Rules that make sense
Parenthood Parenting

Rules that make sense

I’m sitting on the plane with my family. I’ve just finished a sticker book with my 3 year old, and now it’s my husband’s turn to entertain her with some books about a creepy cat looking girl (or girly looking cat, don’t ask). Meanwhile, 2 rows in front of me, another 3 year old has …

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A mom’s trick to learn French
Baby Parenting

A mom’s trick to learn French

I listen to kids’ songs while driving. A lot. There, I said it. It’s not always good music, and yes I could totally use a break from childishness, and yes kids will be happy listening to adults’ music, too. But here’s the truth: nothing gets my French on, like the comptines enfantines. It totally works. It’s …

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A simple way to make kids nap
Parenting

A simple way to make kids nap

If you chuckle upon hearing the word “nap time”, this one’s for you. The solution I’m going to share with you initially causes my friends to smile with empathy, or giggle with uncertainty (“she must be joking, right?”). I was called crazy, and desperate. And you know what? I don’t care, because it works. My …

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Baby crying in the car
Baby Parenting

Baby crying in the car

After around 6 weeks of life on this complex planet, my baby made things even more complicated by screaming her soul out whenever she sniffed the car seat. I sweat even thinking about that time. This is why I used to leave my suburban area only when I had to, and I mean – life …

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The bath-time drama
Geneva tips Parenting

The bath-time drama

There used to be the time when I dreaded the bath-time drama, or rather the hair washing bit. Nothing would help. The methods from baby swimming classes, that I had used since she was 3 month, would suddenly freak out my little Master of Stubbornness. No toy, no amount of foam, bubbles, or coloured water …

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Giving birth in Geneva
Parenting

Giving birth in Geneva

Giving birth in Geneva. First, let me explain to you why I wrote about birth experience in one city, rather than in the country. Switzerland is divided into 26 cantons, and they are all different: each with different laws and (high) standards, 4 languages, and rough terrain – it makes (for example) Zurich a completely different …

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Bedsharing controversy
Baby Parenthood Parenting

Bedsharing controversy

I’m sure that by now, you have all seen the “shocking” video by Bothell Police Department – the one which discourages parents from co-sleeping. While I totally understand why the enthusiasts of evolutionary parenting, attachment parenting, gentle parenting and others are so unhappy with this video, I would like to convince you there are positives of it, …

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Mother’s gut
Parenting

Mother’s gut

If you have internet access and minimal interest in parenting methods you know that the number of experts, theories and research to back everyone up is overwhelming. What’s more, it’s impossible to fit one method to every family, I’d even say that it’s impossible to fit a full method to one family because the hypothetical …

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Painting on ice

If you can dance on ice, why not go for painting on ice? I saw this activity lately on one of my favorite blogs – Toddler Approved. It’s so simple to set up, it would be a sin to not to try. 21 month old Z is still too young to fully appreciate or to profit from …

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