Andrea Pippins is an internationally renowned illustrator and author. Her work has featured in the New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine. She currently resides in Stockholm with her family and is working on her next project, featuring her son.
Third culture kid and indie author, Jennifer Dahlberg is a long term expat living in Stockholm and originally from the United States. Her passion for the written word and do it yourself nature led to her successful indie publishing venture that has gone global.
It’s me, Jill, I’m recording the podcast again. I thought what way to start back than just with me. Have you ever felt like everyone else has got their suit pants pressed and you’re still figuring out the button up? Yup, me too. But, why? And, why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?
Photographer, Parisa Walklett, whose latest photography project, Female Immigrant Makers in Sweden, #FIMIS, is smashing the stereotypes found in the media of female immigrants (lazy, stupid, only able to cook or clean) in an intimate photography series of artists, jewellery designers, toy-makers, bakers, and stationery designers, from all over the world who call Sweden home.
In today’s episode we welcome back Courtney Landin from Happy Sleeping Baby to talk about all things sleep related. Last week was International Sleep Awareness week so it seemed appropriate. We talk about sleep in adults and how lack of it impacts our lives short term and long term. Some tips on how to get out of bad habbits. Also, how she would recommend getting a 3 year old to stay in bed. HALLELUHJAH!
You can find Courtney on Instagram @happysleepingbaby and on Facebook at Happy Sleeping Baby.
***TRIGGER WARNING*** ANYONE PHOBIC TO PARASITES OR BAD SOUND… we recorded this episode in the home of Dr James, had a great in depth chat about parasites in Sweden and at Förskola… and then realised that the mic had been on the wrong setting. So, loath to record again and miss all the good stuff. We hope you really forgive us! We’re on a steep learning curve with this new piece of equipment. Enjoy and listen to the end to find out what the format of future episodes are going to be like!
One really is the loneliest number as Jill goes solo on today’s podcast. In this week’s episode, Jill shares her personal experience of loneliness and isolation and how it brought about Littlebearabroad.com. What’s your experience of those first couple of months as an immigrant abroad?
In this weeks episode of the podcast we’re talking about something that I feel really strongly about, for various reasons. It dove-tails into a number of areas that I could talk about for hours and hours. Stuck parents, the Hague Convention, child abduction and how immigration and integration is an issue that predominantly impacts women. We’re joined by Founder and Chair of Global Action on Relocation & Return with Kids (GlobalArrk.org), Roz Osborne. We talked candidly about how being a stuck parent herself brought about the creation of GlobalArrk.org and how she’s now assisting hundreds of people all over the world.
Our 17th episode and our third Barnakuten with Dr James. The Swedish vaccine schedule and questions about vaccinations in Sweden are one of the most searched for topics on the Littlebearabroad website. In today’s episode we talk about the Swedish vaccine schedule, the recent outbreak of Measles in the south of Sweden, the increasing number of people choosing not vaccinating their children in Sweden and what that means for the rest of us. Of course, we talked about much more, as we do, but we had plenty to say on this topic.
In our latest episode of the podcast, Jill is joined by Elly and Cam to talk about making friends abroad. Something that is easier said than done, but why? We also discuss how kids cope making friends abroad and signs to look out for when things aren’t going so well. Plus, tips on how to create a community when you move abroad. Check out the links on the podcast page for The Swedish Theory of Love and some of the communities that we mention.
I have always felt mega pressure when it comes to learning languages and get super stressed out by it all. I don’t understand these people that learn a language for fun…what!? Who are you? So, I thought it would be interesting to speak to someone who knows a bit more about it. Cue! Sofi Tegsveden Deveux from Bee Swedish, the amazing language and cultural training company based in Stockholm. The tag line on the front of their website is, “Honeymoon is over”…and they are that serious. They are the team you want in your corner when the fun has worn off, the cultural honeymoon has become a ball and chain and you need all the inspiration you can get to stick it out living in Sweden.
Our “Pregnancy in Sweden” series continues off the website and on the podcast. Jill is joined by Lisa and Sarah to discuss their “alternative” births in Sweden. Big Congrats goes to Elly Waller who gave birth to Rumi Waller just after this podcast was recorded YAY!!!
“The Teletubbies made us do it…” We totally failed at getting this delivered on time. The irony isn’t lost on us, talking about VAB, not being under pressure to work and then failing miserably and delivering to you, our en masse employer (think of us as your work experience lad who mixes your post up, free of charge but annoying as hell).
One of the hardest parts of living abroad is the constant reminder of family and friends you’ve left behind. So, how do they feel about it? In episode 5 of the Littlebearabroad podcast, Jill and her mum, Isobel, talk about their relationship now that Jill’s abroad, her relationship with her granddaughter, language barriers and hopes for the future.
Coming to you from Portugal!!! Yes, we’re on holiday for 10 days in the Algarve but we love this little podcast so much we’ve gone nomad and are recording from our little island in the sun.
Mattias is in the house!!! As a native, does living with an immigrant who is going through all the feels of living abroad impact your daily life? Do we immigrants have even more to feel guilty about?! Secondly, we talk about an experience that we had whilst travelling to Portugal and it’s relevance to the Hague Convention.
Culture shock and the related anxiety can result in crippling mental health issues that lead to depression and often suicidal tendencies.
Today’s guest is Franziska Engle from Mindfulness Stockholm. Her third culture kid experience and background in psychology offers an insight into the impact of culture shock. We also discuss how to come to terms with culture shock and how mindfulness can help over come the impact of it.
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