• A scary birth with a happy ending

    One Barcelona-based mother’s account of a moving, harrowing and ultimately uplifting birth story.

  • Stubborn in Madrid

    American-born yoga instructor Faith Miller shares the experience of moving to Madrid with her husband and daughter and how immersion in the language was not as straightforward as it was cracked up to be.

  • Free Kids Activities in Paris

    Parenting in Paris on a Budget

    Navigating Paris with small children in tow can be quite the challenge.Here are a few free or inexpensive resources recommended by Paris-based Expat mums to help you enjoy the best of parenting in Paris and avoid some of the less fun parts.

  • The Art of Reinvention

    MumAbroad co-founder Carrie Frais was recently a speaker at the AWE (Assertive Women Entrepreneurs) summit in Barcelona. She chose to tell her own story entitled the ‘Art of Re-invention’.

  • Our Languages Abroad

    “When we move abroad, our languages move with us.” Madalena summarises some of the concerns that globe-trotting parents have expressed over the years, about our languages abroad.

  • New Man is the New Woman

    When Roger Frais lost his wife early in 2014, he found himself unintentionally re-inventing himself in his new-found role as an ‘older man who is trying to do it all’.

  • Not Having Children

    A very moving account of writer Nancy Roman’s account of not becoming a mother. She wrote this 14 years ago but has only just had the courage to share it…

  • 10 Best Tips and Resources For Mums Starting A Business In Germany

    If you are a mum who is just starting out on her Mumpreneur journey, here are the top ten tips and resources for mums starting a business in Germany.

  • Adventures in Language

    Expat Mum Fleur Fields highlights the ups and downs of learning new language (with a little help from Shakira).

  • The Fine Art of Making Friends in a New Country

    Kindergarten teacher Adrienne Walder explores the challenging, frustrating and often amusing process of forging friendships when moving to a new country.

  • The perks and quirks of having a baby in Spain

    Being an expat new mother comes along with a whole host of new challenges and cultural conventions to get used to. Here are 10 things you should know.

  • Top ten problems of growing up multilingual

    Although it may sound to some like a dream, being brought up multilingual can have its downsides. Trilingual journalist Anna Pujol-Mazzini lists ten of the most common problems.

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