On the 12th March 2020, President Emmanuelle Macron announced to the nation that from the end of the following day (Friday 13th March), schools in France would be closed to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. This news was met with a mixture of joy for many of the children and either relief or … Continue reading Lockdown France – Schools out!
The rumours had been flying. President Macron was to make a speech to the nation on Thursday 12th March, 8pm. Earlier that day we’d been talking to our second eldest son, who lives in Montpellier 3 ½ hours from our home in the countryside SW of Toulouse. It was his 26th Birthday and he was … Continue reading Lockdown France – This is not a Drill!
I am so excited. My new book about moving to France as a family, “What have we got Toulouse?” Is now available. I can’t believe I’ve finally got there! Why write a book about living in France? I started writing back in 2011, seven years after moving to France and it’s been through many versions … Continue reading Book Release – What have we got Toulouse? A family moving to France
As a responsible parent, we all strive to give our children the best start in life we possibly can. I think sometimes though we tend to focus too much on certain aspects of the process without stepping back and considering the wider picture. It seems that Education is the number one concern of parents with … Continue reading There’s more to Life than Education
One big challenge when bringing up English speaking children in a foreign speaking country, is when and how to introduce written English. It’s one thing to expect a child to learn to speak two languages at the same time, but is it an unnecessary pressure to expect them to cope with learning the different written … Continue reading Keeping up with the English!
In my last post Children Learning to be Bilingual. I was discussing how our youngest children speak French with a local French accent and speak English with an English accent. English is afterall their mother tongue. However, we were talking at the dinner table one evening about accents and the fact that the French find … Continue reading Zis iz ow we speek English
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the behavior of French children compared to British. It's apparent when living here that French children are better behaved. They are generally more obedient, polite and respectful than the British youth. I’ve often marveled when seeing groups of young children out on a school trip. They all line up … Continue reading French Children Don’t Talk Back!
In the UK I was a mother of three and an IT Trainer, my husband Gary was a Lecturer in Horticulture and between us we ran a Guest House on the Kent Coast. We moved to France in 2004 and now I'm a mother of five, we have several different businesses and we live in … Continue reading A little bit of background