Parenting support

Parenting can be an emotional and physical rollercoaster, and figuring out what can make things easier for us is a very personal journey. Thankfully, there is a wide range of help, coaching, and dedicated support available for parents, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Family-friendly spaces

More and more family-friendly spaces are popping up all over Brussels and further afield, offering welcoming spaces where parents of babies and young children can enjoy a change of scenery, a chance to meet others, and often a range of activities and workshops.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, opening hours of these spaces may vary. Please check with the venue for more details.

  • Haricot Magique in Ixelles (website and Facebook page) was Brussels first real ‘café poussette’ (buggy café/baby café). The cozy space – currently located at See U in Ixelles (Rue Fritz Toussaint 8) – has been designed for families and includes parking for strollers, high chairs, adapted toilets, healthy food for the whole family.

    Haricot Magique also runs various workshops, including storytelling, music, crafts, babywearing and baby massage – check the Facebook page for details of events. It’s a non-profit initiative managed exclusively by a team of volunteers.

    Reservation for the café is recommended (contact details on their Facebook page) especially on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and at weekends. Registration is always required for workshops.
  • Familia in Etterbeek (website and Facebook page) is an international baby- and kid-friendly space designed to assist and encourage creativity, communication, education, well-being and collaboration within families and communities in Brussels.

    Various playgroups and activities are organised throughout the week, and the space can also be rented for birthday parties.

Coaching for parenting-related issues

  • Johanna Tilly, postpartum doula, school teacher and coach (see Johanna’s village profile and Facebook page), can help you with any parent-related challenge, from sleep issues (you or your kids), issues at crèche, école maternelle/ kleuterschool or at school, eating issues, bringing kids up bilingual, behavioural issues, divorce, exhaustion, stress at work and more.

    Drop Johanna an email at and she’ll tell you whether and how she might be able to help or she’ll recommend someone who can. 
  • Early childhood specialist Roxanne Davies of Growing Miracles (Website: or the Growing Miracles’ Facebook page) offers:

    • parent coaching sessions for parents who have concerns or questions about childhood or parenthood. The first coaching session consists of putting into words the difficulties/questions you are experiencing and what you would like to put in place to feel more fulfilled. In subsequent sessions, she proposes tools that will allow you to deal with the problems discussed. Sessions take place in your home.
    • ‘coffee and sharing’ group sessions where parents can have a drink and a nibble while discussing a specific theme such as children’s sleeping habits or tantrums. Parents can share their experiences, see things through a child’s perspective, and exchange ideas that can help them in certain situations. Sessions take place in various locations.

      Contact Roxanne via the Growing Miracles’ Facebook page, and follow her page for details of upcoming ‘coffee and sharing’ sessions.

Adapting to a new country

  • Life coach and doula Nathalie Berg offers support to parents arriving in Belgium. She can help you adapt in order to make the transition to your new life as successful as possible, providing advice and practical details to get your Belgian chapter off to a great start. Nathalie can also help with organising family outings and adventures in Belgium and Europe.

Career advice

If you’re taken extended time off to look after your children, it was be challenging to put yourself back on the job market. And perhaps you’ve even realised that you want to do something completely different.

Coach Johanna Tilly (see Johanna’s village profile and Facebook page) is an internationally experienced career coach, trained by the UK Ministry of Entrepreneurship. She used to be a recruitment consultant for a FTSE 250 company in Belgium and therefore knows the Belgian market, way of and requirements for hiring very well. Johanna offers individual coaching online or in-person and further gives CV, cover letter, Linkedin and interview skills workshops from time to time. Email her at for all info. 

Yoga for parents and families

Yoga teacher Johanna Tilly (see Johanna’s village profile and Facebook page) offers two yoga classes dedicated to helping parents:

  • Yoga for better sleep for the whole family – a 4-week-course, 40 minutes via Zoom OR in-person each week where Johanna covers yoga and breathing exercises that can help you sleep, and also uses guided meditations. This course is for all parents who want to improve their own or their children’s sleep. Three of the sessions are for parents only and the fourth is for parents with children from 2.5/3 years old to teenagers. 
  • Yoga for parents – An ongoing online class that you can join any time for a weekly 40-minute session via Zoom. Yoga, stretching, breathing, relaxation exercises to help parents (of any fitness level or experience with yoga) relax and have a moment of calm to themselves.
  • Family yoga in the comfort of your home – Johanna can come to your home at an agreed date and time to do yoga with your whole family, i.e. parents and kids together. You’ll learn poses together, complete challenges, relax together, laugh together, try out yoga games and massage each other. This can also be a combined class between multiple families.

    Contact Johanna at to find out more about classes she’s currently running.

Invaluable local facebook groups

Here are some of the local Facebook groups/pages you really should join/follow!

  • English-speaking mums in Brussels: This private group is a truly wonderful resource for all parents in Belgium. The majority of members are based in Brussels and the surrounding areas. This is a well-managed, supportive community where you can ask any family-related questions, and share you own experience. Closed group, but any parent in Belgium can request to join.
  • BCT Schools Support Network: This private group is dedicated to questions and shared experiences around schools in Belgium. Covers local and international schools. Open to everyone, upon request.
  • Brussels Area School Parents Support Page: This closed Facebook group is for families who have children in local schools both Flemish and/or French in the Brussels area. The goal of the group is to bring families together in each commune and in each school to share their knowledge and experience for past/present and future students.

Also particularly worth following are the Brussels’ Childbirth Trust and Antenatal and Baby public pages, which are themselves good resources for information. If you’re a member of the BCT or associated with Antenatal and Baby, then make sure to join their private groups (BCT group / Antenatal and Baby group), reserved exclusively for members.

Loss support groups

  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Belgium Facebook group: Waterloo-based mum Joanne Fraser has set up a support group, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Belgium – a closed Facebook group – for the loss of a pregnancy, stillbirth, infant death, conceiving or expecting after a loss.

    Email for further information or to be added to the Facebook group.

Mental health

If you or a family member is struggling with mental health, help is at hand! Take a look at our Mental health page for more on the resources and support available.