The latest articles about multicultural approaches to pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
Celebrating the Tired, the Hopeful, and the Dedicated Midwives
“Midwives? What is this, the 1400s? Do I have a feudal master to whom I pay monthly tithes in grain?” To say the least, my husband was unenlightened when it came to childbirth practices. He has since come a 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 mothers Read more.
What Americans Living Abroad Should Do After the Equifax Data Breach
What to do after the Equifax data breach? If you’re an American living abroad you have already gone through trials and tribulations trying to manage bank accounts, taxes, passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and the other ridiculous logistical bureaucratic steps 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 again. This Read more.
Pushing the Limits—The Role of the Firstborn Child
My approach to parenting involves a lot of shrugged shoulders and raised eyebrows to indicate that, “I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m hoping for the best.” Based on my conversations with other parents, we’re all in the 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.
Book Review: Arrivals Departures and the Adventures In-Between
**This is an honest review of a book I purchased with my own money cause I’m a book hoarder.** Knocked Up Abroad uses affiliate links that deliver great content at no extra cost to you. I first met Chris Read more.
A Day in the Life of A Bilingual Family When the Parents Aren’t Bilingual
A lot of emotions swirl around every day as a parent, but when your children are bilingual and the parents are monolingual, there tends to be a wider range of emotions related to language on a daily basis. From 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
**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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.