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Author: Renée Veldman-Tentori

Renée is one of our original Delft Mamas and was a board member when her first baby was born in 2007. After relocating to her native Australia for a few years, she has now settled long term back in the Netherlands. That first “baby” is now 9 years old, and has a sister who is 7.
Teaching part time at The Hague University, as well as following a part time Masters there, Renée loves to connect, share, create, learn and teach. Her expertise lies in the areas of social media, marketing and communications. She blogs for Delft MaMa each month.

International Blogs in the Netherlands

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that the Delft Mama community has a fabulous blog!  With a team of talented writers (even if I do say so myself – I’ve learned to be less modest and more direct in the Netherlands), we aim to provide regular interesting and informative articles.

However there are many other international blogs in the Netherlands that you may enjoy as well.  Some of our members have their own personal blogs and there are many other international blogs in the Netherlands, which I’ve followed for some time.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting most of the the authors in person, but even if you haven’t, what I love about blogs is that the style of writing often feels like you are sitting down with a friend over a cup of tea.  Here are a few of my favourites….and please add yours in a comment below!

Exploring Delft

Alice lives in my neighbourhood in Ypenburg.  Like me, we’re technically just “over the border” from Delft, but as you’ll see by visiting her blog, Delft has captured our heart.  Actually, I must do some research, I believe our part of Ypenburg used to be within the Delft city limits, and we still have 015- phone numbers.  Anyway….Alice is Dutch but writes in English and shares a lot of great information about shops, restaurants and special places in Delft.

European Mama

Olga is The European Mama and writes about parenting, travelling, cooking and living the European life.  She also guest posts on many other sites, including big names like Huffington Post.

Dutch Dutch Goose

Elizabeth is also an Ypenburg resident, originally from the US but living here while her husband pursues his PhD at TU Delft.  Their family has travelled widely and she shares it all with her readers.

Kristen in Clogland

Like me, Kristen is an Australian who married a Dutchie, and has now settled long-term in the Netherlands.  She lives in beautiful Maassluis, but is a regular visitor to Delft.  She’s quite new to blogging but has already shared lots of great stories and tips.

On Raising Bilingual Children

Originally from Canada, Eowyn is now based in The Hague and shares lots of very useful information and tips about raising children bilingually.

Finding Dutchland

Rina Mae has a talent for combining words and glorious images to give us a new perspective of this country which she’s adopted as her home, after moving here from the US.  She’s also co-author of a brand new book launching this month called The Happiest Kids in The World: Bringing up children the Dutch Way.

Invading Holland

Ex-Brit Stu has a delightful sense of humour and illustrates his insights.  And he has t-shirts to match!  The “Dutch Circle Party Survivor” has to be my favourite!

Dutched Up!

Ok, technically a book and not a blog, but brings together 36 women expat bloggers in the Netherlands to share experiences of their life here.  Each has their own blog you can visit, but this book is a great way to enjoy a variety of writing styles all in one place – and you’re bound to identify with at least one, if not many more of the stories!


Again a little different, this is a vlog (video log) rather than a blog… I love these beautifully produced short videos focussing on travel and food.

Stuff Dutch People Like

This blog has become wildly successful, with a Facebook page and corresponding books.  Created by Canadian Colleen Genske, it’s easy to see why – it’s an intelligent but also hilarious insight into life in the Netherlands.

Delft Mama Blogs

After writing the list above, I asked in the Delft MaMa Facebook group which of our members had a blog.  A couple double up with those above, but I’m still including them in this list to make clear they are part of the Delft MaMa community.  I’ve not yet had a chance to check them all out but it’s great to know there are so many bloggers in our midst and this list will be handy to come back to again and again.  Language in brackets if it’s not (only) in English.  I have also run out of time to add in descriptions but also thought it could be fun this way, you can click on one of these treasure trove and just see where you end up!

If you are also part of the Delft MaMa community and have a blog, or if you own one of these blogs and would like to share more about it, please comment below or in the Facebook group.

Other Parenting groups in The Netherlands 

There are several other blogs covering other locations in the Netherlands that are also well worth a look:

And probably other ones I’m missing, so if you know of one, add it in a comment below!

My own blogs 

I’m a blogging addict myself and actually have several, which I post to when I have time.  Over the years haves shared tips and experiences  you may find interesting.    On Dutch Australian, I write about my life between two countries.  Culture and Kids  is about – well – as the name says!  I particularly enjoy visiting museums with my daughters and then writing about the experience, and happy to have guest bloggers do the same!  Professional Parents began as part of my search for family work balance and Zestee is my own business blog, mostly about social media and elearning, but I’m also blogging about my Masters.   Kids English Club is one I started with my daughters – we haven’t had much time to work on this one yet but hope to in the future!

Your blog

Do you have your own blog?  If so, please share in a comment below so we can check it out!  And if not – why not start one today?!  You can sign up at www.wordpress.com in minutes, and there are also many other blogging platforms.  Or you may like to guest blog for Delft Mama or other blogs?

Any thoughts on blogging most welcome in a comment below.







Ten ways to entertain kids during the Delft winter

There is no avoiding it – winter is coming,  or already here depending on your point of view.  Though there is some debate as to the exact start date of winter, with many using 21 December as the “official” start, for this Dutch Australian living in Delft, it feels like winter as soon as the temperatures start to drop and the days get shorter…..from about October!

Despite the cold days with limited daylight, there are still plenty of ways to entertain kids during the Delft winter.  De Donkere Dagen van Delft (or Dark Days of Delft in English) is the name of a series of events held around the city from 13 December through until 15 January.  You can find the full listing of the Dutch language events here but here I’ll highlight a few family-friendly ideas not only from this website but also others from personal experience.

2016 Lichtjesavond Delft (Light evening – 13 December)

Experience the charm of the winter when Delft turns on the lights!  The evening of 13 December is a wonderful time to wander the streets of the city, and there is a special kids programme from 4pm at the Doelenplein and the Beestenmarkt. The Christmas tree on the Grote Markt willl be lit at 7pm.  Enjoy traditional winter delicacies such as cheese fondue, hot chocolate and glühwein.


LEF Restaurant and Bar

Every Sunday afternoon from 2-5pm from 6 November to 26 February, “Tante (Aunty) Paprika” entertains the children at LEF Restaurant and Bar  while parents can relax with a drink.  I haven’t tried this personally yet but it seems like a great idea!

Pathe Delft

Christmas holidays seems to always be a great time for family movie releases.  Two that are on my “must see” list are Sing and Moana (called Vaiana in the Netherlands).  Unfortunately for english-speakers, it’s often difficult to get screenings in the original english language at kid-friendly times (as parents of Dutch children seem to opt for the Dutch dubbed version) but perhaps we can campaign for our own screenings at Pathe Delft for MaMa?


DOK Delft (Library)

A lovely way to pass time in the winter is by curling up with a good book. DOK Delft , the central library, has plenty of books for all ages in several languages.  It’s also a nice place to just hang out on a cold day, check the website for opening times in the winter period.

Delft Museums

Why not take the kids to the Prinsenhof or Vermeer Centre for a dose of culture?   With an annual Museum Kaart you can also visit lots of other museums throughout the Netherlands, but check first, not all places accept this (Vermeer Centre doesn’t).

Ice Skating Rink Delft

After being based on the Beestenmarkt for many years, last year there was no ice rink, but it’s back for 2016-2017, bigger and better in a new location in the Schoemaker Plantage.  Open from 16 December 2016 to 16 January 2017, you can find out more information (in Delft) at the Winters Delft website.


Indoor Playcentres

There are now two indoor playcentres in Delft – Avontura and Kids Playground.  Though I’ve not yet personally visited the first, I’ve spent many hours at the latter with my girls.  Though usually busy and noisy, it’s a great way for kids to burn off some energy indoors.

Delftse Hout

Rug up and take a walk in the beautiful Delft Forrest.  It can be magical in the winter.  Take a snack and your camera.


Kids Disco at the Rietveld

Each school holidays, the Rietveld Theatre holds a “Dans & Grietje” kids disco, along with craft activities for a bit of a rest between songs!  There is also usually some kind of interactive workshop as well, in the past it’s been drumming or dancing.   For children from 4-11 years old, we’ve been many times now and always enjoy it.  This month it’s held on Thursday 28 December from 2pm.  Make sure you reserve tickets in advance as it usually books out.

Skate on the Canals and Sled in the Snow

I would like to add ice skating on canals and sledding in the snow – but it’s uncertain each year whether this will actually be possible.  We did get a few flakes in February 2016…

dsc_0013It’s been a few years since we could use our sled, but we still have it ready and waiting in the shed!


Do you have any more tips to add?  Or your own feedback on these activities?  Please comment below!




Five tips for raising global citizens

I know from my Facebook feed that there can sometimes be a sense of hopelessness and fear when the news shows us so much conflict and tragedy in the world.  However I feel we all have more power than we realise as parents, especially when we aim to consciously raise global citizens.  Follow that link to an interesting article from Wikipedia, which describes how more and more people are forming an identity with a “global community” above their identity as a citizen of a particular nation or place. This wonderful international community we have within Delft MaMa is full of living examples what it can be like to be a global citizen. Read more


Discover Delft’s History: Vermeer

One of the many advantages of living in this beautiful city is that you can take some time to really dive deep into discovering Delft’s fascinating history.  I love exploring culture with my children.

World-famous Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) lived a large part of his life in Delft.  “Almost all of his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women” quoted in Wikipedia.

Here are five ways to learn more about him and his beautiful works of art, along with some events you may like to visit. Read more