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You might be a mom if…
Leave a comment on Facebook with the crazy things you’ve started doing now that you’re definitely a mom. Transcript of the video You might be a mom if you’ve redefined what crazy means after you’ve since checked off Read more.
Unmedicated and Unplanned Birth Story on Motherbirth’s Podcast
I had the pleasure of speaking at length with Mellisa and Laura on Motherbirth’s podcast and describing my somewhat unusual birth story that other women have also experienced with Hypnobabies (aff). It is incredible to think that more and more Read more.
Sugar Water Painting Technique for Kids
Easily create beautiful watercolor designs with this simple and fast sugar water technique. My kids absolutely loved painting with this sugar water technique. They each raved about how beautiful their creations were and couldn’t wait to try it Read more.
Growing Up the Saban Way
By Kelsi Folsom “The practice of gratitude and fortitude will never be an unfruitful one, and is, I think, one of the greatest gifts of living abroad.” Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Saba, Read more.
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.
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.
Heading Back During A Tumultuous Time
I’m about to get on a plane for 12 hours and fly straight into the face of the unknown. I’m not heading in for a family trip, holiday, or celebration. I’m making this difficult, time-consuming trek because I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leave a Review!
This is an example of an amazing 5-star review a reader wrote on the book’s Amazon page. Wonderful reviews like this not only make me smile (that should be enough motivation, right?) but they also help other readers discover the 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. Clearly, I have pregnancy on my brain 24/7. The idea 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.
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.
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.