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Expat-Mom Blog

Welcome to Expat-Mom.com!

I have successfully been causing confusion in Germany since 2010!

As an American Expat in Germany, life can be trying at times. Learning the language and adapting to a new culture are tough enough without trying to raise bi-lingual children and engage in a bi-cultural marriage. I hope to provide some insight and silly stories in which fellow Expatriates can relate, and for the culturally curious to be able to ponder and laugh.

11 May Posted by in Family Life | 1 comment

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Before posting this article, Kay mentioned that as a German, the whole military concept can be summed up as, “Citizens in Uniform.” Being in the military has a completely different connotation depending on the country in which you live. I’m not trying to point out what is right and what is wrong because I am ...

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10 May Posted by in Language | 2 comments

Deutsch Dienstags

Deutsch Dienstags

Today, while at Oma and Opa’s (we had to switch our regular Tuesday visit to Thursday due to a scheduling conflict this week) I was trying to make small talk with Opa by telling him we have a bird’s nest in our shed. I really hate it when I don’t plan out what I want ...

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09 May Posted by in Sports | 3 comments

Biking in Germany – Episode 2 – For Whom the Bell Tolls

Biking in Germany – Episode 2 – For Whom the Bell Tolls

There is  a joke in the US when teenagers first get their driver’s license that all other drivers should be ware. Although there aren’t bike licenses in Germany, my fellow bike path users should be ware of the American Wicked Witch… I now have a modern day bike basket, but instead of a little dog, ...

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08 May Posted by in Driving | 1 comment

It Must be True Because My Husband Says So (Episode 2) – The Parking Disc

It Must be True Because My Husband Says So (Episode 2) – The Parking Disc

Calling dibbs on an enhancehanced version of this…The Parkscheibe (Parking Disc) This is a form of one type of parking meter here in Germany. When you see one of these signs…  It means it is limited-time parking and you put the parking disc in your dashboard window signaling what time you parked in your spot. ...

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06 May Posted by in Sports | 2 comments

Death by Bitch-Slap?

Death by Bitch-Slap?

Have you ever had one of those days where you just felt like something big was going to happen? Like you were going to see something you weren’t supposed to? Today we went to the Fortuna Düsseldorf vs. MSV Duisburg soccer (Fussball) game and I was excited to see the last game of Fortuna’s season. ...

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04 May Posted by in Culture, Driving, Sports | 4 comments

How Bikes can save us.

How Bikes can save us.

Today I stumbled upon the below Graphic and after writing about  American Fuel Prices and Biking in Germany I thought this is a perfect summary. Luckily it is published under a Creative Commons License so I can share it with you. I am slowly trying to rid my biking fear on roads. Especially with a toddler in ...

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03 May Posted by in Family Life, Reviews | 2 comments

Preggers in Deutschland – What to Expect when you are Expecting… In Germany

Preggers in Deutschland – What to Expect when you are Expecting… In Germany

I was so excited to recently hear that a couple of my friends are pregnant. Some in the US and some in Germany. In speaking with my Expat friend here, it became apparent that there are many questions about giving birth in Germany. As such, here are my top 10 things to know about giving ...

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02 May Posted by in Products | Comments

Frivolous Lawsuits – No need to drag German brands into the mix

Frivolous Lawsuits – No need to drag German brands into the mix

I’ve written before about Kinder Eggs chocolate and how they aren’t allowed in the US because they are considered a “choking hazard”… but only in the US, not in Germany nor in Canada. Now that I am abroad, I can safely say that yes, other countries view the US as having frivolous lawsuits. Maybe I ...

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01 May Posted by in Family Life | 3 comments

Sibling Rivalry Abroad – The Distance Brings Us Closer

Sibling Rivalry Abroad – The Distance Brings Us Closer

Today is a national holiday in Germany, Labor Day. As such, because there was no work for any of our neighbors today, we made a spontaneous barbeque last night, which is part of the reason nothing was written or posted on Expat-Mom last night. And the other part was a sick baby (who is a ...

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29 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Language | 6 comments

The weight of words… in a foreign language.

The weight of words… in a foreign language.

When learning a new language, we spend most of our time focusing on word order, grammar and pronunciation. At the beginning, words in a foreign language just don’t seem to hold as much weight as they do in our native tongues. And then, gradually, our vocabulary increases, and we start to not just understand the ...

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