Many mums choose to work part-time after having children but anything but full-time employment is difficult to come by in Italy. Many women then opt to start their own businesses, so they can not only be in control of their hours but hopefully also their destiny! We are currently developing this section but if you are mum in Italy who is running their own business we would love to hear your story
Jill has written The diary of a single parent abroad available to download on Amazon kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/diary-single-parent-abroad-ebook/dp/B00871I0XS
She also manages holiday properties and runs a farm
Based in Trento, German native Urte works with children starting from in the womb and on, having invented "Chiacchiere in Musica", a rich dialogue without words based on the innate potential of music. Urte has 3 children, one of them with celiac disease.
With her husband Steve, Linda co-runs The Beehive Hotel & Cafe, a stylish, budget, eco-conscious hotel/hostel. Its a unique cross between a budget hotel and an upscale hostel. Everything about The Beehive reflects their own personal values - they are conscious about the environment, passionate about social issues, and genuinely want to be helpful and hospitable. The cafe is organic and vegetarian. Over the years The Beehive has evolved along with Linda and Steve and they have many repeat guests.
Via Marghera, 8, Rome
+39 06 4470 4553
Based in Florence, Mary is a singer/songwriter and does a lot of recordings for commercial jingles, documentaries, dance music, jazz and also performs at conventions, private parties and for lots of foreign weddings. Mary and her husband also own two cafés in the centre of Florence.
Ania runs Bimnily.com, a new online boutique for children and families in Italy.
Ania is originally from Stockholm, Sweden, with a Spanish father and Swedish mother. She has previously lived for a few years in Greece before moving to Milan. She now lives in Modena. She has previously worked in both fashion and the consular world, and this is her first time as a business owner and runner.
Amy runs Piccola Impronta which sells eco-friendly, natural and organic products for infants.
The website is in both English and Italian.
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Kerry has written a book Italy: A survival guide and also writes a blog about life in rural Umbria. Over the years she has also worked as a translator, English teacher and Wedding organizer.
Elena is a photographer specialising in contemporary fine art portraits of children, newborns and expecting mums. Originally from Germany, Elena now lives in Rome with her two kids and works with families all over Italy. She loves creating memories for her clients, bringing out real smiles and true emotions in her photo sessions and you wont hear the word "cheese" very often (unless its on a toothpick and served with wine ;-)) Elena speaks fluent English, German and Italian
After her daughter was born Kiersten created The Milk Bar, concept and online stores for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Currently there are 3 stores - in Rome, Torino and Milan where regular meetings of La Leche League are held as well as it being a meeting place for pregnant women or new mums looking for a place to relax and share information.
Stella Cadente has been helping families since 2006 in finding the most suited assistance in child and home care. They are a recruiting agency and select only candidates that can supply excellent references from previous employers and they check them directly with individual interviews. They find nannies, baby-sitters, baby-nurses, house-maids that match every family needs. Candidates are all presented with detiled résumées that include an individual video presentation.
Consulting and training services are also offered for specific areas such as breast feeding, sleep issues, behaviour issues, biological house-cleaning, foreign language speaking.
Staff speak fluent English and they operate in several cities with the same approach and quality: Milan, Rome, Tourin, Florence, Bologna, Parma, Pisa, Lucca, Livorno, Piacenza, Venice and Vicenza.
Helen co-runs Alsagra, a child-friendly environment in Umbria where little (and bigger) ones can be given the freedom to explore and a safe place in which to do it. Both young and older children are welcome and will find things to do. Apartments are located in a restored farmhouse with stunning views that can easily accommodate family and holiday needs. The children friendly holiday accommodation is set in three acres of rolling terraces and woodland, with an olive grove all around and plenty of space for children to run around and explore. There are exciting things to play with and endless ways to create imaginative outdoor worlds. And we havent forgotten the grown-ups.
Kathy and Amy are two friends, two moms and two Canadians who run The Milk Bar Milano, a store studio and meeting place devoted to pregnancy, motherhood and growing families. After settling in Italy to raise their families, both Kathy and Amy wanted to create a place where expecting women and new mothers can easily find and connect with a maternal community, access support and classes for pregnancy and growing families – and, of course – find high quality products and fashions to flatter changing figures.
Their welcoming and colourful boutique-style store specializes fashionable maternity and nursing wear as well as international products and accessories that are hard to find in Italy. In a large luminous space below the store, they host a wide variety of pre and post natal courses such a prenatal yoga, Mommy & Me yoga, birth preparation courses as well as English, music and dance and rhythm courses for babies and toddlers. Moms are always invited to stop by The Milk Bar even to simply change a diaper to find a quiet space to nurse baby in the center of Milano.
Via Conca del Naviglio, 5 , 20123 Milano
+39 02 5810 8973
Based in Jaen with her 3 sons, Rachel is a writer for Andalucia for Holidays, Andalucia Explorer as well as her own Casa El Reguelo website. Her newer projects are Accommodation in Spain and Only Spain a Special Spanish hotels.
www.casa-rural-el-reguelo.com (holiday property)
Mum-of-three Isabel runs Villa Pian Di Cascina - well-equipped and comfortable apartments in rural Umbria with hotel-like services such as the onsite trattoria, daily fresh baked breakfast goods deliveries and delicious home-made ready meals. The apartments come highly recommended by Tots to Tavel, Baby Friendly Boltholes and Alistair Sawdays as a perfect holiday destination for families with young children.
After the birth of her daughter Valerie wanted to get into a new adventure and she decided to create a small line of childrens clothing. Her aspiration was to design comfortable, trendy and affordable cothes... exactly the opposite of what you could find in Rome at the time!
Given the success encountered by her first collection, after a few months Valerie officially launched my own brand, Boa Kids and her living room turned into a showroom..
Today her collections are designed for children from 0 to 10 years and are made by hand, in small batches, with excellent fabrics selected by Valerie with a French touch! On top of that, Boa now dresses women too!
After some years teaching English as a foreign language and then the birth of her daughter, Lyn created Lullababy. Lullababy is an English nursery rhyme, song and playgroup located in Turin for mothers/caregivers and their children aged 0 – 3 years. The group is open to all, from those who are native English speakers to anyone who wants to be surrounded by the English language in the most natural way possible. Music plays a hugely important role in a child’s development in the first years of life and evidence has now shown that singing to your child on a regular basis can be one of the most important activities that you can do.
mobile: + 39 346.678.74.35
My business is based on aloe vera and bee products, under the umbrella company Forever Living. We have a range of products from skincare, weight management, nutrition, sports and even animal care. It was heaven-sent for me; the right opportunity, at the right time. I love the challenge and combination of building my now global business, coaching my fabulous team, recommending products that provide real benefits and also being a Mum at home, totally involved in my childrens lives.
Rita Kobrak runs Mum and Baby Experience in Caprese Michelangelo. Mum and Baby Experience is a complete holiday for mums with their baby or toddler where mum can enjoy some relaxing time doing yoga and cooking lessons while she knows that her children are safely looked after
0044 (0) 7785 571292
Lavinia is an organiser for Usbourne books. She is also trying to build a team of other organisers spread around Italy and is ready to help start up in any way possible. If someone is interested please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or through facebook page laviniasenglishbooks
Emilia and Aidan are a husband and wife, Mother and Father team who own Family Nation; an online boutique dedicated to serving International families from their base in Florence. After working for 10 years with the United Nations, encountering a host of diverse backgrounds and nationalities, they decided to create something that would encapsulate the cultural kaleidoscope they had been a part of. As new parents, they were inspired by each family’s personal experience and ideas on how to manage the delicate phase of dealing with a new baby. Their exposure to the best brands and products from around the world worked to fuel this unique idea. As the idea grew, they found that it was crucial for them to also be responsible parents, wanted to ensure their children could inherit a better world; so they decided to seek out brands that were as eco-friendly as possible.
Their e-boutique is bright, welcoming and easy to navigate, with stock constantly being added and updated. With everything from Maternity fashion, to newborn clothes, feeding supplies to bedroom furniture; Family Nation is your one-stop hub for all your parenting needs.
+39 055 490 667
Jennifer McIlvaine, a professional chef since 1998 by way of Philadelphia and Seattle, Jennifer is now a private chef and leader of active Food & Wine tours in the heart of Umbria. She works closely with the local, artisan producers she has met over the years and keeps her ears open at the markets, always ready to learn a new traditional recipe from an Italian Nonna to share with you! For more information on Jennifers services: bicycle tours, picnic lunches, cooking classes, winery tours, farm tours and more - all from an eno-gastronomical point of view - take a look at her website.
Tel: (+39) 336 634092