Welcome to expatparent.ch

Hi, my name is Michelle Walz and I am the founder of expatparent.   I offer services to parents, parents-to-be, and new arrivals to Switzerland.  I also lead workshops for perinatal professionals.  From Consultations, to Workshops & Groups, to Online Support, the options are diverse.  I also write blogs that cover topics relevant to expatriate parents (as the page name suggests!).  Take a look through my pages, below at the blogs, or use the search to browse through old topics.

Know-it-All Passport 2015-2016

KIAP_TOCThe new edition of the Know-it-All passport, a handbook to English-Speaking Geneva, Vaud and Neighbouring France, has finally hit the shelves.  Now in its 9th iteration, the KIAP has been around now for over a decade (I personally have four copies from my 6 year stay in Switzerland, the 66h, 7th, 8th and now 9th editions) and provides chapter-by-chapter recommendations for new arrivals and veteran residents.

This year, chapters include (see image insert):

  • Your Home
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Leisure
  • Education, Courses and Work
  • Family
  • Shopping
  • Information

So why not buy a copy to put right next to your computer or in the car?

Instead of Googling or facebooking your question, just pick up the book and check the Table of Contents or the 15 page Index!  You might just find a recommendation from a fellow expatriate or from a Swiss citizen, without having to type out your question and wait for a reply.

La Rentrée | Back to School

rentree_scolaireToday is the first day back to school for children in the Canton de Vaud and the Canton de Genève.   Kids alone or kids accompanied by their parents or daycare providers are back on the roads and sidewalks en route to school.  Schools across the two cantons have slightly different start times, lunchtimes and finish times, so expect to see kids on the roads anytime between 7:45-8:35 in the mornings, between 11:15-12:30 at lunch, again between 12:45-13:45 and then finally between 14:30-16:00 (plus or minus 15 minutes!).

The new rhythm of walking to school will take a few weeks to set in, so pay extra attention to your driving and to the crossing patrols and we’ll have a safe La Rentrée.




23-24 August – Last Weekend before La Rentree 1

On Monday, public schools across Vaud open their doors to our children.  Whether your kids are starting new or know all about school, there are feelings of joy, trepidation, and exhaustion ahead.  So what can we do with our kids this last weekend before school starts?

  • Samedi des Momes
  • Brocante de Nyon
  • Fete des Pirates
  • Vide Grenier de Rolle
  • Courses Hippiques in Divonne
  • Cinema Open Air Nyon (two kids movies Sat & Sun nights)
  • Festival Luna Classics in Nyon
  • Regata in Rolle
  • Feerie d’une Nuit, Signal de Bougy
  • Tour du Canton de Geneve
  • Manu Gelato Italiano – Grand Opening Free Gelato in Eaux Vives (GE)