Don’t stop reading to your child

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Dr. Seuss The importance of reading to children at an early age is unquestionable. Considering that it is at the heart of all formal education, reading to children at a very early age increases their chances […]

Finish your plate!

-Finish your plate! A well-known mom-/dadism still in use. Now there’s a study to show that we actually do finish our plates – in general. The study, from Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, reveals that adults eat 92% of the food they put on their plate, on average. One can easily dish out reasons for this, […]

Our tech-crazed kids

Dan Franch looks at the benefits – and bogus benefits – of our children’s screen addiction: It’s tough these days raising kids. All they want to do is sit in front of a screen and play video games. Mouths agape, they are like drooling (“Not on the keyboard!”) zombies; eyes fixated on their computer, tablet, […]

Hush Little Baby

So we are at the end of the 9 weeks of summer holidays, and I have been trying and failing to get the children back into a normal bedtime routine. There just seems to be too much to cram into those last few days, so we continue to eat late, and having my 5 year […]

Back to school: Routines & responsibilites

A new school year has arrived – plenty of anticipation and anxiety as families run around to get ready. It’s essential to get off to a good start, and a sure-fire way to do that is by establishing routines. The kids will quickly fall into the routines at school. They should do the same at […]

Third Culture Kids

Third Culture Kids (TCKs). Does this term sound familiar? Sociologist Ruth Hill Useems came up with it in the 1950s as a way to describe children who grow up in a country (or countries) different from where their parents were raised. Military kids, international business people’s kids, and diplomats’ kids are the primary livers of […]

Mums making lists

Have you already realised you are always making lists? Even the not so organised person makes lists all the time. It’s like some secret obsession we may not even figure out, but believe me, it’s there! There are: The obvious grocery shopping lists, the do-not-forget-lists for the next morning, the to do lists of the week, the topics lists […]

You like potato and I like potahto

Accents. Everyone’s got one. Some of us have more than one depending on the language we are speaking or who we are speaking to. Here in Luxembourg, accents are an everyday occurrence. They are a signal to others expressing where we come from. Even if physical features make it difficult to ascertain one’s roots, once […]

Bilingualism sharpens your brain

Tiny Luxembourg can hardly be seen on a world map, yet illustrates perfectly the world today with more people speaking two or more languages than one. Expats arriving in Luxembourg quickly discover how well they can get by in English, French or German, and they marvel at how easily Luxembourgers switch between three or four languages […]

Bilingual babies

Are you worried that your little one has too many languages to cope with? A recent study on bilingualism in babies might reassure you. Many of us have been asked questions about grammatical rules in our own language to which our immediate answer has been: “I don’t really know, it’s just the way it is…”