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An Expat Parent Talks about Raising Kids in London, UK


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One expat in the UK shares her views on parenting in England. She feels that parents in the UK enjoy the involvement of family and extended family. And, commented that domestic help is readily accessible and affordable.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

London

How is being a parent in your destination country different than in your home country?

Very independent parenting, without much family support network. However, a key strength in UK is the high level of involvement from the national health service, where infants get regular visits from a home visitor, reminders for vaccinations. A weak point is that there is no ready access to a paedetrician. Every service or check up is required to go through a nurse / GP first, before you get a referral to a Paed.

What are the strengths of your home culture's parenting style? What are the weaknesses?

High family and extended family involvement. Domestic help is readily accessible and affordable.

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Jan 14, 2013 08:28

Hi, As mother who did my first two year's as a Mum in London (Wimbledon in 1992-94) and then NY till 2007, can I offer some advice on how to get the best out of being a Mum in the UK. If your children are pre-school then Mother and Toddler Groups are a great resource for getting to know local mothers , and if you are lucky enough to have a baby in the UK then get in touch with the National Child Birth Trust and there is usually a group you can join. If your children are already in Primary/Secondary school, join the PTA or whatever association the school has and you will meet the local Mums and Dads. I never had any problems with the UK Health Care my babies got and hated the extensive co-pays, etc in the USA! It is tough not having family about, but in places like London, most parents are in the same boat so club together and share babysitting instead of going it alone. I did a lot of that and made life long friends. Best wishes

guest
Mar 19, 2013 14:49

If you don't have family in the area then you won't have much of a family support network. GP's are meant to fill the role of pediatrician. Some have a specialism in pediatrics. So you won't be sent to a pediatrician unless there is a more serious problem.

guest
Apr 1, 2013 20:31

What about all the changes now w/NHS being privatised, Starting from 2day April 1st, won't this cut many of the services.My understanding the schools & many other things R being privatised. Would like updates on this.

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