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Bringing Up Brits: Expat parents raising cross-cultural kids in Britain [Paperback]

Meghan Peterson Fenn
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Book Description

4 July 2011
Raising and parenting your children in a different country to the one in which you grew up can be difficult, challenging and often lonely and confusing. This book speaks to those parents and discusses issues such as cultural differences, customs and traditions, identity, British systems and language barriers. At the same time, this book offers an interesting and valuable insight into British culture from several different perspectives. This is THE book for parents from other cultures who are raising children in Britain, and in addition for family or friends who are touched by this.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Live It; First edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906954216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906954215
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 12.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,078,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meghan Fenn is an American expat and mother who has lived in England since 1999. After graduating from university with a BA in English and Art, she became an English teacher and lived and worked in Prague for two years and then in Tokyo for two and a half years. She moved to England to complete her Masters degree in Design Studies and then worked as a web designer at a company in Nottinghamshire. After being made redundant whilst pregnant with her 2nd child, she set up her own web and graphic design company White Ochre Design Ltd.

She currently lives on the Southeast coast of England, is married to an Englishman and has 3 young children, all born in the UK.

She is writing her second book, Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs, with her co-writer Heidi Walker.


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Essential reading for all non-Brit and repatriating Brit mums. Written with insight, humour and honesty this book connects with the reader and restores a sense of self. All Brits who care about community would do well to read it too. --Eileen Wheeler, Life Coach and British mother

Reading Bringing Up Brits made me realise that I was not alone, I waited 14 years for that experience so this book is a very welcome companion to all of us expats finding our way as parents in a foreign country! Thank you Meghan for having the passion and energy to actually put pen to paper and to write about what so many people are experiencing in Britain today. --Heidi Walker, American expat mother

You gain empathy very quickly for the situation 'we' foreigners are in, trying to adapt to this culture and nation. --Mi Bewick, Swedish expat mother

About the Author

Meghan Fenn is an American expat and mother who has lived in England since 1999. After graduating from university with a BA in English and Art, she became an English teacher and lived and worked in Prague for two years and then in Tokyo for two and a half years. She moved to England to complete her Masters degree in Design Studies and then worked as a web designer at a company in Nottinghamshire. After being made redundant whilst pregnant with her 2nd child, she set up her own web and graphic design business, White Ochre Design. Alongside her successful business, she also runs an informational website for parents, carers and grandparents of young children called Better Days Out. In addition, Meghan is the Worthing manager for The Mumpreneurs Networking Club, a group run by mumpreneurs which supports mums in business by providing a network specifically for them. She currently lives on the Southeast coast of England, is married to an English man and has 3 young children, all born in the UK.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By LucyA
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up for a Filipino friend married to a Brit but couldn't resist a read. I finished it in one go! It's easy to read and recounts the experiences of a number of families who are bringing up children outside of their home nation. It gives such a valuable insight into how the Brits as a nation behave & how that impacts our children. It has given me greater empathy with my friends in this position. Some aspects are sad and I felt particularly upset by Meghan's first solitary experiences but she also emphasises the happy and positive aspects of living in GB not least of which being the quality of the NHS and of course CBeebies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth a Read 10 July 2012
By Donny M
Format:Paperback
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It shares the experiences of the author and other ex-pat parents in raising children in the UK. Being a Brit myself, the various anecdotes about cultural, social and language differences (both positive and negative) were a bit of an eye-opener. It's interesting to see how the British way is perceived by other cultures! But it's not a heavy book - it's very readable and full of little details which help bring topics to life.

Now, I am living and married in Asia. Although this book is very much about experiences in Britain, I found many of the topics here are relevant to other countries and situations. Another plus point for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read and thought provoking 25 April 2013
Format:Paperback
I am a kiwi who is married to a Brit and we have 4 kids between us. Until reading this book I didn't REALLY think about the cultural differences between our countries. It was more a case of `my quirky differences' that made me kiwi. My parents were visiting from NZ when Meg launched her book so we went along to support her. My mum bought a copy of the book too. It was then that I also realised the cross cultural effect my marriage had on my parents living in NZ as well.

My mum passed away recently and while I was back in New Zealand for her last few weeks I noticed that Meg's book had pride of place in her shelf above her desk. This book is still in our bathroom too in the UK - for all visitors to see! Lots of people think that because I `look' English that I am English...but I am not. There are differences and since reading Meg's book I have made sure that I don't forget what makes me kiwi. We incorporate my traditions into our life as well.

This book is well worth a read and has had an impact on my life and my mum's too. Thank you Meg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, a must read. 10 Jun 2012
By Ruth P
Format:Paperback
After reading the first chapter of 'Bringing up Brits' it really made me think of a friend I'd met at my NCT class who is Czech must have felt in her first few years living in the UK. I remember how she said "it's a shame how no one keeps in contact anymore, I thought these classes would mean we'd all be lifelong friends." It made me sad to think that I'd been to busy with work and life in general to keep in touch with her more. I phoned her straightaway and it was great to hear how she was doing, expecting her second child and feeling happier living here. She was so pleased to hear from me and I will try and support and see her more.
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I loved this book. As the child of an Indian mother who left her native South Africa to live in Britain with my English dad, I felt I could relate to what it must have been like for her bringing up her children in a culture very different to her own. I loved reading about people's experiences in the book, it gave it a very real feel. I was also saddened by the negative experiences.
It was lovely to read about the authors Americanisms and it reminds me that here in Britain we do have some awareness of American culture, probably due to the amount of American TV programmes. However, British culture seems quite alien to those arriving here!
A must read for Brits and non-Brits alike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Book for Expat People 7 Sep 2011
By Assia
Format:Paperback
Absolutely loved it!!!!!!!!!
If I read this book thirteen years ago when I had just arrived to Britain, I would have felt not lonely at all but thanks to my husband and nice people in Glasgow,I went through smoothely.
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