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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.

 

 

 

about-lisa

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.

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  • I am honored to be part of such a talented group of writers and mothers with BIG vision. Lisa Ferland is one inspiring editor, ready to give the world another marvelous read. Sometimes one of the bravest things we can do as women is to lay down roots and plant seeds in a garden so very far from home. All of these 26 authors in 25 countries have much to share in stories that are superbly written. Support this and enjoy!

  • Jennifer Malia

    After reading the first book in the series, Knocked Up Abroad, I knew I wanted to write my story about traveling with my six-month-old daughter in Petra. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute as a writer to Knocked Up Abroad Again. I couldn’t ask for a better editor than Lisa Ferland or more supportive group of writers than the Knocked Up Abroad Again family. By sharing our stories, we hope to inspire others to follow in our footsteps.

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