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About Amanda van Mulligen
I'm British born but I have made the Netherlands my home. I have three Dutch sons who are tinged with Britishness, and a pure bred Dutch husband. Despite having dual nationality, I haven't exchanged my shoes for clogs, munch no more cheese now than I did in England and I still refuse to host Dutch birthday circles in my home.
I am a published author, freelance writer, translator and blogger. I scribble about my Dutch life at Turning Dutch and about raising highly sensitive children at Happy Sensitive Kids.
I have contributed to expat anthologies Dutched Up! Rocking the Clogs Expat Style, Once Upon An Expat and Knocked Up Abroad Again.
I have also translated the children’s book “Langmuts is een Held” from Dutch into English, one in a series of Dutch books written with highly sensitive children in mind.
In October 2019, I published the first Happy Sensitive Kids book: “101 Ways to Help Your Highly Sensitive Child Empty Their Bucket: Calming Tools During Times of Overwhelm“.
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Join us on this journey and along the way meet a tribe of global souls who together make up this heartwarming and at times hilarious anthology.
There is one thing we can guarantee about this book. If you have ever lived in the Netherlands, at least one story in it will resonate with you. In all likelihood, there are a lot of stories that will sound familiar and have you nodding your head in agreement or shaking it in shared frustration. This book will help you appreciate the many moments of beauty, learning and growing.
Dutched Up! is a collection of tales by some pretty amazing women who have learned to rock their clogs, expat style.
Twenty-five women experience both love and heartbreak as they bring their babies into this crazy beautiful world.
Imagine receiving a kit in the mail with everything you'll need for your Dutch midwife to safely deliver your baby at home. Imagine overhearing the nurses in China talking bluntly about your medical status because they don't think you understand Chinese. Imagine giving birth to your three children in three different countries, each with unique approaches, superstitions, and medical practices.
The mothers of Knocked Up Abroad Again boldly tell their heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of what life is like when you're pregnant in a foreign country in this anthology. With big risks comes big love.
It's a treat for travel enthusiasts, pregnant mothers, and armchair travelers alike.