The Gift of the Aha Moment

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 too narrow even though you thought it was broad. For me, it was a feeling of slipping into someone else's shoes for a moment and feeling the discomfort, the pain, and the struggle that they have carried for so long. I gladly change back into my own shoes with the realization that my issues no longer felt quite so heavy as they did before. Families in Global Transition The Families in Global Transition Conference has been called "a reunion of strangers" because of the warmth that the organizers and long-time attendees bring with them. Whether it's your first or fifteenth meeting, everyone is welcomed with a smile and open arms. Nobody asks, "Where are you from?" because it's the question every attendee dreads the most. Instead, introductions cut...
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Guiding the Newbies

Guiding the Newbies

Newbies We've all been newbies at one point or another—whether it was in high school, college, or that first year living abroad. One thing is constant—newbies generally have no idea what they are doing. The days can be long and frustrating when mistakes start to build on one another. All of a sudden, one more thing becomes one too many and that filmmjölk which you thought was creamer but turned out to be sour milk (why would anyone sell me sour milk?!) really ruins your morning coffee and you have a mini-nervous breakdown in your three square meter kitchen. But making all of those mistakes must count for something and now you oldies (experienced expats/foreigners/migrants) can pass on your wisdom to new people moving into your country. The Newbie Guide To Sweden provides that previously word-of-mouth service to newbies via their website with lots of tips and tricks to navigating life in Sweden as a foreigner. Their blog is full of been-there-and-done-that stories to help guide the newbies and I...
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Games Around The World—What’s Inside?

Games Around The World—What’s Inside?

GlobeTrottin' Kids has created a fun resource for families and teachers to introduce kids (first through third graders) to different cultures through games and play. For these age groups, play is the most effective instructional tool and I tested out some of the games with my kiddos. For the Fukuwarai game (similar to Pin The Tail On The Donkey), we used my handy eye mask and some sticky tack. The kids loved the wacky faces that resulted from their efforts.   With 35 games from 23 different countries, there are plenty of activities to keep us busy during the cold, dark winter in Sweden. I love the handy chart that clearly lists all of the items you'll need for each game. What's Inside? The PDF file comes complete with any playing cards or game sheets that are easy to print from your computer at home. Connect children to their peers around the world through traditional games like tag, hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, and dominoes. Each game card includes clear...
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The Secrets To Crowdfunding Success

The Secrets To Crowdfunding Success

Before I launched Knocked Up Abroad Again's Kickstarter campaign, I conducted research on crowdfunding secrets, strategies, tools, and resources for about three months. For one month, I built the virtual rewards, drafted blogs, and did preliminary outreach to bloggers and supporters who had a similar audience with Knocked Up Abroad. However, as with anything, experiencing it for yourself is the most valuable teacher of all. No blog, podcast, or webinar (and I listened to countless) could have fully prepared me for what I experienced. The difficulty with crowdfunding is that you take your precious project that you have been devoting thousands of hours, blood, sweat, and tears and you place it all into the hands of your friends, family members, and strangers on the Internet. You hope that you have created a project they want to support and that they understand that by supporting your project, they are supporting you as a person and friend. However, most people are not familiar with...
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The Bag That Will Revolutionize Parenting

The Bag That Will Revolutionize Parenting

One of the best parts of entering into the crowdfunding community is that other creatives and inventors discover and connect with one another. I had the pleasure of running across Pricilla's amazing invention that is perfect for parents who are looking for a diaper bag that can do it all—The Division of Labor Dual Tote.     Designed by a busy mom who was tired of the mess that became her diaper bag, this bag is durable and stylish enough to last long after your baby is out of diapers. When I was pregnant, we purchased a black diaper bag that my husband wouldn't mind carrying. I was continually digging through it to try to find wipes and an extra clean onesie when diaper physics failed me yet again. I can't tell you how many times I would discover a lost pair of socks at the bottom of the bag. I would've given my right arm (the one that I use for world-domination) for a...
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Autumn Crafts And Foods For Multicultural Kids

Autumn Crafts And Foods For Multicultural Kids

I have the honor of hosting the Multicultural Kids Carnival this month and the theme is Autumn Crafts and Foods. I am admittedly not skilled in arts and crafts but fortunately, the bloggers of Multicultural Kid Blogs are here to hold my hand with some really easy and cute crafts. I can't wait to try some of these delicious recipes (hint: pumpkin is the secret ingredient for most of them!) I received so many submissions that I separated them into categories: Autumn foods and Autumn Crafts. I'm sure you will be inspired by these ideas.   Autumn Foods I want Olga Mecking from the European Mama to come to my house and bake some delicious German and Polish apple pie and her savory pumpkin bread.   http://www.europeanmama.com/savoury-pumpkin-bread-recipe/ Grab one of those ready-made pie crusts from the refrigerator section of your grocery store and some ripe and juicy plums and pears and make some French fruit tarts with Phoebe from Lou Messugo. Swedes will love this recipe as it features...
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Struggling To Breastfeed in Bangkok: Why Expat Moms Need Support

Struggling To Breastfeed in Bangkok: Why Expat Moms Need Support

BY LAURA KENT-DAVIDSON I can still remember the feeling I had walking off the plane in Bangkok with my eight-month-old in arms. Thailand was going to be our home for the next two years, and I was both terrified and overwhelmed with excitement. While I was eager to connect with locals and absorb Thai culture, I knew that reaching out to the English-speaking community was going to be important in my adjustment to help prevent the feelings of isolation I was afraid of developing. I wasn’t sure what to expect walking into the unknown, and as a breastfeeding mother, I was curious about what the breastfeeding culture in Bangkok. Would there be other breastfeeding moms in my community for support? I hoped that I would be able to find a few. Within days of arriving, I became aware of a group called the Bangkok Breastfeeding Cafe. From what I could tell online, it was a casual meet-up at a local coffee shop for...
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Sept 22 Twitter Party—#KnockedUpAbroadAgain

Sept 22 Twitter Party—#KnockedUpAbroadAgain

We want to hear your stories about parenting in foreign countries. Do you have a travel story you want to mention? Maybe you live far away from friends and family. Are you a military family? If so, this Twitter party is a great way to share your perspective. "Twitter Party, what's a Twitter Party? Will there be drinks?" Answer: Yes! But it's totally BYOB. You can connect with fellow travelers, expats, and explorers around the world without ever leaving your comfy sofa. To celebrate the amazing launch of Knocked Up Abroad Again, we are hosting a Twitter Party where we are discussing pregnancy, birth, and parenting experiences. All are welcome at our table and you do not have to be living abroad or have children abroad to participate. If you have an interesting experience or a funny travel story, travel tips, or something new to share, we want to hear about it! Be sure to include the hashtag #knockedupabroadagain in all of your Tweets so...
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Creating Your Tribe on the Move

Creating Your Tribe on the Move

The Families in Global Transition (FIGT) 2017 conference is coming up and their theme is Building on the Basics: Creating Your Tribe on the Move.  The FIGT conference is not really a conference as one might think of professional meetings. It has been called, "A reunion of strangers," because the attendees are members of the same tribe. We are all highly mobile people living in cultures different from which we were born. Some attendees are newly living abroad and others have lived in more countries than I could ever imagine. The wealth and depth of knowledge and experience are impressive and connecting with this wonderful group of people feels like coming home. The deadline for submissions for speaking roles is September 7 and more information can be found here. The conference is in The Hague, Netherlands March 23-25, 2017 and I hope to meet you there! You can read about my Top 10 Takeaways from last year's conference. If you have any questions, please feel free...
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What To Do When Your Child Tells You They Held A Gun

What To Do When Your Child Tells You They Held A Gun

"It was real, Mama. It smelled like a real gun. But we didn't shoot it, we only held it," my son tells me while sitting in his bubble bath. He is five-years-old. After asking multiple questions, he continued to insist that the gun was real. My worst nightmare has come true—he was playing with a gun with his friends unsupervised. [Tweet "My worst nightmare has come true—he was playing with a gun with his friends unsupervised."] It is summer, and our neighborhood has lots of kids around the same age. It is perfect because we all open our doors, and the kids run in and out of each other's houses—never getting bored or bothering the parents. It's an ideal setup. Sure, parents are nearby, but nobody is hovering. Like a pack of roving wild animals, this pack of boys moves in a group from house to house, and they often get into trouble. If someone starts to cry, all of the parents emerge...
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