When you move to another country, you shouldn’t be surprised if certain norms and values are just a little different than you were used to.
Angie (37): “I live in Belgrade, Serbia. I am Dutch, my husband is Serbian. This regularly creates challenging situations. The concept of sugar free is completely unknown here. We have regular visitors. Visitors usually bring bags full of sweets for my daughter Ana Milena (3).
“Three surprise eggs, two bags of chips and a bag of wine gums as a present are very normal here”
Three surprise eggs, two bags of chips and a bag of wine gums as a present are very normal here. I get a mini heart attack every time I see those quantities and it’s exciting every time how I can get myself out of that situation without offending anyone.
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My daughter gets a lot more sugar than I would like, but since I chose to live here myself, I also have to let it go a bit. I learned here that rules, bedtimes and nutrition are very culturally dependent and that what we do is not necessarily the best or only way. They may give children too much sugar here, but they are also incredibly warm, gentle and loving with children here.”
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