Parents: How to keep your sh*t together this Christmas

Christmas is a time for family, fun and festive cheer. If you’re like me, it’s also a time for screaming at your kids to pleeeeease stop hitting each other, gritting your teeth as you get covered in residue from lunch and counting the minutes to wine o’clock. I’m not the patient type. I wish I were. I love my kids…
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Medically proven: how expat mums can walk with broken toes

A few weeks ago I was at a supermarket and an idiot ran over my foot with their trolley. The worst thing is, that idiot was me. Six months pregnant and exhausted after a night spent relaying between whining preschoolers, it seems my body wasn’t coordinating its moves right. With all my six month pregnant belly weight leaning on the…
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Ticking the right box: the full time ‘expat spouse’ job

Expat mums, expat spouses, expat partners – do you work? Recently friend asked me what I did for a living and I replied, ‘I move countries’. I’ve moved countries five times in the last five years and assisted my husband with a short term move to Nigeria in between. Goodness knows how many times I’ve moved from hotel to temporary apartment…
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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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Pregnancy and birth tips from The Virtual Midwife

Life as a mother-to-be can be confusing, lonely and stressful. We’re bombarded with conflicting information on the internet, force fed advice we don’t even ask for and excluded from our social circles just because we can’t stay awake to party like it’s 1990. And wine is off limits. Add cultural issues and subtract friends and family you’ve got yourself an…
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Leaning in to my new expat role

I’m currently in London visiting a friend from my university days. It was a last minute trip to catch up with her and other friends before I jet off on my next expat adventure. It only just dawned on me that it’s my first childfree trip in three and a half years. Three and a half years. I’ve handed over…
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