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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrea and Tony moved to a small town in Perugia in December 2002 with their twin daughters. Mia and Cara are now 15 years old. Every Christmas they wonder should they stay at home in Italy or go to England to visit family and friends?
“Our kids have gone from being English speakers, to German speakers, to French speakers and now back to English speakers. I realise that this is probably quite unusual, but it has given me some insight into the learning of languages, and what slumbers inside them.”
“…because these children don’t have a hunger to be special, they don’t compare other people to themselves to evaluate their “specialness,” and therefore are able to genuinely appreciate the efforts of others.” Read more about American mum Michelle Damiani’s take on Italian schools.
“Here is what is striking about Italian schools, or at least Spellani schools. There are no bullies. There are no bullies. There are no Queen Bees. And there are no outcasts. My eyes fill with tears as I write this, and if you have ever loved a child who has been victim to the caste system inherent in American schools, I think you will understand why I find it so astonishing, and so moving”
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.
US born Jennifer McIIlvane of ‘Life Italian Style’ talks to MumAbroad about the journey from dropping out of dance school in Philadelphia to how life as a foodie in Italy with her husband and two young children.
“Naomi has grown up in our Allerona bar. She walks in like she owns the place, and now, at a chattering 3 years old, often demands to be taken there. “Andiamo a bar, andiamo a bar!”
“A bella figura happens when guests drop by unexpectedly and your house is immaculate and your child is angelic..A brutta figura occurs when guests drop by while you’re screaming at your kid and the dog has just shit on the floor”