Mihal Greener

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Mihal is a freelance writer from Melbourne

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Life in the expat bubble: How a language barrier helped me live in blissful isolation
For many global nomads, the expat bubble means never having to encounter a utility bill or suffer the ignominy of traveling economy class on a long-haul visit home. Yet contrary...
"We both had mushroom haircuts": the BFFs from age 5
Psychologist Amelia Frid (left), and learning and development consultant Yulia Zlatkin, both 41, have been best friends since arriving in Melbourne by boat from Russia as...
Who owns the family name: what happens when a marital tie comes undone
I ran the gamut when deciding whether to change my last name after getting married. I contemplated honeymoon bathing suits with "Mrs" tastefully inscribed across the rear in...
Why gluten-free may not be the healthy choice you think it is
Avoiding gluten may be the health fad of the moment, but there's nothing healthy about many of the products labelled 'gluten-free'. When my daughter was diagnosed with...
The hardest part of moving overseas is the reverse culture shock of coming home
"You're so brave" was the most common response when we announced that we would be moving overseas to the Netherlands. Within 12 months the plan had grown from an idea over the...
Parenting lessons I learned from raising kids overseas
The Dutch are tough. Go-home-a-few-hours-after-giving-birth tough. Tylenol is the favored form of pain relief, whether you have the flu or have just had a C-section. Think your...
How bitter experience makes us the best advocates for change
Through her tragic personal experience Rosie Batty reframed the national conversation on domestic violence. Photo: Thom Rigney He's a self proclaimed "crocodile farming, raging...
Happy vs. high achieving: What ought to be our parenting objective?
Happiness was the last thing on my mind when the Netherlands welcomed me with a cocktail of jet lag and neck pain. The jet lag subsided, but my neck still hasn't forgiven me for...
Are they the world's most relaxed moms? What we can all learn from the Dutch.
Studies have found that Dutch children are the happiest kids in the world, and that their mothers are pretty happy too. After seven years of living among them, I think there's a...
Parenting as an expat: The Dutch taught me how to loosen up and give my kids some much-needed...
Parenting as an expat in the Netherlands means surrounding your own children with some of the most confident, self-possessed and happy children in the world. On good days, I...
I'm Raising My 3 Kids Overseas and It's Not Always Easy
It was a straightforward plan: Take our three and one year-old to live in Europe, stay for a year, maybe two, and then return in time for the eldest to start school.
Helping children to say goodbye
"Are you getting a divorce? Did someone die?" My 10-year-old daughter looks at me with a panic that alerts her younger sisters to the seriousness of the family talk we're about...
Where to Travel | Roaming Round Russia
Forget escaping to white beaches, or skiing down black runs in the French Alps, a mid-winter escape calls for vodka and semi automatic weapons. At least that was my thinking as...
How German Christmas Markets Are Actually Pretty Jewish
I've lived in Europe for the past seven years and not a winter has passed without us bundling our three kids into the car, throwing in a pile of jackets, hats, scarves, and...
Why Dutch Children Are The Happiest In The World (And What We Can Learn From Them)
Dutch children are regularly found to be the happiest in the world, according to those who measure these things. And as an expat raising children in the Netherlands, it's easy...
I Had a Dutch-Style Home Birth and Here's Why It Was Awesome
When I had my first baby I wasn't taking any chances. I wasn't only delivering her in hospital, under the care of my very experienced (and good looking) OB/GYN, but the hospital...
Winning at Life: Five Ways the Dutch Do It Better
The Dutch are a contented lot, but it's not tulip fields and clogs that are keeping them happy. Over in the Netherlands they've worked out the ways to make life for themselves...
Why Dutch Children Are the Happiest in the World (And What We Can Learn From It)
Dutch children are regularly found to be the happiest in the world, according to those who measure these things. And as an expat raising children in the Netherlands it's easy to...
Get Packing Amsterdam
Travelling alone after kids
EK Family Travel The joys of solo travel ... Photo: Getty The first time I travelled by myself overseas there wasn't a Contiki tour, cheap beer or youth hostel in sight. There...
What I've learnt from (nearly) a decade of parenting
For a few moments, around the time my eldest daughter was halfway through her first year, I felt like I was on top of my parenting game. I had a six month old who ate well,...
13 signs the toddler years are behind you
Kids Development Goodbye to the toddler years. Photo: Getty For the first few years of parenting the milestones are so clear and momentous. First foods to first steps are all...
Helping children transition to a new home overseas
EK Family Travel Moving nerves ... relocating overseas can be a hard transition for children. Photo: Getty When we packed up our lives to move overseas my husband and I used to...
The upsides of dyslexia
Education for Older Kids Confidence boost: Focus on what students with dyslexia can do, not only on what they can't. Photo: Getty The signs may all be there: A child who avoids...
Meet the Ambassador: Neil Mules AO (Australia)
Mihal Greener meets the Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands Nestled on Tobias Asserlaan amongst other embassies, the Residence of the Australian Ambassador almost appears...
EUROPE: An insider's guide to life in the Netherlands | Mamamia
When I met my now husband I couldn't get him to travel outside of Australia. It took four long years before we set off on our first overseas adventure together but somewhere in...
WHAT I TELL MY GIRLS ABOUT MARRIAGE -
I was born with the luxury of being heterosexual. I never had to come out to my parents, fearful of whether they would ever look at me again with the same eyes. I didn't have to...
The muff march
Hot wax, tweezers, excruciating pain and that's all before the expense and insidious itch of regrowth. What is it about Brazilian waxes and why are we doing it to ourselves? The...
I travel with kids. I travel the world in fact. Here's how.. | Mamamia
I love traveling, I have a few kids and I've been taking them along on holidays for the past five years. Baby number three has so far clocked up 11 flights in 15 months.
A German Christmas ... | Mamamia
The reasons to visit Europe in December make for a short list: No queuing at museums and the possibility of a white Christmas. But an absolute highlight not to miss are the...

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