Cateura Recycled Orchestra

Have you heard the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura? If not it will make your day. Maybe even your week. Back in 2006, Favio Chávez, an environmental engineer, started working on a waste recycling project at the landfill of Cateura in Paraguay, in one of the poorest slum areas in South America. Around 500 people […]

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. […]

Clew review: On third culture kids

A Clew review: Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between Here’s a book that is truly one of a kind on the subject matter of third culture kids. As a military kid, Christopher O’Shaughnessy understands living between worlds and cultures, while trying to figure out the identity as a third culture kid. He has a gift […]

Lëtz Create – Andrita Andrushka

Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative people in Luxembourg and says “look, Luxembourg is creative! Here’s how and where!” The April talk is with Andra, also known as Andrita Andrushka, who – among other creative things –  helps children be creative through Interactive Cinemeducation. 1. What is CREATIVITY? For me, creating is empowering. Creativity is happiness. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christmas biscuits

A great way to while away an afternoon listening to Christmas tunes! Here are a few fun ideas for making biscuits. This Christmas tree is just stacked stars:  Or make a snowflake garland:   Here is the recipe for vanilla sugar biscuits, makes 24 large biscuits: Ingredients 225g unsalted butter 225g light brown sugar ½ […]

Silent night, holy night – and joy to the world

When did we go from a peaceful calm celebration with family, friends and/or neighbors to this commercial nightmare? I am not going to tell you that Christmas is about baby Jesus. Of course for some it is, and I respect that. In fact, it is a beautiful way of celebrating. But Christmas can be many different […]

I am not one voice, I am many

Today, Pakistani activist MalalaYousafzai (17) received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, together with the Indian children’s rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi who has fought for children’s rights globally since 1980. Malala, who fights intensely and incessantly for every girl’s right to an education. Malala, who herself lost that right, instead the education she thirsted for became a crime. Malala, who […]

O grand Saint Nicolas

When you’ve lived in Luxembourg a few Decembers, you’ll be very familiar with Saint Nicolas – and even more so your children! Here are a few facts (well…) you might not know about him and about this day: Saint Nicolas is the patron saint not only of children, but of prisoners, lawyers,  physiotherapists and singles! Very interesting […]