• How to Support Bilingualism in Children & Teens

    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.”

  • Keeping Your Money Safe Abroad

    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.

  • Where to find legal advice in English in Madrid

    “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

  • That Question……….

    One mother’s experience following the stillbirth of her daughter.

  • 8 great benefits of a family campervan holiday in France

    “Modern motorhomes are light, comfortable and spacious with lots of storage for toys and other essentials.”

  • Creating a climate of questioning

    Headteacher Audrey Reeder looks at the best ways to teach children how to create a dialogue and think creatively about a situation.

  • The uneasy road to bilingualism

    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.

  • The rise of travelling families and world-schooling

    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

  • Regaining passion and intimacy with your partner

    In the reality of everyday life – juggling children’s actives, the school run and work – finding time to be intimate with your partner can be a complicated goal to achieve.

  • I am not prepared for this.

    An American in Italy – Michelle Damiani reminds us that as well as the good there are also many hardships that accompany the act of leaving behind language, support, school, and familiar customs.

  • Kids and Coding

    “It’s an initiative to get more kids into digital creativeness. To help them discover that you can create things yourself and not only be a consumer of the technological world.”

  • Child-friendly Madrid

    “I find that opening art to children is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling as they are exposed to new images and compositions that they decode in very original ways.”

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