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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  • 10 Expat Career Tips 4 days ago If you are moving or living abroad but want to ensure that your career remains intact in some form or another, here are ten pointers: 1. Think creatively You may need to rethink your career path but with creative thinking you can end up going in a surprising and fun, albeit new, direction. Now...
  • 10 Things 2019 Has Already Taught Me 1 week ago As 2018 turned into 2019 I said to my husband, “Thank god for that. 2019 can’t be worse then 2018.” Little did I know 2019 was standing in the side wings saying to 2018, “Ha! Hold my beer.” Probably the worst thing about moving overseas is the fact that you leave your family and...
  • 10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands 1 week ago When I left the UK in 2000 to board a boat that would take me to a new life in the Netherlands, I never really stopped to consider how my life was about to change. Naive maybe, but one thing I learned quickly was how to roll with the expat punches. I knew there was… Continue reading 10 Little (&...
  • Hoogbegaafd or Gifted Children in the Dutch Education System 2 weeks ago Every week we ferry two of my children around to schools other than their own so that they can participate in a ‘plusklas’ or a ‘talentklas’. It’s only recently that teachers uttered the words highly gifted to us about our sons. And so parenting (and my Dutch vocab) takes on a new level....
  • Expat living: Four Expat Challenges and How to Overcome Them 3 weeks ago Whether you have secured the job of your dreams in a location you have always wanted to live, or are moving abroad for more practical reasons, working as an expat is an exciting prospect. There is so much to do in the run up to the move and when you first arrive, it can be… Continue reading Expat...

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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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