San-Maré Raubenheimer and her husband Gideon have been living in Sweden since 2012. They are the proud parents of two beautiful girls, Anje 3 and Sofia 1.
San-maré is an artist by trade, but has been a stay-at-home mom since Anje was born. Let’s meet the the Raubenheimers!
It’s hard to pick one specific thing, because there are so many reasons we love living here. But for me, I love living in a city where I discover and learn new things every day; where I am inspired by the people and their way of life, their architecture, design and by nature.
Sweden has amazing parental benefits, which South Africa unfortunately lacks. For instance, each parent receives 240 days paid parental leave. This makes it possible for a child to be at home with a parent for nearly the first year and a half of his or her life. After that they usually start going to a daycare center. Since Sweden is a worldleader in gender, men and women often both have careers. They then also share their parental duties. It is not uncommon to see a father on paternity leave for six months taking his baby for a stroll or to the park.
Also, in Sweden, any service that involves human labour is extremely expensive. Therefore, hiring nannies or babysitters are reserved only for extremely special occasions. So as a parent, taking some “me-time” is a luxury. The result is that families spend a lot of time together; going on outings and socialising as a family.
Swedish weather definitely also influences the way in which children are raised. Here children will play outside, even if it rains lightly or even when it’s snowing.
We often take the kids to a playpark. Malmö has several amazing outdoor and indoor parks for kids. We also love going for walks, visiting friends or taking a drive on a weekend to explore other parts of Sweden. During summer we go to the beach or have a picnic as we try to spend every possible moment outside in the sun.
Favourite place in Malmö to eat with your kids:
Via Napoli, an Italian restaurant that used to be a few meters from our previous apartment.
I shop for basics at H&M and Lindex and for special items at KappAhl. I love buying toys at local flea markets as one can find beautiful vintage toys at good prices.
Leo’s Lekland, which a very popular indoor playpark in Malmö. There is also a great outdoor playpark in Staffanstorp, which we visit when the weather allows it.
Any good museums:
Tekniska Museet (the technical museum) in Malmö is great for kids with various acvtivities and play areas.