Luilak
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Luilak Day

Saturday before Pentecost: little wagons and a lot of noise? Sunday of Pentecost: dirty windows? LUILAK DAY! Luilak, or Lazybones Day, is a youth festival celebrated in Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam and other towns in the western Netherlands.…
A lot of tick bites in our dunes
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A lot of tick bites in our woods and dunes

The amount of tick bites is increasing in the Netherlands. In the last 2 years Tekenradar (the Ticks Monitor) has announced a record amount of ticks in the country. There is a relative big chance to be bitten. Below what to do if you, your family…
Anniversary
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EXPATSHAARLEM' S FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Happy Anniversary! EXPATSHAARLEM TURNS 1! It has been a year of challenges, of new experiences, old and new friendships, lots of wonderful articles, many great events, the start of services and our first partnerships. 10000 visitors…
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Spring in the Netherlands is: kids as pavement artists

Walking out the door this morning I played hopscotch, with askew numbers, drawn by childish hand, in pink and green chalk. Right – Pink, Left – Green.... Right – Pink, Left – Green. My bag was jumping on my hip, a lady with…
Teen
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Teen sex in Holland

Would You Allow Your Teen to Have Sex at Home? One of the most challenging and satisfying aspects of expat life is discovering and considering new traditions and ideas about life that are perhaps different from what you’re used to.…
Newborn
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Born yesterday: mothers and their newborn babies - in pictures

Photographer Jenny Lewis took 150 photographs of new mothers and their babies in their second day of life. Forty of these portraits of mums and their newborn babies, have been published as a book, One Day Young, by Hoxton Mini Press “All…
makeup
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Australian mum turns Bratz dolls into Regular Girls by Removing their Heavy MakeUp

“These dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have opted for a “tree change”, swapping high-maintenance glitz ‘n’ glamour for down-to-earth style. I hand repaint…
Nonviolent (Photo: Imgarcade)
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In Search of Clarity and Connection (what Nonviolent Communication can bring)

There I was, inside a circle of 30 workshop participants. I’ve never liked being in the spotlight, never saw myself teaching, and I was feeling quite nervous and scared. And then, within the span of about one minute, I felt calm, safe, and…
Peuterspeelzaal

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands – Part 3: Peuterspeelzaal (Playgroup)

Doesn't your child go to a crèche or day care? But does he/she starts to get the age that interacting with other children may be important for him or her? Then it might be a good idea to bring your toddler to a "peuterspeelzaal". Peuterspeelzaal A…
Geluksroute Haarlem
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expatsHaarlem participates in the Geluksroute / Happiness Route Haarlem

“Happiness is only real, when shared” – Christopher McCandless (Into the wild) Share what makes you happy and so spread happiness. Because happiness always brings more happiness. This is the idea and ideal behind the Geluksroute/Happiness…
Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015
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Arrangements regarding children drastically revised as of 2015

As of 2015 a number of tax benefits regarding the cost for your children have disappeared.  Which benefits are gone? compensation single parents, changes in child related budget. Which benefits are gone? * Single parent credit (Alleenstaande…
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ProefPark Haarlem indoor winter edition!

After two successful summer editions from ProefPark the time has come for an indoor winter edition on the last weekend of January. expatsHaarlem was together with some Haarlem media and some well-known food bloggers among the first to receive…
Zez
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Zelfstandig en Zwanger (ZeZ) (Sole proprietor and pregnant)

As a sole proprietor in the Netherlands you might be eligible for the Zelfstandig en Zwanger benefit (sole proprietor and pregnant). You can request the ZeZ benefit if you: - are self-employed with or without employees; - work for…
Dutch lessons for kids on funny DVDs - watch this video: animals
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Dutch lessons for kids on funny DVDs

Effective and funny Dutch teaching program for kids - and adults too? ;-) -  Watch this video lesson: animals. Dutch lessons on DVDs for kids Dino Lingo Dutch for Kids learning program teaches the most common 200 Dutch words and phrases…
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My CB Said What? Ridiculous Advice From The Consultatiebureau

To provide a little background for this post, the Consultatiebureau, also known as CB, is a place where parents bring their children in for baby well check ups. Babies are weighted, measured and vaccinated. Parents get advice on parenting, feeding…
Being a Third Culture Kid – Part 3: The Parents’ Role
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Being a Third Culture Kid – Part 3: The Parents’ Role

This article is the last piece of a series of 3 on being a Third Culture Kid (TCK). We began by defining the concept of TCK and listing the major challenges of growing up in between cultures in Part 1. The 2nd part was about the benefits of…
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expatsHaarlem Christmas AperiParty

It’s the time of the year again….. Sinterklaas, Christmas, December drinks & parties, surprises and gifts…. We can’t miss it. We want to celebrate it together… in a church! Yes, we rented a church. The magnificent Heilig Hart Kerk…
Circus Tricks - How do you juggle ex-pat life, children and still try to follow your dream? (Illustrations by Sarah-Leigh Wills and copyright Rembrandt & Kiki 2014)
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Circus Tricks - How do you juggle ex-pat life, children and still try to follow your dream?

Jane Archer-Wilms, British ex-pat, explains how she puts pen to paper, publishes and promotes in between the pooey nappies, playdates and pick-ups. Breed. This was the standard answer if you asked the 16 year old me what I wanted to do…
ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!
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ESPRESSO LOUNGE: COOL!

Espresso Lounge opened its doors in the Kleine Houtstraat in May this year. It is is a relaxed café with good coffee, cake and sandwiches for a fair price. Plus a special Kids Lounge. During the whole month of NOVEMBER expatsHaarlem Parents…
More than 100 schools closed
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More than 100 schools closed

Every year more and more schools are closing their doors. Last school year 108 elementary schools were shut down or merged with another school. Thus there are, according to the Office of Education have 6541 primary schools left. The PO-council,…
Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”
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Book Review: “Rembrandt and Kiki Move to the Netherlands” / “Rembrandt and Kiki Verhuizen naar Nederland”

This new book on the bilingual block is the first of a planned series written in both Dutch and English. It tells the story of red headed twins, Kiki and Rembrandt, who move from England to the Netherlands. They have a Dutch mother and their…
Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 2: The Benefits
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Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 2: The Benefits

This article is part 2 of 3 on being a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Summing things up, we are talking about children that have spent a significant part of their development years living out of their home culture, not identifying completely with…
October children's month: more tips
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October children's month: more tips

October is children's month in Haarlem In addition to the 7 tips that I gave you last week, in the Brochure Oktober Kindermaand 2014 of the Gemeente/Municipality of Haarlem there are much more. Below, a selection of them. Every…
6-12 October: week of the education in the Netherlands
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6-12 October: week of the education in the Netherlands

6-12 October is the week of the education in the Netherlands. Here is the link to lots of nice and educational activities in many Dutch places (Haarlem, Hoofddorp, Leiden, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Delft  etc.) for babies, toddlers,…
October children's month: 7 tips
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October children's month: 7 tips

Beginning of October. This means that Haarlem turns into a true Mecca for kids! The whole month of October there are in Haarlem lots of fun activities to do for kids of all ages. The focus of the program lies in the Autumn Holiday, from the…
Drongo Festival (Photo BIMU)
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Drongo Festival

Drongo Festival: "Languages for your Future", Professional information on multilingualism and playful experimentation with language-jamming, 27 September 2014, Public Library in Amsterdam.  Linguistic matters, as "displaced people"…
Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?
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Could parental leave be why Dutch kids are the world’s happiest?

Unicef calls the Dutch the happiest children in the world and they rank second in the OECD for life/work balance. How big a factor is parental leave? Robbin Haasnoot, 33, greets his daughter and wife as they return from swimming. It’s…
Primary school in the Netherlands (Photo: Arianna Ardia)
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Primary school in the Netherlands

Compulsory education under Dutch law applies to children of all nationalities from 5 to 18 years who are residing in the Netherlands. Primary school starts at the age of four and is obligatory from five years old. In this article a basic explanation…
Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care (Photo: Arianna Ardia)

Five forms of childcare in the Netherlands - Part 2: Nanny Care/Childminder Care

Are you looking for high quality childcare for your baby or toddler? Or thinking at changing type of childcare? Read more about the five most common types of childcare in the Netherlands in a series of five articles. Today part 2: Nanny Care…
Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges (Photo: Chaud)
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Being a Third Culture Kid - Part 1: The Challenges

Do you have small children and are you thinking of moving abroad? Did you shift between cultures as a child? Are your children spending a significant part of their development years in a culture that isn’t their original one? If any of the…