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There are many advantages to being married to a British man.  He has a cool accent.  He says funny things like, “Please pop the bonnet of the car” and “Do you want to go on holiday this summer?”  You always have a good excuse to visit London.  Real football only lasts 90 minutes, not four hours.


However, there are disadvantages of being an American married to a Brit.  When we first started to date, I naively assumed that English people were basically like Americans but with cooler accents.  After all, we all speak the same language (kind of).  Oh, not so.  We are so different.  We celebrate different holidays.  We have completely different social norms.  And our pop culture is miles apart. 


The pop culture issue has become very apparent as we prepare for this baby.  I want to nest and buy the baby all the books and games that defined our childhood experiences.  I realize that when people are born a few years apart, they often have different childhood pop culture associations, but the Husband and I were born days apart – on April 26 and May 8 of 1984, respectively.  He grew up in England and didn’t move to America until he was 16.  If we were both American or both English, we would’ve experienced all the same pop culture phenomena. 


However, the Husband has no idea what the following things are….


Goodnight Moon.  He’s never read it.  Has no warm and fuzzy associations with the book.  He also does not know Pat the Bunny, The Hungry Caterpillar, The Big Yellow School Bus, or The Bernstein Bears.




Full House.  He’s never seen an episode.  Ever.  I cannot imagine being a child of the 1980s and 1990s without Full House.   How rude!





I love you.

He does not understand the American fascination with Troll dolls.  Then again… neither do I.

troll wishnik


Granted, the Husband has all of these foreign-to-me British childhood memories of books and toys and television shows that I have never heard of and cannot appreciate it.  I press him for book titles of his childhood favorites, but he can’t remember any popular ones for very little kids (his earliest book memory is James and the Giant Peach, which is pretty advanced reading).  Any British readers out there have any recommendations?


One thing we have in common: Neither of us are French.  But we sure love French toast.


Especially Lazy Girl’s Cinnamon Bread French Toast.



What pop culture thing defined your childhood?  I was really into scrunch socks (multiple colors, please) and headbands, but I did not understand pogs at all.



  • Morgan June 1, 2012, 9:19 am

    Hilarious. This is something that my husband and I go through as well but for a very different reason. He didn’t have cable television as a child, so when I talk up Nickelodeon at it’s prime (Clarissa Explains It All, Are You Afraid of The Dark, Salute Your Shorts), he has no idea what I’m talking about or what he missed out on. Silly, I know, but I actually feel bad for him! It’s like he missed a major part of our childhood culture! haha

    • CaitlinHTP June 1, 2012, 9:20 am

      Camp Anawanna, we hold you in our hearts. And when we think about you, it makes me wanna fart!

      • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 1, 2012, 10:13 am

        Those were my favorite shows! I was SO scared of Are You Afraid of the Dark though!

        Crazy that the hubs didn’t see any Full House, I loved that show!

      • Angela June 1, 2012, 2:02 pm

        “It’s I hope we never part, now get it right or pay the price…”

    • Elisabeth June 1, 2012, 11:01 am

      Ahhhh! I loved all those old Nick shows! I also loved Full House (Never Missed!!) and Bernstein Bears (I still have my book collection at age 30 😉 ).

    • m June 1, 2012, 1:54 pm

      Ha! When we were picking out baby names, I mentioned that I kinda like “brad” for a girl and my husband was like “NO!! If we pick that, my entire family will think we named her after ‘Brad’ from Hey Dude because I had the biggest crush on her”… I was laughing so hard… evidently we both shared a love of those Nick shows!

  • Faith @ For the Health of It June 1, 2012, 9:27 am

    I was an older kid by the time they came out, but I’ll always remember Furbies. Those things were CREEPY!!!

    As far as TV, I was all about Doug, Recess..all of that awesomeness.

  • Ali June 1, 2012, 9:28 am

    Ask him about Busytown, Babar and Paddington Bear! Those are the ones my English grandparents bought for me.

    • Katie D. June 1, 2012, 11:30 am

      My Aunt lived over seas, so I had many Paddington and Babar books and dolls! My husband has no clue who they are though!

  • Kate June 1, 2012, 9:29 am

    Hi Caitlin – I’m a british reader. I am going to my nephew’s christening this weekend and have bought some books as a gift. I got Spot the Dog and Tales of Peter Rabbit. I remember the hungry catepillar – we did have that over here! Hope all goes well for the last few weeks of your pregnancy.

    • Freya June 1, 2012, 3:24 pm

      Spot the Dog! I used to love those books!
      And MR MEN! They’ve got to be global, right!? & Peter Rabbit is a classic 🙂
      Tv shows…Arthur, My Parents Are Aliens.

      This is pretty much my favourite ever post 🙂

  • Hillary June 1, 2012, 9:30 am

    POGS? Holy crap, I haven’t thought about those in at least sixteen years.

    Goodnight Moon was my favorite book when I was younger; my dad read it to me every night!

  • Caroline @ After Dinner Dance June 1, 2012, 9:30 am

    Full House and the Olsen twins definitely defined my childhood! Also, American Girl dolls!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 1, 2012, 9:33 am

    Oh wow! I remember all these things – Goodnight Moon, Full House (my all-time fave show!!), Bernstein Bears, Magic School Bus, and Trolls (which I never understood either!) I was raised in Alberta, and other things that defined my childhood were pogs, Family Matters, tamagotchis and nanos, those mini backpacks… I could go on forever! I moved to the Middle East when I was 13 though, and most of my friends were Brits. My dad is from Scotland so I do know about some of that pop culture…. wonder if baby HTP will have any Bob the Builder, Postman Pat, or Thomas the Tank Engine books? (I’m familiar with the British versions but I think all 3 exist with American voices too!)

    • Angela June 1, 2012, 9:43 am

      Ha I can’t imagine Postman Pat with an american accent. May have to youtube that!

  • Angela June 1, 2012, 9:36 am

    We had the Hungry Catapillar and Troll dolls in the UK but maybe they were more girly things. Books I remember are Spot the Dog and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (can you tell I liked dogs!). I also went through all the Roald Dahl books as well when I was older.

    Of the new books I read to friend’s children my favourite is Aliens Love Underpants.

  • Debbie June 1, 2012, 9:36 am

    My 21 year old son has always been a saver (hoarder?). We still have tons of Pogs somewhere because they are “going to be worth money someday”.

  • Valerie at The Year of Living Healthfully June 1, 2012, 9:37 am

    Beatrix Potter animals and books are darling and British and absolutely delightfully classic. It’s great to think about sharing your traditions with your new baby. Hope you are feeling well today.

  • Laura June 1, 2012, 9:39 am

    Hello I’m in England. I’m surprised he’s not heard of hungry caterpillar as that is really popular here still… I grew up with Button Moon, Pigeon Street, Beatrice Potter, The Worst Witch, Thomas the tank engine, hmmm… this is actually quite hard to remember. Will put my thinking cap on and come back to you with more if I remember. I do remember Clarissa Explains It All and Sweet Valley High though 😉

  • Kirstie June 1, 2012, 9:40 am

    Another Brit reader, and The Hungry Caterpillar was one of my all time favourites.
    The Secret Garden was another, but perhaps for older children!
    I agree with Angela, my nephew read Aliens Love Underpants endlessly….
    The Secret Seven and The Famous Five, along with any Enid Blyton books really.
    Oh, and 5 Minutes Peace was a family favourite. http://www.amazon.com/Five-Minutes-Peace-Jill-Murphy/dp/0399257071

    • Beki @ MissWheezy June 1, 2012, 9:43 am

      Just posted about the Jill Murphy books below! I loved the Large family stories too 🙂

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb June 1, 2012, 9:40 am

    i can forgive all of those — except FULL HOUSE! that show literally defined my childhood and adolescent years!

  • Beki @ MissWheezy June 1, 2012, 9:42 am

    I’m a British reader- some of my favourite books as a child were by Jill Murphy (On the Way Home, Whatever Next, Peace at Last, The Large Family), and The Gruffalo of course! Books with interaction are always great- Dear Zoo with lift-the-flaps which is great fun, and The Jolly Postman which has lots of little letters to read within the book.

    I hope you and your husband find some lovely stories to read to Baby HTP! 🙂

    • Brita June 1, 2012, 11:01 am

      That was my favorite book! My mother just found it in the attic, and sadly, most of the letters are gone. I vaguely remember hoarding them in my childhood bedroom 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 1, 2012, 9:42 am

    omg I LOVED full house growing up! I also loved I Love Lucy and the Brady Brunch, I watched them on Nick at Night! I remember being devastated when I Love Lucy was moved to 8:30, which was my bedtime!

  • Sana June 1, 2012, 9:45 am

    Your kid will be so cool 😉 I grew up without a TV and the bf lives in his tv… our kids will be confused about TV.

  • Johanna B June 1, 2012, 9:46 am

    I remember little golden books (they were like 25 cents). On TV there was Howdy Doody, Sky King, Fury, Roy Rogers and Captain Kangaroo. This was in the 50’s. I doubt any of your readers remember much, if any, of these things.

    • Katie D. June 1, 2012, 11:32 am

      I had Little Golden Books and was born in 1985! I don’t remember if they were “mine” or saved from my parent’s youth!

    • Sara June 1, 2012, 11:32 am

      They still make little Golden Books! Harder to find, but they’re out there!

  • Kathryn June 1, 2012, 9:48 am

    Well I’m English and my favourite childhood book was the hungry caterpillar and I loved trolls…I was obviously born in the wrong country!

    • CaitlinHTP June 1, 2012, 9:48 am

      Hahah maybe my husband was just TOTALLY out of it for pop culture stuff – or maybe some of this is a female v. male thing?

  • Leslie June 1, 2012, 9:48 am

    Your husband is British?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    • CaitlinHTP June 1, 2012, 9:49 am

      Yeah! He was born in Reading, which is outside London.

  • Tara June 1, 2012, 9:51 am

    I had to laugh when I read this post! I lived in London for a little over a year in my early twenties and thought that because we all spoke English it would be easy moving there. Nope, I still had a major bout of culture shock and learned that our English languages were actually more different than I ever thought! I am sure I innocently offended a few English folks my first few months there! I hope to go back someday with my family, since London is still one of my all-time favorite cities.

    As for books, even though I was born and raised in the States, I love Beatrice Potter. I still remember going to the library and checking out the little hardback edition of Peter Cottontail and her others stories. It’s one of the first book collections I bought for our son. Plus my Hubby’s named Peter, so he was raised on those stories too!

  • Sara June 1, 2012, 9:57 am

    I remember all the things you mentioned + Pogs. Interesting topic!

  • Megan@ The Running Doc June 1, 2012, 10:00 am

    I’ve always said the only way I could love my boyfriend more is if he had a British accent. 🙂 I think slap bracelets and beanie babies are the 2 things I remember most. Slap bracelets even got banned from my elementary school (then again, so did pogs)!

  • Lindsey June 1, 2012, 10:03 am

    My Little Pony! Loved that show, and Care Bears. Neon colors and New Kids on the Block when I was a bit older. And TGIF TV shows!

  • Anna June 1, 2012, 10:05 am

    Oh my gosh…so many awesome things like Troll dolls that I forgot about! I would definitely add Polly Pockets, beanie babies, scrunchies, and jelly shoes to the list. Along with shows and movies like Now and Then, Zenon Girl of the 21st Century, and Boy Meets World.

  • Willemijn @ Run Eat Travel June 1, 2012, 10:12 am

    Love to read this post as an European (Dutch). Often the Americans think all of Europe is the same, while every country has its own culture, tv shows, types of food, types of people.
    Even though we all eat with a knife and fork, doesn’t mean we got the same childhood! Exactly like this post!

    • Willemijn @ Run Eat Travel June 1, 2012, 10:13 am

      But have to say: I did have Trolls and did see Full House when I grew up in The Netherlands!

  • Earthy Nicole June 1, 2012, 10:21 am

    Well I definitely relate to American pop culture best. I had Care Bears, Cabbage Patch Dolls, and Trolls! I loved the TGIF line up, along with all the “good cartoons” on Nickelodeon 🙂 And I can think of a lot of books, including the ones you named, but also If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (there are more now!), Where the Wild Things Are, and all the Frog and Toad books!

  • Lindsay June 1, 2012, 10:21 am

    I have to agree with the whole difference in Pop Culture. My husband is Canadian and I’m American and on top of that we are nearly 5 years apart in age. I thought when I moved to Canada that it was going to be just like living in the US especially since I grew up only 30-60 minutes from the border (although that is the border of Quebec which is totally a different place than Maritime Canada where I moved).

    I actually experienced more culture shock moving to New Brunswick than I did when I moved to Spain – I think mostly because I prepared differently.

    Anyways point being that there is definitely a difference in Pop Culture terminology. I told my husband that our as long as we live in the US our child will be playing kickball not soccer-baseball and will be using colored pencils not pencil crayons to name a few things. One thing I was lucky enough to experience was Canadian TV such as Romper Room, Mr. Dress Up and Fred Penner because we had the CBC so we both grew up with the same TV shows.

    • Jen June 1, 2012, 12:53 pm

      Mr. Dress Up still stands out as my all time favourite childhood show…Canadian kids tv of the 80s rocked! And I have a Romper Room story for you. One of my brother’s friends was on one episode. He was asked not to come back because at the end of the show, when the host was calling out names through her magic mirror, he woudln’t stop yelling out his own name in the background. True story.

      • Lindsay June 1, 2012, 1:19 pm

        Bahahah- I used to just sit and wait and wait for them to say my name and I was so disappointed when they didn’t say it

  • Kattrina June 1, 2012, 10:24 am

    That is too funny! I spent my middle school years in England and grew up mostly overseas (my parents were military) so I am missing a lot of cultural references from childhood too. I do know Full House though! I can’t think of too many British books for kids though, just Roald Dahl and Peter Rabbit (is that British?).

    However, my husband is Honduran and moved here two years ago when we got married and is way out of the loop. He had no idea what a car seat was! He never owned a book in his life and never had any toys (except sticks and soccer balls) and never watched TV. He is clueless about everything baby, but he’s learning fast (we have three more months until baby arrives). He has already asked for an Ergo to carry the baby around and I convinced him that it was essential for me to register for a Bob stroller. 🙂 And when I read baby stories before bed, I think he secretly enjoys them as much as the baby does (or will one day when he is out of my belly). It has been fun showing him all of the baby stuff and not fun trying to convince him that WWE is not appropriate for children…

  • Astrid June 1, 2012, 10:27 am

    This is pretty funny! I am Dutch and was raised in The Netherlands, born in 1979. It is funny to see how I do know Full hous and the hungry carerpillar (rupsje nooitgenoeg in Dutch). But I also grew up reading Roald Dahl and Astrid Lindgren (Swedish author of children’s books). My boyfriend and I were born years apart (he is from 1970) and we often find that we both have very different childhood memories 🙂

  • Justine June 1, 2012, 10:31 am

    Are you going to register the baby with the UK Embassy?

    My DH is a Brit too and I’m excited for our future little ones to have a maroon and a blue passport : )

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 8:02 pm

      Yes we will 🙂

  • Tanya June 1, 2012, 10:51 am

    I spent some years in England as a small child and I remember most fondly Rupert Bear. Loved those books.
    Also still pine over the tv show The Wombles. Would probably find it painful to watch now but so loved it then.

  • Abby June 1, 2012, 10:53 am

    Ha! I had the SAME experience with my hubby. My sister threw us a children’s book themed shower, and he didn’t recognize any of the books! He’s Canadian, which hardly counts as a foreign country – yet somehow we missed out on all the same childhood experiences. But the good news is that he LOVES reading books to our little guy now, because they’re all new to him too.

  • Steffi June 1, 2012, 10:56 am

    I’m European as well, and not familiar with any ot these either. I have an American boyfriend 5 years older than me and we too have totally different memories and customs. It’s so cool though too, learn something new from each other every day 🙂

  • hannah June 1, 2012, 11:04 am

    I remember my mum reading ‘guess how much i love you’ , I also remember: ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ , all the beatrix potter books , Mr men books , Elmer (an an amazing patchwork elephant!) , The tiger that came to tea , The babar books ,Winnie the pooh books , Winnie the witch books , Padington bear when i was very young. When i was a bit older i loved all the Roald Dahl books!
    haha just had so much fun looking back at all my books from when i was younger(: btw i’m from the uk and was born 1994 so these are from that time but some are older classics , hope this helped x

  • Emily June 1, 2012, 11:10 am

    I’m English, but a bit younger than your husband, so some of these may be post-him. But some of them I know are fairly old.

    Spot the Dog (there’s a series)
    Mog the Cat (another series)
    The Tiger who came to tea (personal favourite)

    Hairy McClairy of Donaldson’s Dairy – its a story which is also a poem – its all in rhyme and is pure brilliance.

    For a bit older – the Beatrix Potter books. You can buy beautiful sets of these.

    Thomas the Tank Engine – I know America has an updated version, but the old ones are amazing. I thought all English boy-childs were in to this!

    Also, the children’s books from Ladybird were pretty widely read. With moralistic tales in there too :).

    My friend liked books by Gerald Durrell and went all nostalgic over Dan Dare Meets the Man in the Moon.

    Oh! And there was this book about a witch and her cat. Winnie the Witch.

  • Sara June 1, 2012, 11:15 am

    My grandmother was British and so my Mom had a bunch of English books she had passed down from generations. Beatrix Potter books were the most popular I can remember. There are a TON of them, too! Peter Rabbit and all sorts of rhyming books that as an adult are a little disturbing but kids love them. Try checking those out 🙂

  • Amanda K. June 1, 2012, 11:23 am

    So funny! My sister goes through the same thing; she’s a southerner married to a yankee 🙂
    Also, him not remembering childhood things might just be a guy thing. My husband doesn’t remember dyeing Easter eggs, going to Story Hour at the library, or his mom helping with VBS. Of course, I fondly remember ALL those things. Guys seem to forget sentimental things like that.

  • Penny June 1, 2012, 11:26 am

    I want a British husband. Maybe I could get my hub of 12 years to start talking in a British accent????
    I would like to see your Hubs do that accent vlog that was popular for a while. 🙂

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 8:02 pm

      I tried to convince him but he wouldnt!

  • Sara June 1, 2012, 11:28 am

    Oh wow–my brother and I loved Sharon, Lois & Bram (and the elephant) but I haven’t seen it since I was a kid, and watching that video it’s painful how dorky that is! Still love it, though, of course! And it still makes me smile. We pretty much mainlined Nickelodeon our whole childhood…like when cartoons on Nick were a new-fangled thing and there wasn’t an entire channel devoted to them??? Doug and the Rugrats?

    And not to worry, we weren’t in front of the tv all the time–we read lots too! I read a lot as a tween (before they called it being a tween)..Baby Sitters Club, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, etc. Loved it.

    • Liza June 1, 2012, 1:31 pm

      Ohhhh I burned through Nancy Drews too! And Anne of Green Gables… so good I could read it again as a 27-year old and still be so in love with it.

  • Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde June 1, 2012, 11:30 am

    I totally get this, i don’t know a lot of the childrens stories and shows my hubby and friends grew up with here in Canada!
    My fav British books/shows from England are
    Rupert the bear
    Wind in the Willows
    Paddington (we have the actual bears and paddington and aunt lucy immigrated to canada with us)
    Postman Pat (i’m now singing the theme song)
    Beatrix Potters books
    Worzel Gummidge (extremely scary to me now!)
    And Roald Dahl, i love all his stories and can still read them now even though i’m in my 30’s!

  • Kelli June 1, 2012, 11:36 am

    I grew up in Ireland, & my husband is 5 years older than me so we have these conversations all the time! I do so bad at pop culture trivial pursuit b/c of these types of issues. I don’t get jokes about things from the 80’s, & never know or get the references to tv shows, cartoons, books, movies, etc from that time period. When I was a teenager I felt so embarassed b/c it is awkward to not get these things, especially when all the fellow high schoolers were talking about them. Bosco the Clown & 40 Coats were my favorite kiddie tv shows, I only saw Sesame Street one or 2 times. I need to ask my mom about favorite books, I can’t remember the names of any right now. As far as books, we always loved Wind in the Willows, a book called Tear Water Tea, A book called the Fox Jumped on the Box, and Grimms Fairy Tails. The book we had was the original & more gruesome versions of the fairy tales, but I loved them!

  • Moni Meals June 1, 2012, 11:38 am

    you are so funny Caitlin! I totally can relate in the sense that I have many foreign model friends and it is so fun to tell them all about the above that you listed. 🙂

    At least Your husband knows about Harry Potter. 🙂

    That lazy Girl’s French Toast Recipe, well it looks so good, I pretty much made my own version of it not too long ago.

    Have a great day!

  • Army Amy* June 1, 2012, 11:48 am

    Beanie babies!*

  • Lee June 1, 2012, 12:03 pm

    This is so bizarre, but I just read this post and literally two minutes later, my sister facebook chats me and says, “I still have your troll dolls.” How weird is that?

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 8:01 pm

      That is so random!!!

  • Tamara June 1, 2012, 12:05 pm

    My hubby is French Canadian so we grew up not only with a different culture but speaking a different language! He didn’t learn English until grade school(though you honestly wouldn’t know it now because he speaks so well) and only knew French lullabies and books.

  • clare @ fittingitallin June 1, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Oh my gosh! Thomas the Tank Engine, Care Bears, Beanie Babies, Raffi…so much!

  • Lauren T June 1, 2012, 12:31 pm

    I loved the “Pat the Bunny” book when I was little. I also loved “I Love You Forever.” Barbies were also a staple for my sister and me 🙂 and of course Sesame Street!

  • Peach June 1, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I love this post. My partner is from Poland and it’s crazy all of the little differences in our upbringing that come out throughout our years together.
    I was raised in a tiny town (it’s classified as frontier!) with super hippie parents so we didn’t have tv, malls, billboards or really anything related to pop culture. As a result, I’m always out of the loop with these things (except for books, we had plenty of those). My peers all think I’m a little crazy for not getting their childhood references 😉

  • jen June 1, 2012, 12:49 pm

    I LOVE this post!! i have seen every single full house ever, and in fact still watch it evry morning at 5am while i drink my coffee before i work out. you dont get troll dolls? i had so many! i especially loved the bigger ones with the soft bodies and the gems in their belly buttons. speaking of gems, Jem was my childhood obsession cartoon! i teach kindergarten and one of my students watches it now, and we always break out into the themesong together. jem was truly outrageous haha. OH and i totally loved my teddy ruxpin!!

  • Laura June 1, 2012, 12:56 pm

    I loved Peepo!; The Jolly Postman; The Tiger Who Came For Tea; The Hungry Caterpillar and the Paddington books

  • Helene @healthyfrenchie June 1, 2012, 1:03 pm

    So funny.
    I was thinking about that the other day actually. My man is Scottish, I am French and we live in Canada!
    When he talks about his favorite childhood movies, books and songs I often have no idea what he is on about!
    And even when he talks about things we had in France too, I often don’t realize it until we watch a video or he shows me a picture. Because most character’s names and series names have been changed in the French versions 🙂
    I think it’s great that you baby will have the best of both worlds though

  • Rebecca June 1, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Pretty sure French toast is actually Canadian, and French fries are Belgian.

    I was at a bookstore yesterday that had a book called Good Nigh, IPAD. Of course we had to read it. So odd.

    My sister and I used to watch reruns of Full House on TV. 🙂 Berenstein Bears were some of my favorites. The earliest book I remember is a Sesame Street one that I made my parents read so often I had it memorized before I could actually read. I remember Furbies, and making bookmarks out of the tops of my pencil cases using glue. Haha. My Little Pony, Barbie… Yep. Good times.

  • Liza June 1, 2012, 1:10 pm

    Tamagotchis and Beanie Babies defined my (later) childhood! They were my obsessions from about the ages of 9-12. I also remember when AOL first got mainstream (dial up and all) and I didn’t have it at my house, but my best friend Erica did, and we would sign on and use our screen names to message each other. I was flat out obsessed with instant messaging.

    As for the younger years… I was really into Playmobil toys, Brio wooden trains and My Little Pony. I still have a stash of My Little Ponies, Trolls, and Barbie dolls in my childhood bedroom. Such a warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I think about all the hours I spent playing in my room as a kid. 🙂

  • Veronica June 1, 2012, 1:14 pm

    Ok, I’m curious – what does “pop the bonnet off the car” mean? Do you have a convertible?

    Does he automatically say the “British” words for things – like flat for apartment, or lift for elevator? Or has that been Americanized out of him?

    • Ciera @ Rose and Thistle June 1, 2012, 1:34 pm

      The bonnet is the hood in American terms 🙂

    • Tamara June 1, 2012, 1:46 pm

      My (Canadian)in-laws say things like “washroom” for bathroom and Grade 5 instead of 5th grade.

      But this can be in the US too. My great-grandma on my mom’s side was from the hills of Kentucky and she called paper bags “pokes” and creeks “cricks”.

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 8:01 pm

      For a lot of things, he has been americanized. Like he sometimes says apartment but sometimes he says flat. He never says lift for elevator. So I think it just depends on the word. He says pants for underwear and trousers for pants though, which is kind of confusing.

      Bonnet = hood!

  • Chantal June 1, 2012, 1:23 pm

    Love this post!

    My dad’s French and my mom’s American, so I know and love all the things you listed, but my dad would also read Tintin, Babar, Asterix, and Smurf comic books to me. It was great to get him to do different voices for different characters.

    Your kid will have the best of both worlds!

  • Leatitia June 1, 2012, 1:27 pm

    I’m a French-Canadian and have never heard of any of the things you listed except for the trolls! Combine your favorites with those of your husband to get a unique collection. The best of England and America just like your child! 😊

  • Jill June 1, 2012, 1:35 pm

    I’m Canadian with one British grandparent, and can attest to the joys of Rupert Bear, and the Wind in the Willows (which I can’t imagine are soley enjoyed by the English). My dad would buy me a Rupert book every year at Christmas, and the three different levels of reading on each page made it enjoyable for both me and my older brother. What a fun opportunity for you both to share your childhood memories with each other as you explore options to share with your baby.

    And listen, nobody needs to be schooled in Full House. If he’s not trying to teach you about EastEnders (rubbish, albeit addictive), don’t make him learn about Uncle Jessie.

  • Ciera @ Rose and Thistle June 1, 2012, 1:35 pm

    I’m British and LOVED the Hungry Caterpillar! My more British faces (all of which I think have been mentioned above) include Roald Dahl (the best ever), the Gruffalo and Beatrix Potter. Enid Blyton is also fab. Your little trans-Atlantic baby will get to see the best of both 🙂

  • Katya June 1, 2012, 1:37 pm

    too funny, I have just been talking about this with my husband! he is canadian and I am australian so we have very different childhood memories of books and tv shows also. Books I remember are mainly Roald Dahl, and Enid Blyton.

  • Breanne June 1, 2012, 1:37 pm

    I’ve been reliving my childhood on with The 90s Life on Twitter recently (twitter.com/the90slife). So fun to remember all those things!

    This post made me smile. I lived for TGIF.

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 7:59 pm

      That is an awesome twitter feed!

  • Jennifer June 1, 2012, 1:44 pm

    As a Maritimer I fondly remember Raffi and his songs (Apples and Bananas, The more we get together, and down by the bay). Fred Penner was another childhood favorite!

    • Sam @ Fit for My Fork June 1, 2012, 3:15 pm

      YES! Raffi! I grew up on the West Coast and saw him on the ferry once. I just Wiki’d him and apparently he lives on Mayne Island, which is precisely where I was going. Fred Penner was a hit for me too!

  • Morgan June 1, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Too funny! I actually have realized that most of my childhood television memories are Canadian??? I grew up in Detroit, and apparently we watched a lot of Canadian tv because whenever I mention my favorite childhood shows like The Polka Dot Door and Today’s Special I get blank stares (we now live in a different part of the country). I guess I never thought about how regional these experiences could be.

  • Rachel June 1, 2012, 2:25 pm

    I was born in March 1985, so we basically have the same childhood memories, but I’ve never heard of that song you mention! Sometimes I’m also amazed by the regional differences. I’m from Atlanta, and some of my friends from South Georgia have completely different things they remember. Full House and Saved by the Bell were huge for me (both are soo stupid now!).

  • erica June 1, 2012, 2:45 pm

    how rude!
    buahahahahaa! i used to say that all the time after that episode when i was little! lol.

  • Sam @ Fit for My Fork June 1, 2012, 3:12 pm

    Oh my gosh, Sharon Lois and Bram? I had forgotten all about them! The things you mentioned were a part of my childhood too.

    I didn’t realize your husband was British. My boyfriend is too, and I’m Canadian, so I anticipate we’ll run into similar issues when the time comes! I showed him the things on your post and he didn’t know any of them. Can’t believe it! You’ll just have to import all the good things about his childhood so your baby can have both 🙂

  • Annette@FitnessPerks June 1, 2012, 3:16 pm

    You’re right! how could he NOT know Goodnight MOon?! 😉 Such an important part of my childhood, for sure.

  • Soniathe Mexigarian June 1, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Born in 1983 I grew up on Mr. Rogers, Seasame Street when Elmo wasn’t the star, TMNT, My little Ponies, She-Ra, He-Man, Thundercats, Barbie, Carebears, The Bernstein Bears, Goodnight Moon, Dr. Seuss. . . . and yes, Full House.

  • Amber K June 1, 2012, 3:24 pm

    I was all over the TGIF lineup, Nickelodeon and Saved by the Bell. My husband was born 2.5 years before me and although it’s not much, we still have some pretty different childhood experiences. He always liked stuff that mostly older people would watch (he’s the oldest of all of his cousins) and I still watched kid shows as a teen.

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 7:57 pm


  • Macrae June 1, 2012, 3:36 pm

    My parets lived in England 5 years before my brother and I were born and some of are favorite books are: (to name a few-haha)
    The Tales of Peter Rabbit
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Winnie the Pooh
    The Boxcar Children
    The Chronicles of Narnia
    The Hungry Little Caterpillar
    Paddington Bear
    Richard Scarry children books ex: The Steamboat Mistery

  • Macrae June 1, 2012, 3:37 pm

    My parets lived in England 5 years before my brother and I were born and some of are favorite books are: (to name a few-haha)
    The Tales of Peter Rabbit
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Winnie the Pooh
    The Boxcar Children
    The Chronicles of Narnia
    The Hungry Little Caterpillar
    Paddington Bear
    Richard Scarry children books ex: The Steamboat Mistery
    We also listened to Rafi Music-fun sing a log stuff 🙂

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt June 1, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Ansley has Full House DVDs that you can borrow. He must be exposed to them ASAP! 🙂 So many things defined my childhood. I bought my bun in the oven a glowworm already because I had one.

  • Angie June 1, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Ohmygod as a Brit and training primary school teacher this post has excited me! Classic is Shirley Hughes – My Naughty Little Sister, Dogger, Famous Five, Secret Seven, any Roald Dahl so BFG/ The Witches, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, Narnia. OOhh ask him if he remembers Button Moon, Gummy Bears, The Racoons (80’s TV programmes) x

  • Debbie June 1, 2012, 4:41 pm

    Ok I’m a Brit and I have to say that the hungry caterpillar is a hugely popular kids book over here, I loved it as a child and all my friends kids and my own boy have it. My MUST have book: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Seriously, order it, you won’t regret it. Also try Each Peach Pear Plum and Peepo and The Jolly Postman,…can you tell I love books?

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 7:57 pm

      Jolly Postman seems to be a big one! We will have to get this.

  • Philippa June 1, 2012, 5:12 pm

    I’m British and one of the books I can most vividly remember from my childhood are Spot the Dog books by Eric Hill. Loved them! I also had a ‘troll doll phase’ in my childhood (even had troll necklaces!), so that may not be an American thing, but more a girl thing as I can’t remember any boys in our school being interested in them!!

  • Amanda June 1, 2012, 5:12 pm

    Oh my goodness! I haven’t heard the skinnymarink song in years! Love it. I’ll have to show by boyfriend, I don’t think he’s heard it before.

    Books: Many of the books you listed I grew up with, along with Chicka Chika Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr., The Box Car Children, Richard Scarry books, The Little Golden books, Babar, The Bernstein Bears, and many others.

    TV: Gummy Bears, Full House, Step by Step, Family Matters, Mr. Rogers, TMNT, Sesame Street

    Fun: Tamagotchis, Yo-yos, Polly Pockets, Beanie babies, slap bracelets, jelly sandals, friendship bracelets, Pogs, legos, spirographs, pop goes perfection, don’t break the ice game, and many other things

    I did grow up with the pogs sensation, looking back, I don’t get why they were so cool. But I did collect them, trade with friends, etc. Trading cards were also a hit too.

    What a great and fun post 🙂 Thanks! I’m so excited for you and your hubby!

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 7:56 pm

      Thanks Amanda!

    • AmandaonMaui June 1, 2012, 8:13 pm

      I remember Chicka Chika Boom Boom too, and The Little Golden Books. I still have a couple of them that I am going to share with my niece when she is older.

      Step-by-Step. I remember being so excited for that to air on Friday nights. Oddly, it’s one of the hardest shows to find to watch online. I get nostalgic every now and then and want to watch.

      We all had scrunchies, t-shirt ties, slap bracelets, jelly sandals, etc. too.

      It was a fun time to be a kid!

  • Michaela June 1, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Can you get the husband to do a VLOG? I wanna hear the accent =)

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 7:56 pm

      I have asked him to do this so many times but he is really really camera shy 🙂 So it’s probably not ever going to happen! LOL

  • Helen June 1, 2012, 5:55 pm

    Hey hey I’m a Brit and I know all about The Hungry Caterpillar!! All my new mum friends do too.

    Anyway British kids books:

    I grew up on Enid Blyton (Brer Rabbit, The Wishing Chair, The Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood, Naughtiest Girl in the School collection, Malory Towers collection, St Clare’s collection) and Roald Dahl, love love love Roald Dahl

    May have to go up in the loft this weekend and get them out!

    I hope you are both celebrating 60 years of Queen Elizabeth ths weekend! We are!

  • Jennifer June 1, 2012, 6:31 pm

    My sister married a Brit and the favor at the wedding was an English-American dictionary. Hilarious.

    • Caitlin June 1, 2012, 7:55 pm

      That is an awesome favor!!!!

  • AmandaonMaui June 1, 2012, 8:10 pm

    I have pretty much the same pop culture references as you. I don’t know “The Big Yellow School Bus,” but I know the rest. I was born in December of 1985. I had a Michelle Tanner doll that said different phrases from the show.

    • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions June 3, 2012, 11:24 pm

      I was born in December of 1985 too! And The Big Yellow School Bus is the only one from her list that I didn’t know either… 😉

  • Megan June 1, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love this post. It’s bringing back so many memories for me Caitlin. Thank you! Honestly, I feel somethings that I forget a lot of my childhood due to so many hard times that I want to forget.

  • Lauren June 1, 2012, 9:24 pm

    Goodnight Moon and Full House were my childhood. Hello.

  • Whitney June 1, 2012, 11:40 pm

    Paddington Bear and Noddy are a few books that I remember from living in England. We only lived there from the time I was three until six but they were some of my favorites.

  • miss pip kelly June 2, 2012, 2:06 am

    I’m English but lived in Arizona from 7 – 14 so got a good mix of both!

    Classic children’s stories:
    Alfie & Annie Rose
    The Very Hungry Catepillar (universal surely?!)
    Mrs Large series
    Paddington Bear
    Winnie the Pooh (not Disney version)
    Badger’s Parting Gifts (one for a bit older – amazing little story to teach children about death)

    I sympathise with him only being able to remember as far back as J&GP though – I could name many more favourite childhood ‘novels’.

    Fireman Sam (welsh accents – brilliant)
    Postman Pat

  • Jo June 2, 2012, 5:50 am

    Any Roald Dahl books, I remember being read these by my parents from a young age. The Tiger That Came to Tea is a good one, and my little nephew loves Rosie’s Walk. Paddington Bear & Winnie the Pooh are great. Quentin Blake wrote some great books (in addition to illustrating Roald Dahl’s books) like Mr. Magnolia, Snuff and Angelo.

    I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Thought everyone knew it!

  • Jo June 2, 2012, 5:52 am

    Oh and Beatrix Potter! Probably well known in America now since the film a few years ago. I had a big posh set of all the books when I was a kid and my parents are keeping it safe for when I have kids. The stories are so lovely for little kids.

  • bonnie June 2, 2012, 7:22 am

    You should post a video of his accent! I was a big fan of full house but i LOVED boy meets world growing up

  • Kate June 2, 2012, 8:32 am

    I’m British and Road Dahl, Enid Blyton, Dr Seuss were all big for when I was growing up!

    Also Caitlin/any other readers, I was just wondering how much attention/comments your husband gets about his accent from other people? I’m going to live in America for a couple of months soon and I’m quite shy so just wondering what to expect!

    • Caitlin June 2, 2012, 9:59 am

      Get emotionally prepared for it 🙂 Maybe it will be less because you are a woman though, but it is seriously over the top with my husband to this very day. “OHHHH MYYY GOOODDDDDDD DO YOU HAVE AN ACCENT? WHERE ARE YOU FROM? SAY BOTTLE SAY TRUCK SAY MY NAME AHHHH YOU ARE SO CUTE” while I’m standing RIGHT THERE. LOL It’s been like that since we started to date. Sometimes, when people ask where he is from, he gets a really confused look on his face and says, “Alabama?” <-- serious southern accents. It prob depends on which city you live in - like if you're in NYC, no one will care. But a smaller city, they will care. However, it can be used to your advantage. People automatically think Kristien is smarter and more educated because he has an accent.

  • Sarahf June 2, 2012, 9:45 am

    I’m British and I read the Hungry Caterpillar, I remember loving it at playschool. Mum used to read us the Penguin book of poems for children (I’m sorry, can’t remember the proper name), it had some very “English” poems, and Mum reckons the rhythm of the poems sent us to sleep faster than stories! I have American co-workers, and they crack up at the most random things that I say, it usually takes a whie to work out what they’re laughing at! Getting to the bottom of what cilantro is (we call it coriander) lead to no work getting done for quite some time!

  • cat June 3, 2012, 8:06 am

    Some other books we read/ watched on tv in the UK as young kids were Thomas the Tank Engine, Postman Pat, Noddy, Playdays, Rainbow, The Sooty Show(my personal fav, still have all the puppets!) and Blue Peter (still running!). The Husband will have to remember some of these…

  • Jackie June 3, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Hi Caitlin, I’m Chinese, raised in a combination of both England and Canada. I remember some of my favourite books as a child were Roald Dahl’s Matilda and any mystery books by Enid Blyton. Favourite shows on TV were Madeline and Albert the 5th Musketeer. I can definitely sympathise with not ever watching a single episode of Full House. Before Jesse Spencer was on House, we used to watch him on the Australian soap Neighbours. It was a culture shock moving to Canada and I still can’t get into the same conversations about childhood as my friends.

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions June 3, 2012, 11:25 pm

    Ahh your husband has been missing out on worlds of amazing!!! I was into pogs, although I was one of the kids who did NOT get to buy every little thing for every new fad, so I didn’t have a ton of them.

  • Alison June 4, 2012, 9:24 am

    Post men Pat and Paddington bear! Was always my favourite when we traveled to England as children.

  • Alett June 4, 2012, 11:20 am

    OMG! OMG! YOUR birthday is May 8th?!!!!…I kid you not…my birthday is May 8th too! (I swear). Although, I was 14 when you were born LOL

    (we also celebrate birthday week in our household)

    I’m sorry I missed your birthday – happy belated birthday.

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