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It was a dark and stormy Halloween night…actually, it was. October in Sweden is really dark, and it wasn’t nighttime per se, but rather 3 pm which is quite night-like in terms of daylight. The kids and I were at the dentist’s office for my daughter’s wellness check-up. She opened her mouth wide, and we […]
My daughter told me I don’t work with such authority that I discovered that maybe, just maybe, I wasn’t forward enough about what I do.
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. I’ve written in the past about my children’s experiences with Swedish preschool and with föreskoleklass so, now it’s time for an update as the fall term of first grade […]
A wooden propeller plane makes for a great climb Cold. Uncomfortable. Rugged. Rustic. Miserable. Those are the words that I would’ve used to describe a Swedish outdoor preschool before I knew any better. Preschools in Sweden are for children ages 1-6 (the year they turn 6, they head off to “big school” so some kids […]
The conscious decision to open or close a life-changing gateway is an emotional process. Before an international relocation (or a domestic one, for that matter) every component of the decision is weighed countless times over. Potential consequences from each path and direction are analyzed from all angles. The immediate, intermediate, and long-term effects are mapped […]
“It’s my body and I can wear whatever I want.” My daughter stood defiantly before me, hands on hips in her underwear, a t-shirt, and sandals. Picking her up from preschool is usually fairly quick but today, my sweet daughter looks more like a stubborn rhino. She will not budge. Her teachers, also unwilling to […]
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 asked my six-year-old son. He took me over to the whiteboard where laminated words with […]
How many kids do you have?” the dental technician asked me while her latex-gloved hands were working inside my mouth. I could feel her knuckles against the inside of my lips, expertly moving the mirror and probe from tooth to tooth. Now really isn’t the right time to be having a conversation, I thought, but […]
When my husband and I moved from Manhattan to Paris in 2012, we didn’t anticipate much in the way of culture shock. We were moving from one big, international city to another. No big deal, right? Wrong. Culture shock hit us hard. My husband struggled to navigate the intricacies of his workplace in a second […]