About Olga Mecking
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 firstname.lastname@example.org! I really love receiving your emails and reply to each and every one of them!