Arthur and Freddie May 2017 It’s been all back to ‘normal’ with school starting back up again, after having an amazing Easter break together last month I feel like only this week are we starting to settle back in to the routine of the school […]
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You may remember me telling you that I was involved in the writing of the fantastic book Knocked Up Abroad, well I’m really excited to tell you that there is a follow up book that has just been released! I thought I’d share a little about the book. I’m not in this one but there are some fantastic people with some amazing stories involved!
Read on to hear about Knocked Up Abroad Again, the contributors and how you can get your hands on a copy!
What is Knocked Up Abroad Again about?
Knocked Up Abroad Again is the second anthology in the Knocked Up Abroad series, and features stories from 25 different countries as written from the diverse perspectives of 26 women. Each mother, with her unique voice and from her perspective, describes the highs and lows of motherhood as she straddles the distance between what was once familiar with the reality of the challenges posed by her foreign environment.
This heartwarming, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking collection of stories illustrates that the more we see, the more we learn about ourselves as human beings.
The adventuresome spirit of someone who leaves their home country is carried into how they end up expanding their family. Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists, and turns around the globe will take readers on an exciting journey and will keep both experienced travelers and those who prefer to explore from the comfort of their couch entertained and wanting more.
Knocked Up Abroad Again provides a glimpse of the wide range of experiences women face when giving birth and raising their children in a foreign culture, language, and environment. Regardless of the cultural or medical approach, parents everywhere in the world worry about the same thing: the health of their unborn baby. In each of the unique stories in Knocked Up Abroad Again, the concepts of family and love translate into every language and are uniquely celebrated around the world.
Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists, and turns is currently available only on Kickstarter in paperback and ebook formats.
About The Contributors
The contributors of Knocked Up Abroad Again are all talented writers whose essays can be found on The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Babble, Scary Mommy, ParentCo, Salon, BLUNTMoms, Mamalode, and more. They have tapped into emotional depths to bring readers their personal pregnancy, miscarriage, birth, and parenting stories while living in a foreign country.
About The Editor And Contributing Author
Lisa Ferland is a US citizen who has lived abroad in Sweden since 2012, working as a writer, editor, publisher, and public health consultant. She is currently raising a Lego lover and a Pippi Longstocking fanatic who enjoy behaving like Swedish children with the added bonus of American Thanksgiving holidays.
Knocked Up Abroad Again Kickstarter Video
Knocked Up Abroad Again Book Trailer
Expat life can be AMAZING, but there are times, when expat life can be tough. I think adding children into that mix can make the highs and lows even more extreme.
Without doubt we are really happy with our choice to have and live with our boys abroad; if you’re a regular reader of my blog I think that’s pretty obvious to see. We love the life that we have here.
We are lucky that we don’t really get external guilt put on to us by our families, its just the guilt we put on ourselves! I know that some people’s families don’t hide their displeasure or disapproval at the expat life!
But the days when it is hard, it really is hard. Well often it’s not even days, but moments, when the expat family guilt kicks in.
Moments where the difference in timezones mean I can’t just pick up the call for a chat.
Moments where our restricted internet means I can’t just video call if the boys are doing something fun!
Times where I’d love to send the boys off for an afternoon to spend time with their grandparents (and give me an afternoon off!!)
Times when I feel truly awful for how much our family is missing out on with the boys growing up so fast.
This month I’ve been feeling some serious expat guilt. I think it comes from Arthur getting older and being able to communicate more. I’m pretty sure that our upcoming trip to the UK this summer is having an impact on it too.
It hit me really badly the other day when after a Skype chat with my Mum. Arthur got really upset and said “see nana please mama.” I can’t express how awful I felt. I would have loved more than anything at that moment to be able to pop round to visit her so Arthur could see his Nana.
Arthur really likes planes and so I tell him whenever we send something to the UK or someone has sent something to us how it has been put on a plane.
I think he’s starting to comprehend that our family doesn’t live close by. That we can’t just go and see them whenever we want. When he asked to “see nana” the other day, it made me realise that his understanding is more than I had given him credit for.
The moments may be fleeting, often they are just thoughts that are coming to the forefront of my mind. But it’s undeniable. Expat family guilt is real. The best way I have found to deal with it is to take advantage of something that you couldn’t do at ‘home’. For us that can be something as simple as getting out in the garden and enjoying some sun for instant gratification, or take a walk to the beach or the pool. Even just looking at some pictures of the boys and appreciating what opportunities they get here that they wouldn’t get elsewhere.
How do you do deal with your expat family guilt?