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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.
The Gift of the Aha Moment
The light bulb flicks on and all of a sudden, the hair raises on the back of your neck and goosebumps cover your arms. The aha moment. The sudden crash of insight as you realize that your perspective has been Read more.
7 Ways Swedish Women Can Revolutionize Your Life Today
You know what they say, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” In honor of Women’s History Month, I am highlighting seven largely unknown Swedish female revolutionaries from history. Okay, one of them is Read more.
Parenting: Leave it to the trolls
The first image that may come to mind when someone mentions trolls is probably a small plastic figurine with a shock of bright hair, large eyes, and a bejeweled belly button. These Danish troll dolls were the US’ biggest Read more.
Expat Entrepreneurs: Do they have the answers?
Motherhood didn’t kill my career—moving abroad did. And by “killing my career” I mean that moving abroad completely changed how I needed to view my employment opportunities. It forced me embrace a field that used to terrify me—entrepreneurship. I Read more.
12 Strange Truths In A Snowy Climate
Living in a snowy climate can be fun if you like snow, but it can result in some strange lifestyle adaptations. For instance, you discover that gloves don’t keep your fingers warm and you double up on mittens, and you end Read more.
My Kids Will Never Be “American as Apple Pie”
Cultural Identity Identity changes occur often throughout all of our lives. Changes in growth and development, family structure, education, and career all result in remarkably complex personal transitions. Far and away, the shift in our cultural identity—who we identify ourselves Read more.
Top Baby Names Around The World 2017
Choosing your baby’s name is an incredibly difficult task. Will it suit their personality? Will it be easy to pronounce? Spell? Nicknames? Yes or no? Will they hate us for the name we choose and decide to go by their Read more.
When The Exciting Life Feels Normal
When we first moved to Sweden (five years ago, ahh!), the newness of everything was overwhelming. Every day we jumped into the unknown with glee. It was thrilling to have a clean slate. We could be whoever we wanted to Read more.
Happy Birthday! We’ve come a long way, baby
It has been a full 12 months since the publication of Knocked Up Abroad and I am celebrating by making it FREE to download on Amazon January 26-29, 2017. I want more readers, more reviews, and more people to discover the 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.