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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Seven. Lucky seven. Seventh heaven

Everyone is aware of its magical allure. Seven is the most common dice roll in gambling. In ancient times, seven celestial bodies could be seen by the naked eye. There are seven continents. Seven seas. Seven days in a week and seven wonders of the ancient world. Don’t forget the seven colors in a rainbow. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]