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Seeking Health Care When You Don’t Speak the Language
Your doctor’s office is really a beehive of data. Your patient data requires effective communication between you (the patient) and the doctor. Then communication happens between the doctors, nurses, and the administrative staff in the clinic. Then, your data is Read more.
Monday Morning Emails May be a Future Preview of Our Lives
Affiliate Links Every parent is afraid they are making a mistake when raising their children—abroad or domestically—and Jo Parfitt and Terry Anne Wilson are no different. In their book, Monday Morning Emails, they often question if their decision to move their families Read more.
The 20th Anniversary of Families in Global Transition—Perhaps the best yet
Photo Credit: Sandra Bissell You know when you meet someone in person when you’ve only connected online that there is a moment of I-already-know-you-but-I-don’t-really-know-you awkwardness? Yeah, that doesn’t happen at the Families in Global Transition Conference.  You know you’ve “come Read more.
The Swedish Approach to Postpartum Health
It seems like all too soon, mothers of newborns are concerned about losing the baby weight. “What a cruel scheme to keep a woman from knowing her power. To put the focus on what pregnancy did to her body rather Read more.
A Vehicle: A Partnership
The headlight beamed into our garage. It is after 9 p.m. and my husband, and I have been working on the front end of our cranky Volvo for at least two hours. Successfully self-conducted car repairs would be considered a Read more.
Feed the Baby Hummus—Book Review and Giveaway
Sponsored Affiliate Links Feed the Baby Hummus is the newest book to hit the shelves that dives into international practices related to bonding, soothing, and nurturing babies. Pediatrician, Lisa Lewis, MD, gathered all of the cultural practices related to behavior Read more.
Bringing Bébé Back to the States
When my husband and I moved from Manhattan to Paris in 2012, we didn’t anticipate much in the way of culture shock. We were moving from one big, international city to another. No big deal, right? Wrong. Culture shock hit Read more.
Blended Baby: Learning to Love Your Partner’s Family Background
One of the best things about having a baby with someone you love? Your little bundle of joy is lucky enough to be half you and half your partner—whether by nature, nurture, or both. When you look into those big Read more.
The Parenting Advice That Changed My Life
That brief conversation at the playground that day changed how I approached parenting forever. I gave up at least 95% of the parental anxiety and worry I had been needlessly carrying with me. Read more.
The Differences Between Then and Now: Reflections on Integration
Over the past six years, we have become a murky blend of less-American-but-not-quite-Swedish. We’ve kept some of the old but mostly, we have embraced the new. The differences between January 2012 (back then) and January 2018 (now) are stark. Stark Read more.
A Beautiful Death: Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Pet
Living with an elderly pet is like playing a game of Jenga. As each player removes a block from the tower and stacks it on top, the entire structure starts to sway. Each move makes the tower more unsteady. After Read more.
Växtförsäljning’s Christmas Market Review
Don’t try to say “växtförsäljning” three times fast unless you are from a Scandinavian country or unless you want a tongue twister challenge. Växtförsäljning translates simply into “plant nursery” and our local nursery sells wonderful plants, bushes, and trees during Read more.
Länsmånsgården’s Christmas Market Review
Continue to live vicariously through our journey to various Christmas Markets in our Swedish town and beyond. So far, we have traveled north to Sigtuna, and Gävle, and stayed closer to home to Wira Bruk, and now Länsmansgården. Länsmansgården is Read more.
The Laughter Keeps the Crazy at Bay
It’s the head-thrown-back-uninhibited laughter that I’ll miss. The giggles and the demands for more tickles. “Go…[giggle]…stop…[giggle]…go…stop…go…stop…” We play this game every day. They are the best minutes strung in a sequence that I can imagine. We can’t play it for Read more.
The Gävle Goat Survives
Gävle, Sweden is famous for this oversized straw goat. It’s only famous because vandals burn it down every year much to the sadness of the townspeople of Gävle. Or are they really sad when the goat burns down? It is Read more.
Dragon Skulls, Fairies, and Trolls at Wira Bruk’s Christmas Market
Wira Bruk is an old iron works village that was active back in the heyday of Sweden’s superpower era when they were cranking out weaponry as fast as they could. It’s the site where the King’s weapons (read: swords) and Read more.
My Review of Steninge Slott’s Christmas Market
Steninge Slott’s Julmarknad is always a fun trip out to Sigtuna, Sweden. The Christmas market is housed in the stone barn behind the 17th Century palace and the interior is stunning. The vaulted ceilings of the barn give it an Read more.
Soul Sighs
  Home is… Home is more than a building. More than a house in which we hold breakfasts and dinners every day. More than a place where the kids visit after school. More than a place where we all sleep at night, Read more.
Visiting the Christmas Markets in Sweden
It is Christmas Market (Julmarknad) season in Europe and Sweden has some of the most darling Christmas markets. Glögg (mulled wine), reindeer meat, and candles on evergreen trees are all part and parcel of a good Swedish Christmas market. Kickstarting Read more.
Celebrating Holidays When Living Abroad
Holidays have a special place in our hearts. We grow up with certain traditions—some wacky, some practical, and some that sound crazy when we try to explain them to outsiders. Regardless of how we choose to celebrate our special holidays, Read more.

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  • I am honored to be part of such a talented group of writers and mothers with BIG vision. Lisa Ferland is one inspiring editor, ready to give the world another marvelous read. Sometimes one of the bravest things we can do as women is to lay down roots and plant seeds in a garden so very far from home. All of these 26 authors in 25 countries have much to share in stories that are superbly written. Support this and enjoy!

  • Jennifer Malia

    After reading the first book in the series, Knocked Up Abroad, I knew I wanted to write my story about traveling with my six-month-old daughter in Petra. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute as a writer to Knocked Up Abroad Again. I couldn’t ask for a better editor than Lisa Ferland or more supportive group of writers than the Knocked Up Abroad Again family. By sharing our stories, we hope to inspire others to follow in our footsteps.

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