds us and about ourselves. But above all, we try to enjoy the discoveries and conquests of each child and the moments we share.” Arancha Rosa Serván, Head Teacher, Montessori Village Torrelodones

  • Places we love to visit

    Andrea lives with her husband and twin daughters in a small village in Umbria. Here she tells us about some favourite family places to visit in the area.

  • Interview with Child Psychologist Marisol Cortés in Madrid

    “It’s important before starting the treatment to research about the working method of each professional. Some professionals work just with the parents, some with the child through play, others with the child through speech and some with the whole family. So it’s up to the parents to decide what therapy is suitable for them.”

  • My year without alcohol

    “I am the most positive, happiest and bravest I have been in my entire life. How I feel on the inside has been reflected on the outside and people are constantly commenting on how great I look now” An inspiring journey to sobriety by Adrienne Walder.

  • A Busy Mums’ Guide to Skincare

    Whether you’re just starting your skincare journey or looking to upgrade your regimen read on to find out what you can do to have healthy looking skin.

  • Sabrina Ridaura on feeling confident, strong, healthy and happy

    Sabrina Ridaura left Venezuela, her home country, almost 10 years ago to travel the world along with her family. Here she talks to MumAbroad Life about her passion for a healthy lifestyle and how and why she founded BodyGlow Fitness & Nutrition.

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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