How a nanny can help you bond with your expat kids

I’ve written before about how nannies can help. I’ve never felt it as much as here in Chile. We arrived in Santiago a month ago after a nightmare journey and I collapsed upon arrival in our temporary apartment. We’d talked about getting a temporary nanny to help out, but I’d complained to my husband that I didn’t want anyone showing…
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The true price of expat life: no grandparents

I’ve been rather poorly these last couple of of weeks. My husband has been away in Chile and it turns out that looking after two preschoolers with a strong dislike of sleep doesn’t agree well with my body. It’s times like these that I appreciate my parents more than ever. My grandparents are truly grand My mother and father have…
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Expat mums: Do you suffer from EMS?

Expaters, do you suffer from bleeding gums, eczema flare ups, extreme fatigue, sleepless nights, dizzy spells, nausea and / or mild grumpiness? If so, chances are you’re suffering from EMS (Expat Mum Syndrome). Symptoms usually manifest themselves at the beginning of a new expat adventure and worsen when the patient’s spouse is away and unable to share the childcare responsibilities.…
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Sod it, the packing can wait

These last few weeks have been chaotic. The kids have been off nursery for three weeks due to a sickness bug. Three weeks. These last few days they’ve been healthy enough to run around, shout from the top of their lungs and need entertainment (Muuuuuuummy! We need play dough… Quickly!), but were possibly contagious, so we’ve had to keep them…
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Born abroad: how not to give birth as an expat

After giving birth most women slump into their beds exhausted, smiling for cute photos with the latest addition to their family. As for me, based in Switzerland and set to move to BelgiumĀ I was dealing with rental agencies. ‘Sorry, Madame you don’t seem to understand – I can’t show you around the apartment. I’m in hospital… I just had a…
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