Have you ever wondered what makes you adult? Is it your age (18 or 21 years on this planet are enough to be adult?)? Or is it your capacities to function and contribute as an adult member your family and of society? When you are a Maasai warrior, you used to become adult when you killed … More What makes an adult?
For an illuminating article on digital skills to tech our children see here.
Kids, especially toddlers are real little monkeys: monkey see – monkey do… And that’s why we, the harried parents, have all been told over and over again by smart books, doctors, teachers, grandparents and everybody else that we need to set a good example, and that kids learn most not by listening to us, but by observing what we do and … More Monkey see – monkey do
I have been talking recently to several friends who are – like me – keeping a keen and wary eye on the contents of their shopping baskets and on their (and especially their kids’) dinner plates. We were discussing things we have to be careful about when shopping and what we are watching out for. … More Food shopping puzzles
Random reasons for a tantrum when you’re a toddler: No eggs for breaksfast Taking off pyjamas Not allowed to wear mommy’s panties to kindergarten (on head) Not allowed to wear wellies (2 sizes bigger) to kindergarten (on wrong feet) Vegetables touch pasta on plate Not taking the bike to kindergarten (pouring rain or ice) Dad forgot … More Toddler and mommy tantrums
If you are exhausted and your chores are piling up because you spend (almost) all your waking hours entertaining your toddler (or preventing him/her from either destroying your house or flinging himself from the kitchen table), wake up ! Things CAN be different with no guilt attached. Your presence is enough. Science confirms. I have found … More Entertaining a toddler – your presence is enough
When I was a child, fathers were the ones who worked in important and responsible (and a bit mysterious) jobs – to feed the family, they were not to be disturbed when reading the paper or watching the news. Fathers drove the family car, organised hikes and represented the family in the world – whether that meant the … More New fathers
There is a saying in Czech fairy tales, usually uttered by a “baddie” (the devil, a monster or a dragon) when in presence of a hidden human fairy tale hero who will outwit him in the end: I smell, I smell a human (Čuchám, čuchám člověčinu!). And that’s what I think of, when I ponder … More Scents and smells
Just a short reminder that expensive toys can’t compete with the simple things your little one sees you using everyday. Here is the top ten of my daughter’s favourite random things to play with at home: Keys – of the house, car keys, I am seriously thinking of creating a bunch of random keys (we … More Random objects make great toys
I will skip all the classic Beauty Paegant type of answers, such as world peace and prosperity and everyone to be kind and smily (although I wish for these things too of course, who wouldn’t ? ). This is my immediate more personal and selfish Wishlist: Sleep: I have a toddler – need I say more ? … More What I wish for