The Top Ten Reasons My Kids Have Been Crying

There is a reason “Reasons my son is crying” is such a successful and hilarious blog concept: It’s all true. Small children melt down over a lot of things. The few times I’m not annoyed with the little blighters for being unreasonable, I catch myself envying them the joy of letting it all out. There are at least twelve situations each week that make me want to shout and tear my hair out, so fair play to you, kids. Read More The Top Ten Reasons My Kids Have Been Crying

Expat Ramblings: Just Popping In

Family gatherings are difficult when you live abroad. Spending Christmas together is expensive, birthday presents arrive through the post, and when your children drive you insane, you can’t drop them off at a well-meaning relative’s house for an afternoon. I’d love to have coffee with my sister once a week, but we only manage three times a year. It’s hard, but it comes with the choices you make for yourself. Read More Expat Ramblings: Just Popping In

Expat Ramblings: Make the Most of Your Language!

Over in Facebookland, a friend of mine recently posted a link to an expat’s blog post. In it, the writer expressed her fear of losing her native language while living abroad and not using it the way she used to. My friend and many other expats shared her concerns. And while I can relate to many of the examples used in the article, I’m not convinced. Read More Expat Ramblings: Make the Most of Your Language!

So, They are Good for Something: How Your Kids Can Keep You Fit

Spring is in the air, and I can’t be the only person who feels energetic and ready to take up some sort of regular exercise. But time is short and classes are expensive, and who wants to spend their precious free time away from their home and sofa? Then it occurred to me: Aren’t I doing all my exercising during the day anyway? Properly organized and utilized, looking after small children can match any other sport in intensity. Plus, it’s all free! Here are a few ideas to get you started. (If you don’t have any children of your own, ask your neighbors, friends or acquaintances. They will probably lend you theirs quite willingly.) Read More So, They are Good for Something: How Your Kids Can Keep You Fit

My Life in Burlesque: We Are Not ‘Disgusting’

Let the record show that ladies who take their clothes off are not bad people. Read More My Life in Burlesque: We Are Not ‘Disgusting’

Retro Recap: Torchwood “Children of Earth, Day One”

So you think that Torchwood couldn’t break your heart anymore, huh? Not after the season two finale that left two beloved characters dead and Torchwood adrift, right? To borrow from another fantasy series, “Oh, my sweet summer child!” Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood “Children of Earth, Day One”

How a Boy Started a Big Discussion

This is a story about people who think their opinion is more important than the child who instigated sharing that opinion. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is telling the Dutch government to intervene. Turks online call the Dutch pig-eating heathens who support the sickness that’s homosexuality. And why? Because a Turkish child has two lesbians as foster parents.

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