About Olga Mecking

About Olga Mecking

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Olga Mecking is a Polish woman living in the Netherlands with her German husband and three trilingual children. She is a blogger, writer and translator. The European Mama is a blog about  life abroad, raising children and travelling. She also is a regular contributor to  Multicultural Kid Blogs, where is is also a member of the board. Her writings have been published on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and TheHuffington Post. When not blogging or thinking about blogging, she can be found reading books, drinking tea or cooking. You can join her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

ABOUT OLGA MECKING

I am originally from Warsaw, Poland but have been living in the Netherlands for 6 years. Before that, I lived in Germany where I met my husband and my first daughter was born there. Our two little ones were born in the Netherlands. We speak Polish, German and Dutch on a daily basis and are very proud of our kids’ multilingual achievements. I speak Polish, German, English, Dutch and French and use these languages in my work as a translator, writer and blogger. I’m sure my knowledge of languages makes me a very flexible writer who is able to write in different styles- ranging from my very direct posts on BLUNTmoms and Scary Mommy to thoughtful, touching posts on Mamalode. I truly enjoy writing and sharing all the lessons I’ve learned in my life. 

My dream is to write a book about my family as well as having my own cookbook.

 ABOUT THE EUROPEAN MAMA

The European Mama was launched in July 2011 after a traumatic incident involving having the police called on me because my daughter had a temper tantrum in public. This is when I realized that I needed a platform to write down and share my stories.  My 29th birthday was getting closer and as a gift to myself, I set up a blog on Blogger and started writing. I was sure I am not the first woman who experienced a traumatic situation abroad and by sharing my story, I wanted to help others and myself at the same time.

I thought long and hard about the name and soon came up with the perfect one: The European Mama. Mama because I am a mother to three kids (now aged 6,4 and 2) and because “mama” ( as opposed to “mom” or “mum”) is what my children call me in all the languages they speak. I call myself European because that’s how I identify. I was raised in a very multilingual family: my father was raised in France and is a native speaker in French. My mom, on the other hand, grew up in the Netherlands (interestingly, the place where I live and raise my own children). I lived in Germany and speak German with a native-speaker fluency but later learned English, French and Dutch. My grandparents were diplomats and also lived abroad. My maternal grandmother was Ukrainian and my paternal grandfather was from Lviv, which used to be in Poland but is not in Ukraine. My two cousins still live in France and I speak French with them.

My husband is German and we raise our children to speak three languages: Polish, German and Dutch. They’re the fourth generation of children in my family who are raised outside of their parents’ birth country. 

When my blog first started, it was in three languages: Polish, German and English. But I soon realized that I wanted to reach a bigger audience and switched to English only. I wrote about living abroad and raising children to become multilingual. The blog was steadily growing and it was making me very happy. It soon became like a job to me and I decided that maybe I could make money with it. First, I started accepting sponsored posts. Then, I realized I could submit my writing to various websites and get paid for it. Since then, I was published on the Huffington Post, Babble, xoJane, Mamalode and Scary Mommy – see my portfolio to read these posts. I love writing about various topics and in different styles and I consider myself to be a very adaptable and flexible blogger. 

Also, I was included in multiple books about life abroad, parenting and cooking!

Now, my interest is switching from expat blogging to writing about the way parents in Europe raise their children. 

If you have suggestions, ideas or want to contact me, please email me at olga@europeanmama.com! I really love receiving your emails and reply to each and every one of them!

15 Comments

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  • Reply Tess Harris April 25, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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  • Reply Nicole Orriëns May 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Hi Olga,

    we would love to do an interview (via mail) about your life in the Netherlands for http://www.expatmam.com. On this site we publish stories about Dutch moms who live abroad.

    But we want to show the other side of the story too: moms who came from abroad an live in the Netherlands.

    If you’ld like to participate I can send you our questions.

    I hope you do.

    kind regards,
    Nicole Orriëns

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  • Reply katie streeter May 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Hello, you’re life looks fantastic and I’m very interested in getting you on board with our project!
    We are an online series of blogging mothers who create vlogs weekly and are the European version of The Mom View but catering to a European audience -so less fake and more funny.

    We would love to have you on board, blogging weekly . You would earn money from the project through advertisements -either through product placement or advertising in the side bars etc. And we’d be the platform and get you said sponsors.

    We have many women on board already -but they are usually based in Western Europe and NONE of them are doing what you’re doing!

    If you are interested please feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and see for yourself what we’re about.

    Kate

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  • Reply Joseph Vitalis September 8, 2015 at 4:43 am

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  • Reply TinyExpats September 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Hi! Found your blog on a recent thread on Grumpy Expat. Glad to find another interesting expat blog 🙂

    • Reply Olga Mecking September 27, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Welcome, thanks for visiting! Will check out your blog- love reading all about the expat life!

  • Reply Heinz Erwee November 13, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Hi Olga. My name is Heinz and I live is South Africa with my family.
    We are looking at imigrating to the Netherlands in the near future, but we would like to get an idea of how things are there, the costs of living, schooling etc. What would you suggest, I have no clue where to start!
    Kind regards.
    Heinz

  • Reply Silvia Righini February 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Dear Olga, my name is Silvia Righini and I work for ‘L’erba dei vicini’ (‘The grass is greener’) a show broadcasted on Italian National Channel Rai 3. I am working on a segment we would like to film in the Netherlands about childbirth at home. I am writing to you hoping you know someone who could help me: I am looking for midwives and for a mother who recently gave birth at home to interview on this kind of experience. Thank you very much in advance,
    best,
    Silvia

    • Reply Olga Mecking March 8, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Hi Silvia, I could put you in touch with an English-speaking midwife! Thanks for contacting me and good luck with your program!

  • Reply Mariam May 22, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Olga, I recently came across one of your articles on the WSJ Expat FB page and came over to check out your website! I can identify with so much of what you write on, especially raising multilingual children, since that’s one of our biggest parenting challenges too. I write and blog about our expat life and raising multicultural and multilingual kids too at http://www.andthenwemovedto.com. I am also married to a German, and currently raising our 2 kids in Dubai, UAE. Looking forward to reading more of your writing!

    • Reply Olga Mecking May 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Hello, Mariam, how lovely of you to get in touch. I’ll check out your blog- thanks!

  • Reply Veronique November 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Dear Olga,

    I found your website through a random search on something else and stumbled upon your witty blog on Dutch Doctors and how to make them listen.

    I frequently care for expats as a doctor in the emergency department of the Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. It is very funny and enlightening blog, lovely to get ‘the patients perspective’. And I agree that dutch doctors feel the healthiest option is often to trust in the natural healing capabilities of the body itself. Also if more people tried your ‘paracetamol and bread’ method first before consulting us, I should think our ED would be a lot less busy 😉

    I did stumble upon one sentence that I must strongly disagree with though. “Take this simple advice from our book “Dutched Up!” and, when explaining your illness, double the amount of time you’ve been sick, triple your symptoms and that equals help. I don’t care if you have to lie”

    Truly I am very surprised that this was printed in any book. And I would like to strongly advise anyone consulting any doctor to be truthful. If you change your symptoms and especially the timeline of your symptoms it can greatly affect the diagnostic process, the interpretation of the laboratory results and imaging. In other words: if you lie to us, we might get your diagnosis wrong!

    That is not what we went to medical school for. We do want to help you and we do want you to heal fully. Please have a little faith in that and a lot more faith in your own healing abilities and you should have no trouble at all!

    Kind regards,

    Veronique

    PS: Also in The Netherlands we have the lowest rate of bacterial resistance against antibiotics. In other words, because we only prescribe them when they are needed, they actually work much better! Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections, not for viruses and they often have side effects. They can also have negative long-term effects especially on the development of children. They should not be an objective in itself.

  • Reply Tomasz Skonieczka December 21, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Przeczytalem Pani artykul Dlaczego Polacy nienawidza Niemcow, wstyd i hanba, to ze Pani sie ozenila z Szwabem nie odpuszcza tego co oni wyrabiali u nas. Pani pisze tak jak by Polska niechec do Niemcow to byly jakies urojenia bez podstaw. Niech Pani wezmie Meza na wycieczke do Auschwitz, albo pokaze zdjecia z Powstania, niech sobie popatrzy co jego przodkowie robili w Polsce. Dziwne teraz nikt w calych Niemczech nie mial nikogo w SS albo NSDAP itp, tylko ciekawe kto na Polske napadl w 1939? Kto rostrzeliwywal Polskich jencow? Kto mordowal Ksiezy, Nauczycieli, Aptekarzy, Lekarzy itd aby wybic Polska Elite?

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