2 Feb 2016

5 things you do not need to happen on a family trip

We have had our fair share of traveling disasters. On top of the usual airline delays, lost luggage, etc, we have 'visited' an Italian hospital with a toddler. We have been to an ear specialist while on honeymoon in the Indian Ocean. Without going into dramatic stories, there are those little annoying things that happen in every trip that you remember for years even though they didn't really spoil your trip or holiday.

Things you do not need to happen on a family vacation

26 Jan 2016

Playgrounds around the world

What better way to discover a country with young children than through its playgrounds?

19 Jan 2016

Our Florida highlights

It has been a year since our trip to Florida. Yes, a year. I know. I should have probably posted this much earlier. But now seems a good time too as we are there again! As you read this, I shall be a jet-lagged mum, hopefully sitting by the pool, having just crossed the Atlantic for the second time alone with a toddler and a child.

12 Jan 2016

5 things I love about German parenting

What is it like to raise children in Germany? We have this image of Germans as rather cold and severe/strict people, maybe not the most fun nation in the world. Are German parents really strict with their kids? Well, let me break it to you right here: ...

7 Jan 2016

Our favourite Portuguese books for under 6s

As I have mentioned many times before, we struggle with Portuguese books for several reasons. Authentic (non-translated) materials in European Portuguese are very hard to find.
Portuguese is the weakest language in our household and the one that needs the most support. So I am on a serious hunt for quality resources.

21 Dec 2015

Christmas dinners in 4 European countries

Ah... dreams of a mince pie by the fire. Children quietly playing with their newly unwrapped toys while a delicious smell of fresh cod fish coming from the kitchen.

15 Dec 2015

The Tooth Fairy or La Petite Souris?

Part of living in a multicultural family is to share customs and traditions and adjust family life to reflect those. This sometimes means not doing the things that other children around us do. And that is what is how we learn about the world.
LJ, 5 and 3/4, has just lost her first tooth. It has taken us a little by surprise as there was just over a week between the day she announced it was moving and the day it fell.

7 Dec 2015

5 Portuguese foods to try as a family

Portuguese food is usually quite hearty and filling and not always the most appealing at first glance. Portions are huge and there are rarely special kids' menus in restaurants (which is actually probably a good thing). When travelling with children, finding things they will like can be a challenge, especially when the ingredients are unknown to them and to you, as parents. So, here are some suggestions as to what you can get them to try (tested and approved by my 1- and 5-year-old).

2 Dec 2015

Die Goldbergs: live and multicultural

Amongst the ear infections, conjunctivitis, stomach bugs and all the other nasty stuff early kindergarten weeks months are made of, I have finally managed to treat my big girl to some well-deserved mother-daughter time.

9 Nov 2015

Our family through food: São Tomé fish feijoada

When I was invited to review one of Sasha's Global Table Adventure recipes, I didn't hesitate for one second. I love the idea of cooking a meal from a different country and the recipes I have tried so far were delicious. (I highly recommend the Mauritian Chilli Poppers or the Alfajores amongst many other things).

27 Oct 2015

Foodie penpals: British comfort food

Ever wish you could get a little something from different places without leaving the comfort of your home? We do too.

19 Oct 2015

German kindergarten lunch

Ever wondered what preschoolers and toddlers eat in a German nursery/daycare? Wonder, no more. Here it is.

12 Oct 2015

8 road trip activities for kids that worked (and those that didn't)

Back from our 5300km* road trip, we have learnt a few things or two about our children's abilities to handle travel and how to (not) entertain them.

30 Sep 2015

What I've learnt about living in Germany

A little bit of fun about living in Germany. I thought you might like some random facts about life here, in no particular order.

24 Sep 2015

Why I don't worry about multilingualism

In a world where helicopter parenting seems to be what everyone is doing, I am rapidly running away in the opposite direction. The more I see it, the more I run away from it. And this also applies to multilingualism in our family.

21 Sep 2015

Our story so far...

A few weeks back, I shared my story over on My Expat family's Instagram account (#thepiripirionmyexpatfamily). If you have just recently started reading my blog or if you are just curious, here is a quick picture-based recap of our family story so far.

1 Sep 2015

Their first 10 words: how our life affects our children's languages right from the start

Have you ever thought how your life affects your multilingual children's language right from the very beginning? We know, as parents of bilingual children, that it is vital to speak our chosen language(s) from the start. We read everywhere about consistency and need. But it is quite amazing to realise how a few changes to our children's life affect their first words, for example. 

23 Aug 2015

Learning to write: a multilingual alphabet

Is your child multilingual learning to write? Is s/he interested in letters? Does s/he ask you what a Y is when you tell him Yoda starts with a Y? Mine does all the time and we have found the perfect solution.

Learning to write when your multilingual can be confusing. Letters have different labels and sounds depending on what language your are learning.

19 Aug 2015

What to do when your child refuses to speak your language? (MKB vlogging telephone)

Today I am sharing with you a few ideas about what to do if your child refuses to speak your language. It happens to us. It happens to a lot of families. LJ, 5,  now claims she cannot understand whenever her father speaks to her in Portuguese and so avoids replying Portuguese that way. What can you do? What can we do?

16 Aug 2015

3 days in Nuremberg with kids

We have just come back from 3 days away with the extended family. We had decided to explore a little more of the Germany we do not know. We spent the 3 days in and around Nuremberg with 3 children aged between 1 and 7. There were so many things to do, we ran out of time. It is definitely a great family destination.

5 Aug 2015

Sicily: pastries, history and bins...

I have hesitated to publish this post for a while now.

A couple of years ago, we spent 2 weeks in Sicily. We love Italy and this was meant to be a great family holiday before the arrival of our second baby. Yet, we were left disappointed when we came back. The holiday was great but we didn't feel like Sicily had lived up to its reputation.

29 Jul 2015

Expat goodbyes

As we reach the summer in the northern hemisphere, goodbyes return in full force. Expats leave to go back home or move to another 'home'. Parties are arranged. And everyone says goodbye. It is a sad time to be an expat. 

Saying goodbye is part of our life and an important step into the expat experience.
When we moved to Germany, we had a big party with all of our colleagues and friends. When I left France, I never said goodbye to anyone because it was only meant to be temporary. I feel as though those missed goodbyes when I left France have cost me a few friends and I have always regretted not having kept more in touch with some of them.
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