Moms not from the US...

Kelsey - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 79 moms have responded )

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Im from the US an d I know this is a very general question, but just wanted to know what you like/dont like about raising a child or just living in your country... Feel free to share anything you want that you think is interesting about where you live.

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Iridescent - posted on 01/28/2010

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It's really interesting to see this! I really hate how the US is the only developed country in the world without a medical system. I hate it even more now that we are thousands of dollars in debt because of it, and my daughter costs ~$30,000/month just to keep alive when she's healthy. There's no way the great majority of people can afford it! Sorry to go on about something different.

Marnie - posted on 02/18/2010

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Wow some very interesting responses, I was surprised to see so many Americans complaining about there country once upon a time it would have been the opposite! Well I am a Canadian living in Namibia (Southern Africa). MY husband is from South Africa so this is where we have settled. I read all the responses and negetivity and just think I wish you new how lucky you were. I love where I live, we have beautiful weather year round some amazing scenery and luckily a comfortable lifestyle. We do not however have free healthcare...or good paid healthcare for that matter, we do not get any benifits from government...we live in a country where your children are not safe to walk down the street by themselves or ride their bikes anywhere. The crime rate is ridiculous and we have burgler bars on ALL windows not to mention alarms and any other security system you can imagine. As for education...well lets not even go there, do you know a passing mark here is 30%???



I've also lived in the UK and as I said I am originally Canadian...I'd have to say the ideal country would be Canada with Namibia's weather so I guess maybe the closest thing is Australia??? I think you should all think of yourselfs as pretty lucky to be living in countries that offer you as much as yours do. Try to look at the positives who knows maybe you will see your country through new eyes x

?? - posted on 02/02/2010

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I'd like to be able to attach it to the US as well, but, I can't lol I see it here everyday as much as you would see it there everyday too. It sucks!!



I've travelled a fair bit inside my country. I've been from western to eastern Canada, lived in about a dozen different towns / cities in Canada of different sizes and backgrounds from Vancouver to Montreal. I've been to the US, Australia and China.



All of those things you mentioned from hollywood to government they were all present issues and topics with people I met, talked to and just saw for myself in every place I went.



Its universal. And you're right - as long as you do what you have to ensure your children are raised with the morals and standards that you deem appropriate and acceptable to your own beliefs and ideas, you should have children you will be proud to call your own :D

Belinda - posted on 01/31/2010

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Im a mum in the south of Western Australia...and I love it! i couldnt imagine raising a family anywhere else.
The healthcare of the US totally puts me off!!

I have 4 kids, two of whom have special needs, my eldest has severe development delay (possible autism) and my youngest has cystic fibrosis. We have a lot of travelling and medication for our youngest and I would hate to think how much oit would cost us in the US.
The hospital where his specialists are is world renowned for being one of the top CF specialists and researchers. The US recently gave them a HUGE grant to do their research for them! We get travel money, free healthcare, and subsadised medication.

Where we are, the weather is iffy...rain rain rain a lot of the time! lol...but I dont cope well in high temps (and neither does bubby due to his condition!)
But the beaches are beautiful, and the people are (usually) lovely!

The only thing I dislike about Australia is I think out laws are a little too lenient and inconsistant in terms of sentencing!

Tracy - posted on 01/30/2010

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Faith, can i just say if all ur doc is doing is weighing ur daughter, i say find a new doc because the doc that i had for my children diffentally did more then that, ask questions as well other wise how are they to know u need information... im not having a go at u just trying to be helpful,

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Jodie - posted on 02/18/2010

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i live in England, medway towns to be precise!! I hate it!!! It's nice that we get free health care but because the government do not fund it well ther are huge waiting list for everything! I appreciate the fact that if you are a lone parent or out of work we are helped with funding! But all the schools around our area are being closed and not leaving much of an option for the children to get a good education which is upsetting me, my children are young and attend a very good school but when they reach an age to go to secondary school there are only a few and most are awful! To send them somewhere good will cost money that i don't have! Oh and our weather is awful which leaves little for the kids to do! I've lived in medway all my life but would love to move to canada or somewhere to try and give my kids something more than i had! We've been outpriced on houses so unless you earn a fortune you can't buy or even rent a house easily! We live in a 2 bed house (one room has been split into 2) so we are pretty sqaushed in (ihave 3 kids) but the rents are so high we cant get a bigger house and can nowhere near afford to buy one!! I hate that my kids will probably end up struggling just like i have :( anyway rant over lol

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I'm from England and I love the long summer days and the British sense of humor. I also like the free healthcare, the fashoin, the buildings and the history.

I live in America now and there's so much to see and do. We're buying our first house and I love the fact that you get so much land for your money. I also love the way they distribute the tax refund to working families. There's no way the UK government would just give you the money in one lump sum and let you spend it however you like. A one income family gets thousands of dollers back and it's made so much difference to our family.

Milena - posted on 02/18/2010

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@ JO!
Hiya Jo I am delighted that you like my name it is a Czech name and is pronounced similar to milenium. When translated into English it means darling, sweetheart but also lover. It is the derivative of the male name Milan. I was named after my dad. ))))

Patricia - posted on 02/03/2010

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Born and Bred New Zealand born and proud of it!! The free under 5yrs health care is really great, the area health boards that help keep the cost of going to the doctor down except for after hrs and the state hosp are free.

For the others in NZ I live in Whangarei

Charlie - posted on 02/03/2010

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Australia ROCKS !! wouldn't live anywhere else , what can i say pristine beaches , relaxed easy going people its just the best place in the world .

Moshira - posted on 02/03/2010

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I live in South Africa, Johannesburg. I love the weather and the fact that my kids have the freedom to do and be what they want. It's very busy having 5 boys but I think that i would be really bored if not for them. I'm also studying.

Kelsey - posted on 02/02/2010

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I understand Jo. You are right. :) I have attached these issues to the US, when many of these issues are almost everywhere. I just wish it wasnt as severe as it is here. I dont want to raise my kids in this culture and government. They deserve better. I just cant help but think that those other countries are much cleaner of these issues than the US, but I dont KNOW anything about that, which is why I wanted to hear all your stories on living elsewhere. When it comes down to it though, if I raise my kids right, and stay here in smalltown MN, everything should be fine.

?? - posted on 02/02/2010

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The unfortunate thing, Kelsey, regarding " the obsession with materialistic things, image, celebrities, the very prevelant "gangster" culture " You will find those things everywhere you go - only you're able to control your own life and your own priorities. Those things are EVERYWHERE... Australia, Germany and Canada included.



There will always be aspects of EVERY government that you hate, and will never trust - no matter where you are. Health care and education, there are pros and cons from every place you live.



I love living in Canada -- not solely because what we have is better than anywhere else --but because I make my life here what I want it to be as much as I possibly can.



All of those things you listed - we have those issues right where I live -- I set my own priorities though. I'm not a materialistic person. I don't follow hollywood or the celebrity crap that is hip and happening. Our government leaders in BC have a long list of being completely discredited, everything from drinking and driving to being involved in meth ops. I don't trust the government in Canada.



My point is that it really doesn't matter where you live - you're going to have to make it what you want of it on different levels in different aspects of life. You just have to be willing to make the changes and choices that work for you :)

Kelsey - posted on 02/02/2010

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To respond to all the argument about negative opinions on the US... I understand things could be much worse, and Im luck to have the freedom I have, but I would much rather live another place such as Austrailia, Germany, or Canada. I hate the culture that I am forced to live in, the obsession with materialistic things, image, celebrities, the very prevelant "gangster" culture. I hate alot of things about our government, I dont trust it at all. I hate too many things politically to list. I hate our healthcare system, and those of you who get care for free, and dont know why people complain, you just need to educate yourself further. Our education system isnt what it needs to be either. I wish I could move, but Im kinda stuck. My family is here, my fiance wouldnt move away in a million years, and not all countries let any jack-ass move there. Anyways, thats just my 2 cents on that.

Jenn - posted on 01/31/2010

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@ Rebecca Thorne - the money you receive from the CCTB is based solely on your income, not the fact that he is military. So if you are only getting $53 a month, then your earned income should be plenty to live on (approx. $75,000/year).

Anyway, I am also in Canada and love having free health care!

?? - posted on 01/31/2010

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Milena, I just wanna say, I absolutely LOVE your name. My sisters name is Melina and she's my baby girl - if we had a baby girl we were going to use your name, Milena as her middle name. You are the first person I have ever seen with that spelling before ♥

Milena - posted on 01/31/2010

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I used to live in the States for 10 years and am originally from Austria where I live now with my family. When I got pregnant with my baby girl in the States we decided to move back to Austria. I loved living in the States but I knew that Austria would be a better place for my family. First and foremost I could not pass up the 3 year long paid maternity leave and the chance of being at home with my baby plus the great medical system that Austria has in place. Better education as far a s General Education than it is offered In the States. Kids here after leaving high school have the equivalent education of an Associate Degree in the States.

I know it sounds like I am bashing the US but no that is not my intention at all there are a lot of things that I miss from living there and that I would like my daughter to experience as well. I would not trade my life for anything.

Jess - posted on 01/31/2010

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Hi I live in Brisbane, Australia. I have spent half my life in the Uk (Parents are British but I was born here in Oz). I moved back from the Uk last year to have my son (doing a 24hr flight at 33wks pregnant, not fun!!). I love living in Oz! The Uk was great although the weather can get you down at times. I did however love how cheap it was to travel and that everything was so close where here in australia to go overseas is very expensive and the flights can be very long!!

Hi Faith Odat, just wondering where abouts in bris you are as I can recommend a brilliant doctor. I have seen several doctors and I totally understand what you say about them not willing to give up info. The doctor I now see is wonderful and is fanastic with my son who is 8months. She answers all my questions and I always leave the drs feeling happy and very satisfied that my son is recieving the best possible treatment.

Tracy - posted on 01/30/2010

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hey Faith i'm from sydney but have just moved to Toowoomba so i do under stand here they don't take new ppl so that does make it hard, maybe in sydney i was just lucky... lol....

Jennifer - posted on 01/30/2010

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i live in a suburb of Buffalo Ny i love it here i get free health care and so does my daughter i dont kno wut everyone is sayin that living in the states is bad, yeah politics suck big time but we have freedom many countries dont have. I think we should be proud that we can get the necessities and bring our children up with the thingfs they need, im sry but look at Haiti, i kno we are helping thenm our but honestly would anyone thats bashing America want to live there and live in proverty. No i dont think so. I live in NY one of the highest education systems in the country and i dont see my self moving somewhere eldse where my daughter would get a lesser education than me. i have my regents degree which only ny and CA have as i kno of.

Faith - posted on 01/30/2010

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Thanks Tracy and no worries. I really didn't have lots of questions as I am the oldest child and my mom and sister both are in child care and I have a niece and nephews which I have been present for the births of and also around to help out with them. I just thought it odd that the Doctors here have never volunteered info it's like they are too busy. It's just struck me as odd and left me wondering how new mom's get info. This has happened now with 3 doctors. So I just kind of thought that's how the doctors are here, we just moved from Toowoomba to Brisbane and I am finding it still the same. No need to worry though believe if I do have a question I will badger until I get a satisfactory answer.

Faith - posted on 01/30/2010

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I have been living in Australia (Brisbane) for the past 5 years, and will be for about 2-3 more years. I am from Ohio I love Australia as well as the weather is almost always very nice...sometimes a bit too hot. Lots of beaches, and beautiful parks with awesome playground equipment...some of the playground equipment I have never seen before.

I also love the diversity of Australia and the laid back very relaxed atmosphere.

The health care is also wonderful... I do however wish that doctors would volunteer a bit more info. While in the US Nadia's doctor was a pediatrician and every visit there he filled us with pamphlets and advice and asked us question about her developments, eating, sleeping, even about her car seat. Here the doctors have only weighed her, measured her and given her her needles and sent us on our way with no offer of information at all. We hadn't even known about the child health nurses in the pharmacies until we joined a group at the library...thankfully they are much more helpful!

What I do miss and wish my daughter could experience is Halloween and winter!!!! She will have the chance to do that this year though as I am planning a trip home the end of October so she can trick-or-treat with her cousins and spend Christmas there too.

Katherine - posted on 01/30/2010

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Wow "Melinda" , what you 'heard' about the US MUST be true. Guns EVERYWHERE, all over the place yep. And we are all morbidly obese. What an OBTUSE thing to say!!

Helen - posted on 01/30/2010

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i love it here in the UK - i am on the ile of wight in the south.

we have great FREE health care and a very good education system. i am in a very sleepy sea side town with very little crime (we never have to lock our doors)

lots of things for children to do and a good community spirit

Maria - posted on 01/30/2010

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I am from Ireland..And I love where I live, the weather is not so good, But I love that I am raising my children here..Life here is good for us I wouldnt change a thing(Well maybe more sunshine).

Jenny - posted on 01/30/2010

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I live in Kelowna, BC Canada and love it. We have a climate similar to Northern California, warm summers and genrally mild winters. You can ski and golf in the same day sometimes. It's 15 minutes in any direction from right downtown to get to the bush for camping, dirtbiking or letting the dogs have a good run. We also have a large, beautiful lake to play in.



The heath care is fantastic as well as our other social benefits which the other Candians have covered. Our people are overall very laid back and helpful.



Best place on earth in my biased opinion.

Pamela - posted on 01/30/2010

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I'm from Germany and I really like that we have a good (compared to others) healthcare system. I also like that when you have a baby you can stay at home for up to three years and then you get your job back. You even get 67 % of your pre-child income during the first year (nothing for the second and third year though).
Everything in Germany is close. It takes just 1 hour (by plane) from south to north.
I can do all my shopping by foot.
Kids can walk to school, to friends houses... That way they are more independent.
My friends and family live here, that's a plus. Most people I went to school with still live in the same area.
What I don't like compared to the US (where I spent a year) is that people are not as friendly to strangers, not as helpful and social to their community.
And a lot of people are really negative. They rant about the health care system, the school system, just about anything and don't really appreciate that we have it good here, better then in most other countries.

Sharon - posted on 01/30/2010

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I love my guns! I keep one under my bed for pothead tools who think they might steal from me to fuel their drug issues all the while abusing and neglecting their kids.



So - guns are definitely the upside of the USA.



Having enough food to get fat - definitely a plus. Being wealthy enough to sit on my azz and let it grow for fun - HUGE!!! plus (yes pun intended) Sadly genetics don't allow me to show my wealth that way.



Healthcare - is as good as you can pay for. Which has its plusses and minuses - I'll admit that.



I can also own any pet I want. Turtles, frogs, birds of any kind (I have them too!) My government doesn't tell me what I can and can't keep as a pet... how nice of them!



It also wasn't founded by convicts... BAWAHAHAHAHA

Melinda - posted on 01/30/2010

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lol Tabitha you are so right about the US I've heard so much bad things about it. Guns everywhere everyone being overweight all the take away stores haha. And the health care system I heard is terrible

Sharon - posted on 01/29/2010

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Honestly?



Sometimes America really disgusts me too. All these damn pothead running around being idiotic. WTH is up with that? America will be great once we put them and their little pothead rebellion DOWN. Frankly. Potheads ought to be put on a chain gang working the roadside.

Sara - posted on 01/29/2010

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Uh, I guess another one to add to Tabitha's list is apparently our dismal education system here in the US since apparently some people never learned how to spell. Tabitha, if you don't like it, you can always move. There's things I'm not proud of as an American, but it tends to be more about the ignorance of my fellow Americans than America itself. Thanks for proving me right yet again.

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Born 'n Bred in New Zealand and wouldn't change it for the world!! I couldn't imagine living in a country with a healthcare system like America's.
Best things about NZ are summer Christmas's and beaches are never too far away (I've lived all over NZ and never had to travel more than an hour to get to a beach!!!).

Krista - posted on 01/29/2010

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PEI IS really pretty -- we visited there a lot as a kid, and have done so again recently, as we're only about an hour's drive to the fixed link

Charlene - posted on 01/29/2010

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Wow Tabitha... Why are you only focusing on the negative? There are plenty of great things about America and there are plenty of worse places to live. And what's wrong with a 'black president'?

Maybe you should be grateful that you don't live in a country that doesn't allow women any rights.



Annnyway.. I live in Canada and of course I love it! Free healthcare, I'm able to take a year off to be with my daughter, beautiful scenery. It's just great. :)

I'm in Calgary right now, but I was born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI and I miss it terribly.

Calgary is an alright city. The hospital where I had my daughter was pretty awesome and it's so easy to find a family doctor here. Plus the public transportation isn't half bad either. Oh and chinooks in the winter that bring the temp up from -40 to +10 don't hurt either. ;)



But it's just not PEI. Besides all of my family being on PEI, there's just so much to love about it. There's an endless abundance of great beaches, beautiful countryside, friendly people, beautiful summers and not too shabby winters.

Everything is a short drive and there is always something to do.. well in the summer at least. It's a tourist hotspot so you get to meet lots of friendly people from Europe, America, Australia... pretty much from all over the world.

I can't wait to move back! :)

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Wow... just wow... Tabitha.

You're only 21... you've only really lived in the technology age hahahahahaha

I don't know too many wake n bakers that give a rats ass about politics so I find it hard to believe that you have any real opinion on "a balck president" over a "female" or where that debt you're complaining about came from... especially when you finish up by saying you think the military is the best there is and that you love the freedom.................

Puff Puff Puff ........... Give it up already.

PS: Please stop typing in all caps, it's really annoying.

Krista - posted on 01/29/2010

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Tabitha, that's not cool. There's a lot to like about your country. And calling it the worst country there is? Hardly. There are countries out there where you would be arrested and put to death for stating the criticisms that you have -- THOSE are the worst countries. Not that America doesn't have its problems -- all countries do. But focusing only on the negative isn't at all productive. You want to make your country better? You can start by phoning your rep and senator and telling them to pass the healthcare bill. No it's not perfect, but at least it's a start and can always be amended down the road. But if this bill fails, you'll never see another health care bill introduced in your lifetime, because it'll be considered a career-killer for politicians.

Besides, I'm intrigued that you put "female" in quotes. Is there something about Hilary Clinton that you know and aren't telling us? LOL!

Tabitha - posted on 01/29/2010

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America is TRULY the worst country their is. I COULD LIST PAGES AND PAGES OF PROBLEMS FROM "FASHION" TO "SEXUALITY" "DEBT" TO "A BALCK PRESIDENT" OVER A "FEMALE" IM SICKENED AT WHAT OUR COUNTRY HAS DONE TO US, CAUSING US TO BECOME TRILLIONS IN DEBT. BUSH AND OBAMA ARE THE DISGRACES OF OUR COUNTRY. ITS SAD IN WHICH WHAT AMERICA HAS TURNED OUT TO BE. I WISH IT COULD BE LIKE IT WAS BEFORE THE TECHNOLOGY ERA HIT. MAYBE WE SHOULD GO TO OMISH DAYS AND FEND FOR OURSELF LOL.....NO REALLY THOUGH YOU OTHER COUNTRIES ARE BLESSED BEYOND ALL MEANS TO HAVE INSURANCE BENEFITS. I RECENTLY HAD TO GET ALL MY WISDOM TEETH REMOVED HAD NO CHOICE CAUSE MY INSURANCE CUTS ALL BENEFITS TO ADULTS 21 AND OVER THANKS TO OBAMA. YIIPY KIYAY HUH! EITHER WAY I WOULD HAVE HAD TO PAY 500 EACH TOOTH TO BE REMOVED. IN ORDER TO GET HE INSURANCE I GOT FOR THE LITTLE TIME I GOT IT OUR COUNTRY WENT INTO DEBT 350 MILLION ALONE, JUST ON MEDICAL COSTS OF FIXING THINGS AND TRYING TO MAKE OTHERS "FUCK UPS" BETTER. THOUGH WE HAVE ON OF THE BEST MILITARY AND MUCH OTHER GREAT THINGS 1 BEING FULL FREEDOM ID TRULY HAVE TO SAY ID RATHER MOVE IF I COULD BUT HOPES AND DREAMS CAN ONLY GO SO FAR BEFORE I HIT REALITY IM STUCK IN THIS HELL HOLE TILL I DIE... :) THANK GOD THAT HAPPENS ONE DAY CAUSE LIVING IN USA FOR A ETERNITY WOULD BE SLOW DEATH IN ITS OWN.

Diana - posted on 01/29/2010

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I really just about hate raisin my child in Virginia, USA. Te reasons? to many to write here and it would offend many of you so I am keeping it to myself.

Rebecca - posted on 01/28/2010

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i live in tennessee. and i love raising my child here. we live in a small town, so there isn't alot of polution, it's in the mountains, so there's tremendous landscape. and ample amount of opportunities to succeed being that my town is home to four colleges. FOUR. most places don't even have ONE nearby. so as long as my husband and i never have to sell our house.... i never have to worry about my baby moving away from me for educational opportunities unless you know, she gets accepted into harvard. then i think i can cope.

Johnny - posted on 01/28/2010

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I am also a Canadian, born and raised in beautiful Vancouver on the West Coast. Home of the 2010 Olympics, groan (if your city every wants to host the olympics, don't do it!). But I love where I live. Like other Canadians have mentioned, the healthcare, the maternity leave, and other social programs are great. I do wish that we had free post-secondary education and better rail transport though.

Vancouver has a pretty good climate, even though it is January I go out for walks in a light sweater and spring jacket. And the summers are just gorgeous on the beach. Like many other parts of Canada and Australia, Vancouver is also a very diverse and multi-cultural city, which makes it vibrant and full of awesome food. I'm so happy to be raising my daughter here where she will get to experience living with people from so many different cultures and religions.

I lived in just outside London for 2 years when I was 12/13 and loved it. The healthcare system there was also great (in my experience) and I loved my school. It was so different than Vancouver, but the people were very warm and friendly. And it was so great being able to take a weekend trip to another country and experience so many different cultures so close by. That is one thing about living in such a huge country, you've got to go a long way to get anywhere good.

Tracy - posted on 01/28/2010

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I'm from Australia and love it however one day it would be great to live in another country just to experience it... We get such great benifits here in Australia, we have a baby bonus so when bub is born we get give approx $5000 AU, then we also get a parenting payment which is wourked out by our income, we also get Childcare discounts and rebated and single mothers get a little bit more... My husband is in the Army so i get even more help with housing and things like that, the health care system i think is great it does need work in some areas but at least if we go into hospital it doesn't cost anything, which is great... the education system i think needs the most work done on it, we have a different system for each state which will make it hard for families like mind who move from state to state for the defence force and things like that....and well the landscape here is amazing, the beaches, the bush, the outback, are just beautiful....

Nikki - posted on 01/28/2010

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WOW Laura we are like neighbours lol Im at avenue and eg, lived at avenue and lawrence most of my life moved in between here and there about 11 times, it's hard to leave. But at the same time we want a house with a BIG backyard and well unless we win the lotto that's not going to happen in this area lol

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Hi! Christopher was born in South Africa and we recently relocated to New Zealand. We decided to move to give Chris the best chance at an education we could and after a lot of research decided on NZ. There was a definite decline in child care and education in SA and it got very expensive for us when we ended up trying to give him the best chance at a good education, that didn’t work out anyway. We are very happy here and the child care and education is leaps and bounds ahead of what our son received in SA. NZ teachers ended up doing more for Chris in two and a half month’s than 4 kindergartens, 5 teachers, 2 speech therapists and a child psychologist could accomplish over almost 6 years in SA. Chris now loves school, is settled in class and his learning improved tremendously! Chris now even pressures me to let him go to school on his own (I’m not ready to do that though) were as in SA he was clinging to me like if it’s the end of the world when I dropped him off. Slowly but surely those tears every morning in the car is what broke me.



It was the best move we could ever make!

Julie - posted on 01/28/2010

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I'm a Canadian living in Australia with my Aussie hubby and baby girl. I have to say I feel lucky, I feel like I've lived in two of the greatest countries on Earth (not that I'm biased or anything, right? :P). Both countries have great natural beauty, fantastic health care and other great benefits for families. At the moment I kinda wish I were back home, mainly because of the family and friends I wish could introduce my daughter to. I'd also love my little girl to grow up building snow forts and playing hockey! But I could always go to the snow fields in VIC/NSW for that... The mat leave benefits are better in Canada at the moment, though that might be changing soon enough, and there's the baby bonus here in Oz. Then again, I still freak about the redbacks in our shed and the odd Hunstman spider that wanders into our house.. :S

Our own experiences can colour our impressions of a place and its people, certainly that's happened with me (I much prefer Melbourne to Sydney and Adelaide, for example), and I think you might be doing the same, Rebecca, with your impressions of Quebec/French Canada. Not all French Canadians dislike Harper, not all Anglo Canadians like him -otherwise we wouldn't have a minority government. Not all Quebecers are francophone, nor are all francophone Quebecers separatists, or rude. I'm sorry you've had negative experiences with some of your in-laws' attitudes (I can relate, believe me), but I hope you won't take certain individuals' views and behaviours as the majority view.

Isobel - posted on 01/28/2010

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Hey Krista...I was born in St John, New Brunswick!

And Nikki...I am in North Toronto (Yonge and Lawrence) soon to be moving to midtown (Yonge and Eglinton) soooo...not too far :D

Rebecca - posted on 01/28/2010

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My grand parents had a lot on the beach. It's beautiful there! I miss it so much:(
I am in Oromcoto currently, but i was born in Fredericton so i'm not too far from home:) We hope to get posted to Ontario or Quebec within the next 2 years... and yes only to Quebec for the benefits of having a child lol

Natalie - posted on 01/28/2010

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I'm from germany i personally wanna move back there once my husband is retired from the military.

I really like it here in the states but i don't like the health system and the school and how you have to have a car to get around.

In germany you can take the bus anywhere or even walk or ride your bike. Also the relationship between me and my family is stronger over there since everyone lives so close together.

Now, we live in Texas and have no family here. Most are up North in different states but also some on the East and West coast. It's hard to see eachother often if you live so far apart.

Rebecca - posted on 01/28/2010

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Me too Jo. Montreal is beautiful and old Quebec is also. I too went on 15 weeks sick leave to mat to parental...i waited 7 months to be approved becuase for 7 months out of 12 i owned a business and you can't get EI when you own...you can now however,but las t year you couldn't and i kept asking where all the money went the last 10 years of me working. I was working since i was 14 and took EI once before and that was for my first child and i didn't take any parental,my husband did and i went back to work. I was livid that i couldn't get anything and fought and fought adn then in the mail comes cheques upon cheques...it wa slike winning a lottery, but one you pay in to for 10 years lol. And yes French are rude. My husbands family don't like me becuase i don't speak their language...get over yourself, it's a language!lol

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I went from sick leave, to mat leave to parental leave and that started July 2008 and just ended on Nov 09... It doesn't get any better than that lol (and before any of you government assistant haters jump on my back - I paid into EI for 10 years before I used it so :P @ you!)

I loved Montreal ! :D I lived there for 2 years when I was 18-20. I miss downtown, I miss old Montreal, I miss the sexy charming men (and women!), I don't miss the old rude french people though :-S

I love B.C though and am glad to be back here!

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Also not to attack the french canadians but Mat Leave is federal so it doesnt matter what province your in. It has a federal base (through the same part of gov't as EI premiums) and then it is up to the employer to expand on it, not the provincial government. Any company in Canada can have excellent benefits for that, my company has up to 1 yr off with pay for mother OR father depending how long you have worked here. Otherwise in Canada you only get 15 weeks of paid mat leave. Its just a nice way of saying EI payments :) check here... http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ei/ty...

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