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Work Life Balance: Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First!

Expat women have a crazy amount of balls juggling in the air. It’s not a bad thing, really. My schedule is crazy and every time I keep it balanced, I give myself a huge pat on the back. But, trivia time: What happens when you worry about getting the oxygen mask on someone else before yourself?
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How to Talk to Your Kids About the Importance of Money

Talking to kids about money doesn't need to be uncomfortable. Financial coach Yulin Lee offers practical advice to best prepare them for the future.
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Learn French in 15 Minutes a Day with Frantastique

Want to improve your French through fun, personalized lessons in just 15 minutes a day? Frantastique can help you fit French language and culture lessons into your busy schedule by delivering customized courses straight to your inbox or smartphone.

Can I Afford to Retire Comfortably in France or Anywhere Abroad?

Finance expert Justine Trueman offers tips to help you figure out where and when you can afford to retire without losing your quality of life.
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Everything You Need to Know to Register for Races in France

I ran my first French race less than two weeks after moving to Paris. I didn’t speak a word of French and I didn’t know any fellow runners, but I knew that participating in a local race would help me feel at home in this new city.
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Are You Overpaying Your Rent in Paris?

You’re home hunting for a rental and your scam alert is on. I don’t blame you. Paris rents are high enough so who wants extra trouble or expenses? Here's some expert advice on who to trust and what to look out for to help you make sensible decisions!
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French Insults: What are they, how bad can they get and how to react?

Ever been insulted on the streets of Paris? These tips from a former police officer can help keep French insults from ruining your day.
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Tips for a Transcontinental Year-Long House Swap (What?)

Moving, like most anyone knows, is a complicated matter. Especially when there isn’t a big corporate entity helping you out. When you swap your home with someone else for an entire year it becomes even more complicated. For anyone considering a year-long, transcontinental house swap with your family, and largely without outside support, then this is the post for you!
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6 Steps to Wean Your Children (and You) from Digital Toys after the Summer

Over summer your family probably spent more time connected than they usually spend during the school year. But there is no reason to panic or to feel guilty. You can transition back to school and back to work in a painless manner with a digital detox!
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Best Police Tips to Prevent Burglaries

In 2014, 378,776 burglaries were reported in France alone. Luckily, security experts know a few secrets that can help limit your risk of burglaries, starting with these tips.