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Ready, steady, patchwork – Esmeralda from PatchByEsme

Seamstress extraordinaire Esmeralda Daal tells us how she turned her patchwork hobby into a side business, and why she loves it so much!

The scientist with a paintbrush – meet Jaroslav

Slovak dad Jaroslav Albert tells us how he's swapping his lab coat for a set of paintbrushes to bring works of art to children's walls and ceilings.

Birth or adoption allowance and child benefit: just one click away!

Belgium is often known for its bureaucracy, but actually, some things are really simple: like ensuring that you receive the family allowance payments you are entitled to – Written in collaboration with Infino

Planning your first family trip

Travel advisor and owner of Life's Travel Moments, Marina Kiriazis shares top tips for planning a successful family trip in the summer edition of the BCT's Small Talk magazine.

BIRTH AND BREASTFEEDING

Home for the holidays – Marcus’ December homebirth

As soon as Brussels-based American mum Emily Gold found out she was pregnant for the first time, she knew she wanted to give birth at home. Emily shares the story of Marcus' birth.

“The most beautiful thing I ever did” – a homebirth story

With the hope of inspiring other expectant parents, mum Emma shares the story of the homebirth of her second child, where she was supported by midwife team Zwanger in Brussel.

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