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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.
The Laughter Keeps the Crazy at Bay
It’s the head-thrown-back-uninhibited laughter that I’ll miss. The giggles and the demands for more tickles. “Go…[giggle]…stop…[giggle]…go…stop…go…stop…” We play this game every day. They are the best minutes strung in a sequence that I can imagine. We can’t play it for Read more.
Dragon Skulls, Fairies, and Trolls at Wira Bruk’s Christmas Market
Wira Bruk is an old iron works village that was active back in the heyday of Sweden’s superpower era when they were cranking out weaponry as fast as they could. It’s the site where the King’s weapons (read: swords) and Read more.
Visiting the Christmas Markets in Sweden
It is Christmas Market (Julmarknad) season in Europe and Sweden has some of the most darling Christmas markets. Glögg (mulled wine), reindeer meat, and candles on evergreen trees are all part and parcel of a good Swedish Christmas market. Kickstarting Read more.