• 5 Top Tips for moving abroad with children

    Learning about the new culture and engaging with your new community can help children to adapt and have a smoother transition.

  • In Spain I am known as a ‘Madre de Día’

    “For me the key is respect: respect for the families and the way they decide to raise their children, respect for the children and who they are, and respect for the pace in which every child develops.”

  • Paris: The city of light with children

    Paris is an amazing city for your holidays. If you are headed to the city of lights you need to schedule in some kid-friendly activities. In Paris there are many.

  • I am a product of the EU

    “The EU was the springboard into my adult working life and the foundation upon which my career, marriage, family and friendships have been built on.”

  • Granny au pairs sought for their wisdom and sense of adventure

    Granpreneur Michaela Hansen, founder of Granny Aupair, matches older ladies looking for the chance to travel, with families from around the world as ‘granny au pairs’.

  • Want to find your perfect swimsuit?

    Wearing a good fitting swimsuit, tankini or bikini is one of the key steps to feeling confident in your beach body. Lucy King, owner of Lottie Lencería, can help you find the perfect fit.

  • Island life

    Having planned her own wedding on the island in 2004, Gemma Bowman relocated to Ibiza permanently to set up Ibiza Wedding, a bespoke wedding planning service. Gemma, who lives on the island with her husband and 2 children, talks to MumAbroad about relocating to Ibiza and daily life on the island.

  • The Italian Taxman and Brexit

    Part 2 of a three part series addressing the role of women in Italian society and the workplace in 2016: bureaucracy, taxes, Brexit and the European Union.

  • Female, foreign and an entrepreneur in Italy

    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.

  • Five ways to keep cool with the kids during a hot Granada summer

    “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.”

  • Interview with Jeanne Fountain in Mallorca

    “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.”

  • The Importance of Sleep

    Amelia Hunter shares her journey: her own exhausting experience with a newborn who wouldn’t sleep led her to become a professional Sleep Consultant.

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