Facebook and Surviving as an Expat Mom

Facebook moms groups (like any moms group, apparently) are a tricky thing. The mommy wars are in full swing in many of them which makes them a very dangerous—but also enticing—place. I’ve seen even relatively drama-free ones blow up over topics like baby-led weaning and toddler boy “aggression.” But drama or not, there is one population that I’m not sure can survive without them: expat moms.

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Goodbye, Prague. Hello, Oslo!

Last Monday morning the movers arrived to pack up our stuff. On Friday we boarded a plane and flew to Oslo. We were in Prague for less than a year, but when opportunity knocks…

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Is Hallstatt, Austria the cutest little town ever?

Nestled in a valley in the Salzkammergut, the small town consists primarily of a small square on the lake with a large church steeple reflecting on the water. I think the view of that church (which is incredibly simple inside, especially compared to the ornate Catholic churches in Salzburg) is the reason why Hallstatt is so popular with tourists today.

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Easter Weekend in Salzburg, Austria

When my husband found out that he got three days off for Easter, any reason to stay in Prague for the weekend evaporated.  I turned to Google and started searching for Easter egg hunts in Central and Eastern Europe—or if that failed, cities where they didn’t celebrate the holiday by whipping women and girls.

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Why do you have a nanny? [a/k/a “What do you do all day?” for this expat mom]

Ouch.  That’s how I feel every time someone asked me this.  Truth is, I am constantly asking myself this question and also why, even with a nanny, I can’t seem to stay on top of everything.  I am in awe of moms who work outside the home, that’s for sure.  I’m also jealous of the “trailing spouses” that I know who don’t have kids because surely they have time to get everything done, right?  (Short answer:  No.  No they don’t.)

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Why do you have a nanny? [a/k/a “What do you do all day?” for this expat mom]

Ouch.  That’s how I feel every time someone asked me this.  Truth is, I am constantly asking myself this question and also why, even with a nanny, I can’t seem to stay on top of everything.  I am in awe of moms who work outside the home, that’s for sure.  I’m also jealous of the “trailing spouses” that I know who don’t have kids because surely they have time to get everything done, right?  (Short answer:  No.  No they don’t.)

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