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Dramatic Play is Therapeutic For Your Child
Kids recreate the world how they see it through dramatic play. Shouting is emanating from behind the closed door of my daughter’s room. “No, Mama, don’t go!” “I have to go to work. You have to stay here.” My three-year-old Read more.
Meeting the Parents…Without the Boyfriend
Guest post by Carrie Elizabeth Akarslan You wouldn’t normally meet your boyfriend’s parents by going on a twelve-day tour of Japan together. Of course, our relationship doesn’t follow the “normal context, ” and so this is a story about how I Read more.
Family Travel Guide to Öland, Sweden
Ice cream, go-karts, beaches, and alpacas? Explore this tiny island to find some hidden gems off the east coast of Sweden in this family travel guide. In European countries, it is common for the entire country to shut down Read more.
Lådbilslandet—Heaven on earth for kids
Imagine an amusement park where only kids are allowed to ride and they receive endless rides on the tea cups, carousel, and trains. Where kids drive cars, motorcycles, and tractors. All. By. Themselves. The 1980s are alive and well at Read more.
The Perfect Relocation in an Ideal World
In an ideal world, there would be only perfect relocations. A world in which everything goes according to plan, nobody is running around at the last minute all sweaty with stress, and the children are well behaved on every flight Read more.
Celebrating A Lagom Swedish National Day
Blue skies, swings hanging beneath leafy trees, blooming flowers, and a bright sun with a slight breeze—the setting was perfect for a typical Swedish holiday. The temperature was lagom—not too hot, not too cold—and the sun felt just right against Read more.
The Moments That Surprise You
The post below contains affiliate links to help support Knocked Up Abroad at no extra cost to you. Ever since starting this book publishing collaborative journey, I’ve reached out to a lot of writers, illustrators, marketers, and people in Read more.
Taking Route: Finding Your Parenting Style In Between Cultures
The ladies (Denise and Alicia) at Taking Route have a great podcast up and running if you are looking for a new podcast to listen to about life abroad. When they approached me to chat about the Knocked Up Abroad Read more.
Wherever you go, there you are
“Money in the bank. Braces are money in the bank,” my Nana told me at her kitchen table in upstate New York. I was 15 years old; my mouth was sore and full of twisted metal. I didn’t feel Read more.
Moana Ruined My Kid’s Perception of Death
Clicking on the affiliate links in this post support Knocked Up Abroad at no extra cost to you. Like many families around the world, when we watched the movie Moana (otherwise known as Vaiana), we fell in love with Read more.
Can it ever be enough?
I’ve been there for every moment. Every smile, every laugh, every wobbly step—every everything—and yet it feels like I am still missing out on so much. How is it not enough? I look back at baby pictures taken years Read more.
Forest Preschools—What, Where, Why, and How?
Forest preschools—a potential solution for whiny kids My kids are super sweet but the annoyingly high level of whining that occurs after I pick them up from their Swedish preschool is shocking. I’m always amazed how they can go Read more.
Here Come the Easter Witches
When you think about Easter, you immediately think “witch.” No? Me neither. Probably the funniest Scandinavian tradition is the Easter witch. In Sweden and Finland—young children hit the streets the Thursday before Easter dressed as peasants (or in their Read more.
Can expat spouses ever be equal?
In case you missed it on Facebook, here is my discussion about expat partner career, how we define equality in partnerships, and why communication is vital. Link to Alix Carnot’s data on expat spouses from her 2016 survey. Join Read more.
Lisa Ferland, MPH, has given birth in the US and in Sweden and experienced two ends of the spectrum in pain-free birth—one with drugs and one without. Is it possible to experience a pain-free drug-free childbirth? You’ll have to read her chapter in Knocked Up Abroad to find out.
Her writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal Expat, ParentCo, Kinstantly, Motherly, Mamalode, Good Men Project, The Local Sweden, MotherUs, and Slow Travel Stockholm, and she has been interviewed on numerous podcasts.
She loves connecting with mothers around the world and discovering the fascinating ways women give birth and parent around the globe. Knocked Up Abroad and Knocked Up Abroad Again are her book babies because she’s done having baby babies.
Get in touch with Lisa if you want to collaborate.
If you want more information on self-publishing, editing, crowdfunding, or other services, check out Lisa’s professional website lisaferland.com. All of her books are available on Amazon.