Kids and Clogs

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Kids and Clogs
Having lived in London for nearly 40 years, moving to Amsterdam has been a culture shock. Kids and Clogs tells my story...
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  • Birthdays as an Expat 7 years ago Normally, a birthday would involve inviting my two sisters and their children, my parents, a few neighbours and maybe a friend or two round for a tea party. A tea party for me (being English) is about making many cakes of different sizes and variations, cutting up some fruit and vegetables and...
  • Amsterdam a City? 7 years ago One of the great things about living in Amsterdam is that we can access the rest of Europe.We just got back from a few days in Berlin. As it was a few days before Christmas, the shops were very busy. I couldn't help but to compare the city to Amsterdam. We stumbled across shopping mall after...
  • Sint Maartens v's Halloween 7 years ago As Sint Maarten and Halloween have merged into one long sweet/candy eating festival in our house, I have outlined the differences between the two autumn festivals for my children, so they can manage their expectations and prepare accordingly.Halloween is a festival involving all things spooky, and...
  • Mummy, I can't hear 7 years ago When my son turned 3, he developed problems with his hearing. This in itself is unremarkable.┬áIt is very common for young boys to have problems with their hearing. Many of my son's friends at the time were submitted to hospital after being diagnosed with glue ear and had gromits inserted into...
  • Being an Immigrant 7 years ago Having been English and lived in England for most of my life, I've not put much thought into how it feels to be an immigrant. Or to be labelled an immigrant. As we made a decision to send our children to a Dutch school, we are now often seen as immigrants. Our children need extra support with... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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Dr Stephen Bourne
11:23 AM May 28, 2014

I am Jenni's Dad. I think her family is very brave and some of the blog made sad reading. When they lived near us in the UK, her Mum and myself were around to help and provide support. Even though we have been over to Amsterdam to visit a few times, we were impotent to help with the inevitable problems of language and alienation that such relocation entails. Hopefully, in the long term it will work out.

Valerie Bourne
14:21 PM May 29, 2014

As the grandma of these gorgeous kids, you can imagine how I felt when they went abroad and when I read the blog. I am very proud of my daughter who has coped and created a safe and secure home for the family. My granddaughter will benefit in the long term with a second language and will gain coping strategies that will stand her in good stead for life. The two boys being younger will have fewer problems adjusting to a different culture and language . It would have been easier for the children if they had gone to an English speaking country but selfishly The Netherlands are more accessible and we have had several visits. Hooray for Skype and Whatsapp!

12:01 PM June 02, 2014

What a refreshingly honest blog. It's nice to hear the warts & all truth about settling into a new country with a family

21:22 PM June 02, 2014

I love reading about the Grossman family adventures. Jenni writes with honesty and humour and I feel that I get a very strong sense of what they're doing and feeling. We miss you all loads but I am so proud of your determination and optimism xx

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