Turning Dutch

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Turning Dutch
This blog is my tale of mothering abroad, about the ups and downs of parenting in a foreign country.
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  • Focus on Gezelligheid this December 2 weeks ago A Dutch December can be an overwhelming month, not just for children, but for parents too. As a family we have found a way to calm the December days down. We focus more on family and gezelligheid, and a little less on the explosion of presents and commercialism that comes with the festive period....
  • The Joy That is the School Sinterklaas Surprise 1 month ago It’s around this time of year that parents with children in Dutch primary schools gear up for the Sinterklaas ‘surprise‘ (pronounced ‘sirprees’, in case you are wondering). Primary school kids from group five upwards knutsel together a masterpiece. And then they hide a little present in...
  • The Dutch Education Crisis 1 month ago Teachers across the Netherlands will be out on strike on Wednesday 6 November. The issues in the education section are being described as a national disaster. A crisis. A catastrophe. Here’s the low down of what’s currently happening in the Dutch education system. Teachers and Strike Action Any...
  • Halloween Dutch Style 3 months ago Is there even a Halloween Dutch style? Halloween is certainly not celebrated in the Netherlands on the scale it is in the USA or England, but the popularity of Halloween is on the rise. History of Halloween Halloween is steeped in history, but here is a very brief recap. Celebrated on the 31st...
  • A Tale of Two Languages, Three if You Count Dunglish 3 months ago Living in the Netherlands means conducting life in two languages – Dutch and English. My three sons are being raised bilingually and our home conversations and discussions are a mixture of both languages. Yes, Dunglish is alive and well in our home. A life lived in more than one language is not...

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  • Top 8 Must Buy Items For Expats in The Netherlands Writing Contest March 2013 You can’t buy happiness but as an expat you can buy eight items that will help you get the most out of living in the Netherlands. A Bike There is no doubt whatsoever that the Dutch are cycling nuts. You could sum the locals up with “I...
  • Letting Go of the Career Ladder Working Abroad Taking a step back in your career is never a satisfying move, but if the fact that you don’t speak the local language limits your job opportunities and you need to survive, sometimes you have no choice. I know that firsthand. When I moved to the...

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