A guide to treating common children’s ailments with aromatherapy

As expat mums we all know the struggle to find a good family doctor, how difficult it can be to find treatment for minor ailments when we’re on the go, or our reluctance to trust strong medication alone for our kids, especially when we barely understand the language that the prescription is written in. The more I’ve travelled, the more…
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‘How aromatherapy saved my allergic child’

I’ve known an Expater friend, Maryam, for a few years now. Because I have a few Maryams in my life, I admit to having referred to her as the ‘the one with the really poorly child’. I hate to put people into boxes, all the more based on their children’s health, but Maryam’s first daughter, Zeynah had a rougher start in…
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Can Spanish style parenting help your unruly child?

Today I noticed my son’s scooter was inside the rubbish bin. If it’s in there, I’m not allowed to take it out until Wednesday morning, if at all. Let me explain. If my three year old misbehaves, he gets a warning from his Spanish dad. If he continues to misbehave, he gets a warning in a harsher tone of voice.…
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The Mary Poppins Hunt (or how to find and keep a great …

I used to scoff at parents with nannies. Cop outs, lazy bums, selfish meanies who put themselves above the wellbeing of their children. And then I became a mother. In truth, if you can afford it, a good nanny can strengthen the relationship with your children, as well as with your partner, your boss, your extended family… A good nanny can…
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This might just save your child’s life

This isn’t a funny, cute or happy blog post. It may just save your child’s life though. In my case, my child nearly choked to death. One afternoon, in a fuzzy sleep deprived state after three nights cosleeping with a teething toddler, I left my three year old alone with a bowl of melon, cut into big chunks. While I was tidying up,…
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Can sign language help your bilingual child?

Experts reckon that bilingual kids are at a significant advantage. OK so it might take them a little longer to grasp the lingos but the final results outweigh any difficulties along the way. Tell that to a toddler from a multilingual family at dinner time. Learning to speak is frustrating enough but add in extra languages and it gets messy (literally).…
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Best Websites for Newbie Expats

Relocation companies should do the hard work in sorting your move but chances are they’ll offer limited scope. After one move, a charmingly conscientious relocation manager lugged a bulging bag of cultural leaflets, restaurant maps and city tour flyers onto my cardboard box cum desk. ‘No offence’ I said, ‘but I’ve changed country more than Madonna has changed her style so can we cut…
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How To Teach Your Expat Child English

The one question my friends across the globe ask the most is ‘how can I get my kids to improve their English?’ As a native English speaker, a mum of two (almost) bilingual kids and language pedant, here are some tips to get you started: Foster the fun. Don’t enforce the language on a child. Let them love it their…
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