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Learning Through Play—First year in a Swedish School
Necessary disclaimer: I understand and acknowledge that not every school in Sweden does things the same way. This is simply a little peek into what we have experienced. “What does your typical school day look like? What do you do?” I Read more.
This is not the country I grew up in and remember
This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom. pic.twitter.com/mWiJVdddpH — Georgy Cohen (@radiofreegeorgy) June 6, 2018 Columbine High School’s shooting happened when I was a sophomore in high school (10th grade). I remember sitting in the sunny second floor Read more.
Looking for trash, volunteers discover streets are super clean
Determined to “clean up the streets” a small group of volunteers in a suburb outside of Stockholm, Sweden, struggled to find trash to fill their bags. Armed with gloves, oversized trash bags, and water to stay hydrated in the hot Read more.
Saturday Candy—Sweden’s Limited Obsession with Candy
In a recent New Yorker article, How to Eat Candy Like a Swedish Person, the general public learned about Sweden’s (limited) obsession with lördagsgodis or “Saturday candy.” Messages about this article flooded my inbox with questions like, “Is this true?” Read more.
Send Messages to Your Loved Ones Through the Moon
Sponsored Affiliate Links “The moon is a loyal companion.It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak Read more.
Seeking Health Care When You Don’t Speak the Language
Your doctor’s office is really a beehive of data. Your patient data requires effective communication between you (the patient) and the doctor. Then communication happens between the doctors, nurses, and the administrative staff in the clinic. Then, your data is Read more.
Monday Morning Emails May be a Future Preview of Our Lives
Affiliate Links Every parent is afraid they are making a mistake when raising their children—abroad or domestically—and Jo Parfitt and Terry Anne Wilson are no different. In their book, Monday Morning Emails, they often question if their decision to move their families Read more.
The 20th Anniversary of Families in Global Transition—Perhaps the best yet
Photo Credit: Sandra Bissell You know when you meet someone in person when you’ve only connected online that there is a moment of I-already-know-you-but-I-don’t-really-know-you awkwardness? Yeah, that doesn’t happen at the Families in Global Transition Conference. You know you’ve “come Read more.
Feed the Baby Hummus—Book Review and Giveaway
Sponsored Affiliate Links Feed the Baby Hummus is the newest book to hit the shelves that dives into international practices related to bonding, soothing, and nurturing babies. Pediatrician, Lisa Lewis, MD, gathered all of the cultural practices related to behavior Read more.
Blended Baby: Learning to Love Your Partner’s Family Background
One of the best things about having a baby with someone you love? Your little bundle of joy is lucky enough to be half you and half your partner—whether by nature, nurture, or both. When you look into those big Read more.
The Differences Between Then and Now: Reflections on Integration
Over the past six years, we have become a murky blend of less-American-but-not-quite-Swedish. We’ve kept some of the old but mostly, we have embraced the new. The differences between January 2012 (back then) and January 2018 (now) are stark. Stark Read more.
A Beautiful Death: Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Pet
Living with an elderly pet is like playing a game of Jenga. As each player removes a block from the tower and stacks it on top, the entire structure starts to sway. Each move makes the tower more unsteady. After Read more.
Växtförsäljning’s Christmas Market Review
Don’t try to say “växtförsäljning” three times fast unless you are from a Scandinavian country or unless you want a tongue twister challenge. Växtförsäljning translates simply into “plant nursery” and our local nursery sells wonderful plants, bushes, and trees during Read more.