• How to Celebrate Halloween in Barcelona As an Expat

    Our expat family’s tips for enjoying the spookiest night of the year even while living abroad. If you don’t already know, Halloween is my favorite!!  That crisp chill in the air, the rustling of freshly fallen leaves at your feet and the smell of a crackling outdoor fire nearby.  So when we moved to Barcelona to become expats and realized Halloween isn’t that big of a deal, I panicked! How would we recreate a holiday that is growing enormously in the states but is overshadowed in Spain by Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead on November 1)? Before becoming expats, Halloween in…

  • Moving Abroad with Kids: How We Broke the News

    As thrilled as Tony and I were for this next chapter of our family’s life, relocating to Barcelona, I was worried sick about telling the kids. Moving abroad with kids is an exciting adventure, but breaking the initial news to them can be tough! Revealing a surprise to your children like a trip to Disney or a new swimming pool is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a parent.  And for anyone that has had to share less enjoyable news you soon realize this is one of the hardest parts. A Mother’s Worries How would we even deliver the news?!  “Hey…

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    Prepare Your Kids for Moving Abroad with These 4 Tips

    No amount of research can truly prepare you or your kids to move abroad. To leave everything behind that is familiar and comfortable to start anew. No matter what, the experience will bring about tons of different emotions for each member of your family. So how do parents prepare their children as best as possible for the road ahead? Focus on Kids’ Interests Give some thought to what your kids are truly interested in and use that info to your advantage. My son enjoys futbol (soccer!) and building Legos. My daughter enjoys cheerleading (not the easiest to find in Europe) and gymnastics. So…

  • 5 Ways to Enjoy an Art Museum With Kids

    Truth be told, we didn’t mean to visit the Kunthisories Art History Museum with our kids during a recent trip to Vienna.  It just sort of happened!  In an effort to include something child-friendly into our trip (since the city isn’t as toddler focused as Barcelona!), we meant to purchase tickets for the Museum of Natural History.  An honest mistake, I swear! Both identical buildings, grandiose and awe-inspiring from the exterior, sit right across from one another in an area of Vienna called Museum Quarter Wien.  In our haste to achieve smiling faces we quickly jumped online and purchased tickets – to the…

  • Tackling Jetlag in Toddlers

    When I was in college (sooo roughly 20 years ago, gulp!) my parents took me to Australia on a business trip. It was an early graduation present. So friekin cool, right? It was the farthest I had ever traveled away from home (and still is!) 17 hours total in the air. The other side of the globe, really. And as far as my invincible college-age nose-pierced free-spirited self was concerned, the 10+ hour time difference was exciting! I couldn’t wait to sleep until noon and go to bed at 3am each night as my body adjusted to Australian time. But fast forward to…

  • Expat Advice for Choosing an International School

      When you are preparing to move abroad, the list of decisions and things to consider seems endless!  And when children are involved, understanding what the best option is for their education is top on the list.   In this featured podcast with The Expat Cast, I loved sharing my advice for choosing an international school for our two older children and a local trilingual school for our youngest. Check out more of the podcast on Choosing an International School here and my high-level tips below for making this big decision as an expat family. *Listen on the website, on an iPhone with the…

  • 4 Reasons Expat Kids May Be Unhappy (Are Yours?)

    Did your expat kids start off on the right track in their new foreign life but after the first few months and once the initial excitement wore off, they had some setbacks? Or what if, from the get-go, your kids just weren’t excited about the move? And even six months later or more, they still haven’t embraced the idea of this new life. First off, it’s OKAY! Do they truly hate their new life and new country? Most likely, NO. The emotional ups and downs all expat kids experience are completely normal. But as most parents do, we feel a responsibility to solve…

  • 6 Hopes for My Expat Children

    When we decided to take the leap and move from the U.S. to Spain, my head started spinning.  So many questions, even more worries – and tons of hopes!  I prayed my expat children would meet others from all over the world, try new and interesting foods, pick up a foreign language and grow more independent as a result of their new “expat” status.   Looking back after two years abroad, what we got was so much more!  This journey is a part of the canvas of our family forever.  As my children grow up and this incredible chapter becomes a distant memory, I want…

  • 4 Lessons Learned When Traveling with Toddlers

    Someone once said to me, “Traveling is like getting a tattoo. You do it once and it’s almost impossible to stop there. It becomes a part of you forever”. As someone who never mustered up the courage to get inked, I can only imagine the similarity between the two. Because when it comes to travel – I simply can’t get enough! It didn’t take long after relocating to Barcelona for the “wanderlust bug” to whisper in our ears! And in Europe with flights under two hours and less than 100 euros to any country, it’s hard to resist! It isn’t more than two…