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What happens child benefits if you and your partner separate or divorce?

Despite wanting to keep everything as steady as possible for your children, sometimes big changes occur, whether you like it or not. And separation is one of the common changes that many family go through. In this blog we explain how new family setups after separation can affect your child benefits.

A Different Start

Abbi Vyncke, volunteer organiser of the BCT's NICU Parents support group, shares the story of her own daughter's miraculous journey from NICU baby to fun-loving toddler in the BCT's quarterly Small Talk magazine.

Pssst, kids in Brussels, this one’s for you!

Every child in Belgium is entitled to a monthly child allowance payment. But did you know that you can choose the child allowance fund that best aligns with your family's values? – Guest post in collaboration with Infino

Meet Kate from Simply Hypnobirth

Through Simply Hypnobirth, 'Brit-now-Belgian' Kate Ellwood empowers women to birth their baby with calm confidence. She shares her story of moving to Belgium with a 3-month old baby in 2006, and of finding her passion supporting expectant parents.

New baby? Let Growing Miracles support your family!

Having a new baby is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. Early years specialist Roxanne Davies tells us how she supports parents and their babies through Growing Miracles.

A forest of family trees: Infino plants a tree for every newborn in the family

The Infino family allowance fund has partnered with Wallonian forestry co-management project Nassonia to fund the planting of 13,000 trees – the number of children born in 2021 who are affiliated 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.

The doula difference – A mum’s story

Ever wondered what difference a doula could really make to your pregnancy and birth experience? US mum of 5 (!!) Meredith tells us how doulas have been her "welcomed anchor" in times of immense change.

Child benefits in Brussels – your questions answered!

New to Belgium, and your family will be living in Brussels? Or maybe you're moving from elsewhere in Belgium? Then here are the basics of what you need to know about child benefits in Brussels. – GUEST POST IN COLLABORATION WITH INFINO

Do you have a first aid kit at home? Life First blog

First aid instructor Kate Ellwood gives some advice on the 'must-haves', 'nice-to-haves', and 'why nots' to keep in your family first aid kit.

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

Why we should think of family photos as heirlooms – with Ana Ionita

In this beautiful and heartfelt article, Rhode-Saint-Genèse based photographer Ana Ionita explains the value printed photos, and why we should consider baby and family photos as heirlooms.

Little Humane Books subscription – our review

To give our family reading efforts a boost, we tried out Little Humane Books, a monthly book subscription run by Belgium-based Canadian mum Christina Laloire-Reinards that aims to foster a love of reading and sow seeds of compassion. Here's what we thought.

London calling

Antwerp-born mum-of-two, Freya Van Onckelen tells us about raising her French-Belgian girls in London.

Mind full? How mindfulness can make parenting easier

Mindfulness teacher Jessica Evsen of Two Wings explains how mindfulness can have a positive impact on our family’s health, happiness, and well-being.

Facing the lion: Understanding and managing stress response while parenting

Yoga therapist Emily Gold gives some practical advice on dealing with 'fight or flight' stress responses when dealing with everyday stresses.

Grandma’s got mail! – Review of family journal Neveo

Despite living in an age when we can easily and cheaply video call with loved ones on the other side of the world, most...

What does the research say about doula care?

Discover some of the impacts that doula support has on birth outcomes and satisfaction with the overall birth experience, as well as what it is that makes it so effective.

Doula guide: Part 3 – When and how can a doula help me on my journey?

We hope you're enjoying our series of articles about having a doula in Belgium. So far, we have published:- Part 1: What is a...

Facing lockdown as a family – St. John’s school counselors give their advice

In these unusual times, many of us will be experiencing a whole rollercoaster of emotions. For children, especially, situations such as these can be...

Doula guide: Part 2 – What kind of qualifications do doulas typically have?

Take a look at other articles in this series:- Part 1: What is a doula?- Part 2: What kind of qualifications do doulas typically...

Doula guide: Part 1 – What is a doula?

Take a look at other articles in this series:- Part 1: What is a doula?- Part 2: What kind of qualifications do doulas typically...

Interdependence not isolation! – Life First blog

With COVID-19 now impacting our everyday lives in a very real way, first aid instructor Kate Ellwood from Life First shares some tips for minimising panic, promoting interdependence and beating the isolation.

Who you gonna call? – Emergency numbers in Belgium

Are you confident you'd know what to do in the event of an emergency? And would your kids? Here, first aid instructor Kate Ellwood from Life First walks us through all we need to know!

Crowd Cooks? Yes please! – Review

At village HQ we sometimes joke that the first thing we'd do if we won the lottery, would be to hire a chef. It's...

Boys in the kitchen: The only brownie recipe you’ll ever need

Based on a mix of all the best brownie recipes we've ever tried, this version comes out great every time: a hint of crispness...

Wings to discover the world – Culture Kids in Overijse

Pascale Croonenberghs, educator, entrepreneur and mother of two wonderful girls gives us an insight into the heart of Culture Kids, which opened its doors in 2018.

Accidents happen – strangulation: Life First blog

In this cross-post from the Life First blog, first aid instructor Kate Ellwood highlights some of the possible risks, and gives advice on how to keep your babies and young children out of danger.

Fertility support course: connecting mind & body – with Emily Gold

New York-native, Brussels-based yoga therapist Emily Gold tells us more about the fertility support course she runs.

Life through a lens – Ana Ionita Photography

Ana Ionita from Ana Ionita Photography tell us what being a newborn, maternity, baby and family photographer means to her.

Product review – Polisport Bilby Junior infant bike seat and helmet

SPONSORED POST - Brussels-based mum of two Kerrana McAvoy won a Polisport Bilby Junior infant bike seat and Polisport XXS Baby bike helmet back...

Inked at 40

Village elder, Siobhán McGonigle shares her story of getting inked for the first time at 40.

Back across the pond

American mum Becca, whose two children were born here in Brussels, shares some reflections about life in and after Belgium.

Keeping fit during pregnancy

The superwoman behind SuperMums Belgium, Beatriz Romo, shares with us some 'DOs and DON'Ts' about fitness during pregnancy.

From Brussels to Dubai

Violaine Carnoy tells us about her family's move from grey Belgium to the sunny Middle-East.