As with most bureaucracy in France, just when you think you have it all under your hat, it changes! But some improvements on the CAF website are really helpful.
Family Life in France
Welcome to our comprehensive guide to Family Life in France.
Here you will find all the information you need to enrich your life in France. Please scroll down to View all our articles on Living in France if you can't find what you're looking for in this section.
Babies in France
An in depth look at having your baby in France
Information to help with your families welfare
LATEST ARTICLES ON FAMILY LIFE
One of the many reasons given for moving to France is the beautiful countryside and abundant wildlife. Long-term Limousin resident Kathleen shares some tips on living peacefully alongside wildlife in France.
So what do you do when you find an owl in the bathroom?……….
At the start of the 2015 school year France introduced new ‘civics lessons’ in primary and secondary classrooms aimed at defending the values of la Republique.
After living all over the world, Our French Oasis blogger Susan Hays settled in Charente-Maritime, where she lives with her husband and their five children…
This is our eleventh summer living in France and no two summers have been the same. Our first summer living here was a challenge as we were still finding our feet: living in France was still new to us, and…
Suzy Duncan moved to the Ariège with her husband and two daughters during 2012. She’s since set up her own business, Pilates in the Pyrénées, in Saint-Girons…
Many families don’t realise that they may be entitled to CAF benefits in France. Even for fluent French speakers the system can be difficult to understand and stressful.
It is known that being bilingual is a stimulant for children’s brains. A new study finds that the benefits can last a lifetime, far beyond the evident linguistic advantage.
Go anywhere in France in August and it’s hard to miss; the entire country is en fête. Blue, white and red bunting draped above the roads, geraniums bursting with colour on windowsills, posters on every lamp post heralding upcoming…
Psychologist Elaine Douglas looks at the issues of re-locating, from what to do before you leave to the issues of living in a new country, in particular the impact on relationships and family.
In 2007, the Hill family from Kent moved to Calvados in Normandy where they now run an eco-gite business. Here, wife and mother of two, Rosie Hill, shares their story with FrenchEntree – complete with faux pas and pigs.
There’s something magical in the air in France each September – a renaissance after the August shut-down, a new beginning after long holidays on the coast and slow summer days at rural retreats. In the blink of an eye, life in France changes.
Elizabeth Whiteman lives in Bury, a small village in the Oise department, close to the town of Mouy, between Chantilly and Beauvais. She is a mother of three and a keen gardener, who also likes to paint her produce.
French culture is very family-orientated and so it is not surprising that moving to France has an increasing appeal to families with young children. But how to adopt a French lifestyle and maintain the necessary income to sustain it is a common challenge for those contemplating a move.
France has an excellent child-care system in which the state funds 80% of the care. From the age of 2½ months to 3 years a child can be placed in a crèche. Here we look at the child care options in France…
The death of a relative or friend can be a traumatic experience and it is important to understand the procedure and options in France.
Having a baby is an important time for any family, and as an expat, you will need to know how the maternity system works in France. Here is our guide from pregnancy to birth and post-natal care.
Well you have made the big move to Limousin, just starting to feel settled and then you find out you are expecting a baby. No one would be surprised if your first reaction is “I want to go home.” Don’t panic help is at hand..
Maurice Fourches was born in 1930 in Tulle Corrèze. Monsieur Fourches carried out his higher education at the Faculty of Science at Clemont Ferrand. Maurice’s military service was spent …
If you are about to have a baby or just had one and wish to breastfeed, it can be helpful and reassuring to have breastfeeding support in English, especially when living in a new country. The Leche League has been helping mothers in France for more than 20 years. If you live in South West France, you may contact one of the English-speaking Leaders living in France.
So, you wake up one morning and find yourself in another country and your parents think it will be ‘fun’. And you think that it will not perhaps be quite as easy as that…
If you have young children (from 2 months old) who do not go to school yet (under 2 or 3 depending on the school) and you need to carry on working or have a few days off during the week, here are the child-care options in the Tarn & Aveyron.
Image not found.Sport is something the French take very seriously. It’s not only the taking part and the strong competitive spirit, but also the whole ethos of what you’re going to wear. The ‘sporty’ Frenchman chooses his wardrobe for every sport…
With all the fuss over school dinners in the UK, and headlines such as “Not fit for a dog” in the national papers, we asked Graham Downie how school meals compared …
My daughter, Lily, was born on 29 September at the Clinique des Emailleurs in Limoges. I was not resident in France at the start of my pregnancy and for three full months straddled the two health systems of England and France. As a result, I now have a fair insight into some of the differences between the two systems and can provide some (hopefully useful) information to those who find themselves embarking on having a baby in France….
Free Nursery places in the Limousin as in much of France are over subscribed. As a result priority is given to children who are 3 years of age or over. …
Thinking of welcoming a new pet into your family? Perhaps, now that you’re living the country life, you feel that if you had a dog it would give you the excuse to go for those long walks you promised yourself you’d be taking, or perhaps you’re thinking a cat would see to the field mice.