The latest articles about multicultural approaches to pregnancy, birth, and parenting.

5 Reasons Why Stroller Naps Are The Best Naps
When we moved to Stockholm, Sweden from the US, I noticed that there was a line of strollers parked outside of the cafes during the daytime. I heard the faint sound of a baby making noise tucked under a bundle Read more.
Raising a Viking Child
  A while back, I wrote an article for ParentCo called, “5 Steps to Raising a Viking Child” and it was by far my most popular article to date. The folks at ParentCo contacted me and asked me if they Read more.
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 Read more.
A Tale Of Two Kindergartens—USA and Sweden
What do two kindergarten classes separated by an ocean, language, and culture have in common? In what ways do they differ? What are five-year-olds expected to learn while attending preschool in the US and Sweden? Are there any advantages or Read more.
Is It Time For This Mother In France To Rentrer?
Five years ago, my husband and I packed up our Manhattan apartment and moved across the ocean to France. Our plan was to stay for two to three years and then hightail it back to the U.S. to start a Read more.
Juggling Expectations Of Loved Ones At Home With Responsibilities Abroad
This is the fifth post in the Global Women Discuss Love, Loss, and Family Abroad series and deals with juggling family expectations and life abroad. So far in this series, we have discussed moving abroad with children, balancing careers and family, Read more.
I Can Admit It—My Husband Has More Fun With Our Kids
  “Let’s go down there and play,” my husband grabs our daughter’s hand and leads her down the bleachers of the gymnasium. Our son is playing on the other side of the gym with his classmates. I watch them as Read more.
The Ultimate Free Babysitting Idea For Expats
  Do you remember what a date felt like? The dark night, loud music, dress-up clothes, and slightly overpriced food that tastes so good because someone else made it and has to clean the dishes. Or maybe it’s a movie Read more.
Another Thanksgiving Holiday Abroad
As I hugged our friends goodbye at our front door, I heard, “Thank you so much,” and, “This was wonderful,” from every person as they bundled up into their jackets and slid their winter boots back onto their socked feet. Read more.
Moving Abroad With Children
The fourth article in the Global Women Discuss Love, Loss, and Family Abroad series between Gabrielle of the Expat Coffee Club and a few Knocked Up Abroad Again contributors tackles moving abroad and the emotional challenges associated with these large transitions. Gabrielle: When my Read more.
Knocked Up Abroad Black Friday Deals
As you all know, I’ve been quite busy launching the book so readers can enjoy these stories before the December holidays and so readers could purchase the books as gifts for their friends and family. What better gift than one of Read more.
There Are Good People Everywhere
A few weeks ago, I packed my suitcase and headed out of town for a week in Amsterdam to facilitate a data analysis and management workshop—switching my crisp and clean editor/publisher hat for my worn-in public health hat. It was Read more.
How To Deal With The Loss Of Loved Ones Abroad
This article about loss is the third in the Global Women Discuss Love, Loss, and Family Abroad series between the women of the Expat Coffee Club and Knocked Up Abroad Again. Be sure to read the first and second articles between these two groups Read more.
The Missing Chapter
It was always my intention to include my voice in the anthologies I publish. However, my voice is missing from Knocked Up Abroad Again. Tapping into raw emotion wasn’t a possibility this time around as I was under an incredible Read more.
Balancing Careers And Family Life As An Expat
This post is the second in the Global Women Discuss Love, Loss, and Family Abroad series between the women of the Expat Coffee Club and Knocked Up Abroad Again. Click here to read the first set of questions and answers between Read more.
I Know Who I Am As A Parent Regardless Of Politics
For the past few days, I’ve been discussing, reading, processing all that has happened and what it might mean and I have left every conversation muttering, “I don’t know…” And that’s just it. I don’t know a lot of things. Read more.
Getting Everyone On Board When Uprooting Your Family
This is the first in a series of Global Women Discuss Love, Loss, and Family Abroad articles between the two groups of women where they share their questions, fears, and possible anxieties about some of the challenges of creating a Read more.
Parenting Abroad: Freedom To Discard Unwanted Holidays
Most days, I feel all alone. Geographically isolated from all that is familiar and linguistically isolated from what I know. The foreign language around me is easily tuned out and processed as white noise. It’s soothing and I am alone Read more.
How 9 Expat Moms Celebrate (or Avoid) Halloween Abroad
BY JENNIFER MALIA Though widely known as an American tradition, Halloween has been adopted by other countries around the world. In many countries, trick-or-treating, costume parties, and spooky decorations have become popular ways of celebrating Halloween. I talked to expat Read more.
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 Read more.
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 Read more.
What To Do When You Speak Like A Five-Year-Old
The long conference table is full of elderly retired Swedish women chattering about at a rapid clip—about what, I’m not sure because my brain switched off thirty minutes ago. My ears are technically hearing words, but the translating machine inside Read more.
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 Read more.
To The Mom With The Bad Birth Experience
BY THE KNOCKED UP ABROAD AGAIN CONTRIBUTORS To the mom with the bad birth experience, It doesn’t matter what happened. Whether you had an underlying condition or were treated badly by your doctor or midwife. Whether the baby wasn’t doing Read more.
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 Read more.
What Scuba Diving Taught Me About Marriage
During my third year in college, I signed up for a marine biology course that required a two-week excursion to Honduras for practical application of everything we had learned in the classroom. The scuba training involved sessions in the shallow Read more.
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 Read more.
Mother Tongue: An Ambitious Memoir About Multilingualism
I pre-ordered this book because Christine Gilbert was offering some awesome rewards for her fans before the book hit the shelves. Despite living in Sweden, it arrived only 20 days after its release and I devoured it while absorbing the Read more.
Contributor Chats With Melissa Uchiyama
  Contributor Melissa Uchiyama (and her three-month-old daughter, Lana) took time out of their busy day to have a casual chat about life in Japan and the things that she wants to accomplish in the near future. In this podcast Read more.
Why do I do what I do? (Publish anthologies)
I’ve been asked numerous times, “Why do you do what you do?” and the question they are really asking is, “Why do you publish anthologies for free?” This video has the deeper answer to my usual three-second answer, “Personal and Read more.
35 Reasons Expat Moms Crave Coffee
  Today is International Coffee Day but for expat moms, every day is international coffee day. Here are some reasons why expat moms really crave coffee—the sweet nectar of sanity.   1. Because it took you 8 minutes to translate the “crucial” Read more.
10 Reasons Why It’s Awesome Being Knocked Up Abroad
This article can also be found on The Huffington Post. You’re living in a foreign country, you don’t speak the language, and you’re faced with new cultural customs and traditions that make your head spin. Your period is late, and Read more.
Top 10 Ways To Be An A+ Expat Host
  Last month I published the Top 10 Ways To Be An A+ International House Guest and fellow expats around the world cheered with delight. Well, the knife cuts both ways and I’m here to share some tips on how Read more.
An Open Letter—Please, Don’t Forget About Us
We know that we live far away and we know that we chose to create that distance between us, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t love you, miss you, and wish that we were closer. We are relatively alone—there Read more.
Top 10 Ways To Be An A+ International House Guest
  Benjamin Franklin said, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” However, when you are traveling internationally to visit your friends and family, this rule does not apply. In my diverse network of expat friends, I have never Read more.
How To Travel Light As A Family
  As a family, we have traveled all around Europe and the US on planes, trains, and automobiles but no matter where we are headed, we employ these core approaches to traveling lightly. As a mom of two kids, I Read more.
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 Read more.
8 Surprising Things I Learned When I Put Down My Phone
My phone is always in my back pocket, my hand, or my purse. I use it to take pictures and videos of my children throughout the day, and I justify that use always to have it nearby. I am mindful Read more.
A Virtual Baby Shower On The Riviera
By Patricia Bowden   I discovered I was pregnant on a beautiful day in the spring. I was elated to find that after a lifetime of traveling the world and finally settling down with a lovely Italian man, my final Read more.
7 Reasons Why Expat Moms Make Excellent Spies
Let’s look at the facts—expat moms have all of the qualities needed for top spies including adaptability to new cultures and languages, the ability to survive torturous conditions of all sorts, and the ability to blend into new environments with Read more.
I Still Need Him To Need Me
  I bend down and kiss my five-year-old son good night. I motion to sweep his hair from his eyes when the back of his hand wipes my invisible kiss from his cheek and I catch my breath. This seemingly Read more.
What To Do When Visiting A New Mom In A Foreign Country
  Culturally, a new mother living in a foreign country may find herself in unfamiliar territory during the postpartum period. Everyone loves a new baby and visiting the mother is a great way for family and friends to show support Read more.
The Delightful Sounds Of A Serene Swedish Summer
We have lived in four houses in the four years since we moved to Sweden. I was tired of the gypsy life and after watching the real estate market climb 15% each year, the window of opportunity for owning a Read more.
Make Your Corner Of The World A Better Place For Our Children
My mom used to tell me, “Always leave the world a little better than how you found it.” That meant everything from picking up litter on the street to being a kind and generous person in daily life. Positive contributions Read more.
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 Read more.
When You See Those Bizarre Behavioral Traits In Your Expat Kids
When you live far from family, genetics and certain familial behaviors, become quite apparent. In particular, there is one behavior that is so odd, so unique, that it cannot be explained—only seen to be believed. The women on my mother’s Read more.
Be The Dragon And Rekindle Your Creativity
Looking back, I feel ashamed. What type of monster am I that I felt so much enjoyment and excitement out of such violence? They were innocent poor peasant farmers who had done nothing wrong. But, at the time, I didn’t Read more.
The Ridiculous Lies We Tell Our Children
One of the negatives of not understanding 100% of the local language is that I often miss exchanges on the playground between the parents and their children. However, depending on the age of the children, my basic Swedish language skills Read more.
**Big Announcement** We are Knocked Up Abroad Again!
Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby Bumps, Twists, And Turns Around The Globe is the title of our new book baby. After months of collecting new stories for the book, we have over 20 mothers who have shared their stories for us Read more.
Parenting During Abrupt Transitions—Burkina Faso and Sundae Schneider-Bean
Sundae Schneider-Bean is an intercultural specialist from the US who has traveled the world and expatriated to Switzerland with her Swiss husband. They moved to Burkina Faso for two and a half years with their young children and, finding themselves Read more.
Top 3 Reminders When Relocating With A Family
There is a bold freedom when you move as a single person. The highway is open, and you are free to take any exit. Your destiny is unchartered, and the future is relatively carefree. In contrast, when you move your Read more.
The Big V Gets Zero Sympathy From Me
My husband is a sweet, generous, and caring man. He buys all of the groceries, cooks all of the meals and is an extremely hands-on father. He showers me with affection and love even when I’m feeling gross, unwashed, and Read more.
If You Are Going To Be Me Tomorrow
If you’re going to be me tomorrow, you’ll need to know the following: You will be woken up by the sound of your door opening, and you’ll be able to tell, without opening your eyes, which child is coming through Read more.
Celebrating Midsummer In Sweden Like A Swede
In the land of the Midnight Sun, on the longest day of the year, Swedes flock to the countryside, the seaside, or any side that isn’t touching a city. Though the sun never dips below the horizon on the summer Read more.
They Don’t Need You Anymore
Two of the neighborhood girls zoomed past me on their bikes with a cheery, “God morgon!” Good morning! from both of them. Their mother followed behind a solid distance away at a relaxed pace. No pace could keep up with Read more.
5 Steps To Raising A Viking Child
This article originally appeared at Parent.co, “5 Tips For Raising A Viking Child” in their Analog Life section that has other great articles for helping parents venture outdoors with their children.   I just returned from an exhilarating dragon expedition. After Read more.
I abandoned my family and it was marvelous
I took our only car, and I drove and drove and drove. I drove on roads that I was unfamiliar and pushed on into territory previously unexplored. I rolled down the windows, turned up the music, and let the wind Read more.
A mother’s quilt
I didn’t feel the change at first. When I first held my baby, I thought I would know what to do, but I felt the same. The love was overwhelming, but the fulfillment of the massive role of “mother” didn’t Read more.
“Slotting” it up in Sweden
When we said we were heading to one of Sweden’s most famous “slott,” my mother thought I was saying a bad word in English but really, “slott” means castle in Swedish and our activities were pure and innocent. Being a Read more.
I am your home
  My voice is hushed and soft as I sing the lullaby to my two-and-a-half-going-on-ten-year-old daughter that I have sung to her since she was born. I had a lot of time on my hands to memorize the song during Read more.
5 Tips For An Enjoyable Field Trip With Young Children
Not many people would volunteer to chaperone twenty-two children between the ages of four and six when you don’t speak the language, but that is exactly what I did. My main goal for the trip was completely selfish. I have Read more.
International Resources for Domestic Violence
Nobody wants to believe that they will ever need these resources, however, as expat women we are at a severe disadvantage if the unimaginable happens. Living abroad means that we are often without the support of our family and friend networks. Read more.
Breaking the Mom-Guilt Cycle
“Please, Lucy. Mama went to six different stores to find that costume. Can you please wear it?” My heart crushed, my ears burning, and my inner self, the mother who promised never resort to guilt-trips, is disgusted that I am practically begging Read more.
Book Review: The Expat Partner’s Survival Guide
  The Expat Partner’s Survival Guideby Clara Wiggins is nothing short of volume full of incredible resources, personal accounts, and tips from an expert expat and 70 contributors. Clara is a fourth generation expat and has lived in twelve countries Read more.
Top 10 Takeaways from the Families in Global Transition Conference 2016, Netherlands
The hunger pangs subside and the bleariness of the morning-after-a-long-travel-day fade into uncontrollable laughter as I listen to the hilariously honest opening keynote narrated by Christopher O’Shaughnessy. I’m sitting next to Jodie Hopkins, a woman I had only met two hours earlier but Read more.
Lessons Learned After Editing an Anthology
Despite never having managed a professional sports team, I imagine that writing an anthology is somewhat similar. There is a bit of cheering from the sidelines, calling periodic team meetings, and encouraging your contributors to provide you their best work Read more.
Swedish Parents Don’t Expect Pinterest Perfection
It’s mid-1990s and I’m in the fourth grade. My mom opens a box of 24 red and pink Valentines featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the front. I sit next to her and fold them along their dotted lines, signing Read more.
Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
  After answering the question, “Why did you choose to self-publish?” numerous times, I thought writing down my thoughts would be easier than explaining this decision verbally. I discussed it a little with Hubert O’Hearn during our podcast interview and I wanted Read more.
What Pregnant Women Should Know About the Zika Virus
  In the past few days, both the US CDC and WHO have issued guidelines for pregnant women regarding the Zika virus and I wanted to provide more information based on the research I conducted. Zika is very similar to dengue—a virus Read more.
It’s Ebook Release Day!
You know that scene in the movie Frozen (of course you do) when Anna wakes up with her hair all a mess and says excitedly, “It’s coronation day!” that was basically me this morning, but I said, “It’s ebook release day!” Read more.
5 Tips for the Expecting Expat
I excitedly clicked on the article, “5 Tips for the Expectant Expat” expecting to find an article about being pregnant abroad. Instead, the article contained five tips for preparing for expatriation. When something is on your brain, you start to Read more.
Knocked Up in Germany—Insider Tips From Two American Women
  Upon first arrival, many expat women must navigate a foreign medical system that may be remarkably different from the healthcare system back “home.” Germany has a reputation for having one of the best healthcare systems in the world, providing its Read more.
5 Reasons to Not Learn the Local Language
We all know the numerous benefits to speaking the local language—being able to clearly communicate your needs and wants is kind of a priority in your daily expat life, no? However, there are some benefits, albeit minor ones, to not Read more.
Be brave, little toaster
I don’t know anyone who is fearless. Fear is a necessary emotion that has evolved to increase our chances of survival. It warns us of dangerous threats in the form of people, animals, and other situations that may cause us Read more.
Book review: Dutched Up!: Rocking the Clogs, Expat Style
  I recently read Dutched Up! Rocking the Clogs, Expat Style by Expat Women Bloggers, and enjoyed reading about life in the Netherlands. The book is an anthology of short stories by female writers and topics address the many cultural Read more.
Travel Like A Pro With Your Child
  The holiday season is soon approaching and living abroad often means lots of travel! Traveling with kids can often be a stressful event for parents but, here are some travel tips to make the whole trip fun for the Read more.
Why Expats Should “Go Local”
Moving internationally can really take the steam out of your engine. You’re exhausted, overwhelmed and overcome by all of the newness around you. New language, new culture, new people, new house, new everything. It is difficult to remain focused amongst Read more.
Expat Parenting: Coping with Contrasting Child-Rearing Cultures
  My latest article was featured in the Wall Street Journal and discussed the child-reading differences I witnessed from my native American culture and my adopted Swedish culture. “Child-rearing is a deeply cultural issue and there are numerous factors─economic, social Read more.
An Open Letter to the Dads of Netflix: You Must Take Parental Leave
Dear Dads of Netflix, When news broke of Netflix’s paid parental leave policy, you instantly became the envy of every parent who suffered through those sleepless nights during the first 12 months of his or her child’s life. You have Read more.
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