Math anxiety

Math anxiety. I certainly have some degree of that , and so, apparently, do many children, meaning they worry about doing maths at school to the point where it causes negative emotional reactions, even becoming a fear. You don’t have to be lousy at maths to feel it, even the best math students can develop […]

Switching schools

My son has gone to 9 different schools in 5 countries in 10 years. Not only have the physical locations been many, the teaching languages have switched quite a few times too; Danish, German, English, Swedish, German / French, back to English and right now German again. I know – we are horrible parents! I […]

Blue sky and a new school

Things happen in a mother’s heart when her kid goes to school for the first time. Many of you have already experienced this. I got to live it for the first time this year. Or feel it. Technically it was simple, well organised and not so different from the kindergarten days. I am not going to get all melodramatic […]

Letter from a mother

Letter to all the new mothers out there In an era where information surrounds you everywhere you look or go, the world´s toughest  job- being a mother-can get rather confusing at one point or the other. Suffice to say you go online, either for Facebook, reading your favourite newspaper or bumping into …blogs, and you […]

The Romanian Blouse!

The online community La Blouse Roumaine in Luxembourg is celebrating for the third time the Romanian Blouse, called IA. The festivities will take place on Wednesday 24th of June. The fun starts at 19.00 at Place Clairefontaine, with Romanian singing and folkloric dancing – and of course Romanian blouses – before moving on to a […]

I’m so proud of you!

“I’m so proud of you.” Most likely all parents have said that to their child with sincerity and good intentions. Unfortunately, it mainly tends to be said when a child has done well at something. The implication is that parents are proud of the accomplishment, thus it is a form of praise rather than encouragement. […]

The Orangeman & the Knights of the Giant Easter Omelette

Clew takes a tour of Europe to check out Easter traditions somewhat out of the ordinary: Around here: Luxembourg Did you get yourself a Péckvillercher yet? If not, start your collection of them on Easter Monday, from the Eemaischen market in Nospelt or in Luxembourg City. They are tiny bird-shaped clay flutes. France In Bessières in the […]

From diapers to dating

We parents need support – from family, friends, other parents or professionals – as our children pass from diapers to I-will-only-wear-pink to I-have-nothing-to-wear (so-I-slam-the-door) to the time they will actually wear nothing with a partner. Underneath there might be other, more serious layers. For expat parents, away from their own country, culture and family, it […]

Women are winning the race

For International Women’s Day last Sunday I was expecting to hear all the same statistics – as every year – showing us that women still do most of the work at home. Way to go girls! I’d say we should be proud of ourselves. Every year on International Women’s Day we should toast to our continuous […]

Nine steps to help your child’s learning

It’s past the halfway point of the school year and becoming apparent whether or not your children are struggling academically. If they are struggling, there’s still time to turn it around. Unless they have special learning needs, the main issue is most likely organization and routine.There’s simply not enough structure and order to keep them […]