Schooling in Catalan

Johanna Bailey broaches the controversial subject of public school teaching in Catalan Read more

Oct 24, 2012 11:00 AM Family matters 28 Comments

Looking for British parents in Barcelona to help with study into schooling

A student at the University of Barcelona is looking for British parents living in the Barcelona metropolitan area to help with her research into the aspects they take into consideration when looking for a school Read more

Mar 29, 2012 11:54 AM Family matters


Our Family Matters blogger Johanna Bailey brings her column to an end, explaining that she's got a lot more on her plate at the moment... Read more

Jan 20, 2012 10:23 AM Family matters 2 Comments

Traditional caganer


Holiday season in Catalunya

Johanna Bailey celebrates the festive season and discusses some of the controversies around local traditions Read more

Dec 19, 2011 2:00 PM Family matters

Gone shopping

Johanna Bailey has some suggestions on where to head for the all-important Christmas presents for your children Read more

Dec 5, 2011 12:00 PM Family matters

Being grateful

Our Family Matters blogger, Johanna Bailey is looking for ideas about how to convince her children to be grateful with their lot in life and not immune to the day-to-day suffering evident on Barcelona's streets Read more

Nov 21, 2011 10:19 AM Family matters 1 Comments

Haircuts for kids

It's not just the 'big' parenting issues that can cause families problems when living abroad; something as apparently simple as getting your child's hair cut can be a huge challenge—our family blogger Johanna Bailey can empathise Read more

Nov 10, 2011 9:30 AM Family matters

Bigging up Halloween in Barcelona

Not a traditional holiday in Barcelona, Halloween has become increasingly popular here in recent times. Our Family matters blogger Johanna Bailey explains why she's going all out on October 31st this year Read more

Oct 24, 2011 11:54 AM Family matters 1 Comments

Interview with a mother

Johanna Bailey talks to a foreign mother living in Barcelona who sent one of her children to an international school and the other to a local 'concertada' Read more

Oct 18, 2011 10:29 AM Family matters 4 Comments

Back to school

Johanna Bailey considers the pros and cons of local and international schools in Barcelona Read more

Sep 19, 2011 12:13 PM Family matters

Breastfeeding in Spain

Blogger Johanna Bailey returns from her summer break with a look at attitudes towards breastfeeding here Read more

Sep 5, 2011 9:52 PM Family matters 6 Comments

House in the country

Johanna Bailey signs off for the summer with a look at hiring a 'casa rural' to enjoy a weekend (or more) out of the city Read more

Jul 19, 2011 12:01 AM Family matters

Sand, sea and swimming

Although Johanna Bailey freely admits the beach isn't for her, she knows that the same can't be said for children and here she lists some of the best for the kids Read more

Jul 11, 2011 11:18 AM Family matters

Speak up

Johanna Bailey interviews US speech therapist Chrissy Bruce, based in Barcelona since the Nineties, about helping bilingual children overcome speech issues Read more

Jul 5, 2011 12:56 AM Family matters


Johanna Bailey describes the daily train trauma that has led to her family upping sticks and moving up the hill to Vallvidrera Read more

Jun 27, 2011 10:47 AM Family matters 1 Comments


If you're desperately seeking something to keep your offspring entertained these summer holidays, blogger Johanna Bailey has a few ideas Read more

Jun 20, 2011 11:04 AM Family matters

Keeping the kids entertained

It can be all too easy to get into a house-bound routine with young children, but blogger Johanna Bailey has some suggestions for getting up off the sofa and out and about Read more

Jun 14, 2011 1:10 PM Family matters

School days

Johanna Bailey looks at the difficult decision some parents have to take regarding putting their young children into schools where the days are loooong Read more

Jun 6, 2011 10:49 AM Family matters 4 Comments

Third Culture Kids

There is a whole field of research about those children who don't know how to answer the question "Where are you from?", as our family blogger discovered Read more

May 30, 2011 10:37 AM Family matters 2 Comments


Blogger Johanna Bailey talks to Monica Kruger, who runs the Kindermusik group at Gràcia's Playhouse Read more

May 23, 2011 10:42 AM Family matters