5 things having a penpal has taught me

Do children even know what it is like to have a penpal any more? The anticipation of waiting for a letter from someone far away? I am not sure.

5 things having a penpal has taught me

My best tip for raising multilingual children

Parents get asked all the time about their best tips for this and that. This week bloggers around the world were set the challenge to share their best tip to motivate a child to speak the minority language.

my best tip to raise bilingual children

6-year-olds around the world (3)

Our third instalment in this little series takes us to Asia, Europe and America to meet another 4 fabulous 6-year-olds.

Being 6 years old in the world

Germany and cash

A credit card gets you nowhere in Germany. Cash is king. Did you know that about Germany?

Why Germans pay for everything in cash

Hosting a book swap party: cakes and books

Hosting a book swap party

Are your bookshelves bursting? Are you addicted to books? Here is how to get rid of old books and get new reads at the same time. All for free.

Tips to boost your toddler's speech

I was at the playground this morning with my boy. I came back totally amazed by how little some parents speak to their kids.

tips to get your toddler to speak more

My authentic French quiche

There is one cooking book on my bookshelf that I have had since the day I left home to go and live on my own for University. It is not a fancy cookbook. It is battered and bruised. It is small and simple. And I love it.

quiche lorraine recipe

As Aventuras de Sofia na Selva (Portuguese book review)

When I was little, I loved yoga. I practised yoga for many years as a child and teenager. As an adult, this has helped me tremendously with relaxation techniques, in particular. So when I heard about the books written by Giselle Shardlow, from Kids Yoga Stories, to introduce yoga to children through reading while moving, I wanted in.

As aventuras de Sofia na Selva: a book review

Expat in Germany: the good and the bad

Expat in Germany: the good and the bad

I have been writing positive posts about living in Germany, raising children in Germany, amazing facilities, etc, because Germany IS a great place to live and to raise children. However, I was reminded by a friend (who used to live in Germany) that not everything is perfect and that there are downsides too. I also keep getting emails from people wanting to move to Germany with children, asking about different aspects of life. So I thought I'd counter-balance things a little.

15+ reasons why being a child in Germany rocks

I recently read this article about reasons why being a child in Germany is great. But I really was not convinced by some of the arguments: the Happy Meal being the worse one. So I decided to compile my own list.

15 reasons being a child in Germany is great

5 things you do not need to happen on a family trip

We have had our fair share of travelling disasters. On top of the usual airline delays, lost luggage, etc, we have 'visited' an Italian hospital with a toddler. We have been to an ear specialist while on honeymoon in the Indian Ocean. Without going into dramatic stories, there are those little annoying things that happen in every trip that you remember for years even though they didn't really spoil your trip or holiday.

Things you do not need to happen on a family vacation

Playgrounds around the world

What better way to discover a country with young children than through its playgrounds?

Our Florida highlights

Top 4 things to do in Florida with children

It has been a year since our trip to Florida. Yes, a year. I know. I should have probably posted this much earlier. But now seems a good time too as we are there again! As you read this, I shall be a jet-lagged mum, hopefully sitting by the pool, having just crossed the Atlantic for the second time alone with a toddler and a child.

5 things I love about German parenting

What is it like to raise children in Germany? We have this image of Germans as rather cold and severe/strict people, maybe not the most fun nation in the world. Are German parents really strict with their kids? Well, let me break it to you right here: ...

Our favourite Portuguese books for under 6s

As I have mentioned many times before, we struggle with Portuguese books for several reasons. Authentic (non-translated) materials in European Portuguese are very hard to find.
Portuguese is the weakest language in our household and the one that needs the most support. So I am on a serious hunt for quality resources.

Christmas dinners in 4 European countries

Ah... dreams of a mince pie by the fire. Children quietly playing with their newly unwrapped toys while a delicious smell of fresh cod fish coming from the kitchen.

The Tooth Fairy or La Petite Souris?

Part of living in a multicultural family is to share customs and traditions and adjust family life to reflect those. This sometimes means not doing the things that other children around us do. And that is what is how we learn about the world.
LJ, 5 and 3/4, has just lost her first tooth. It has taken us a little by surprise as there was just over a week between the day she announced it was moving and the day it fell.

5 Portuguese foods to try as a family

Portuguese food is usually quite hearty and filling and not always the most appealing at first glance. Portions are huge and there are rarely special kids' menus in restaurants (which is actually probably a good thing). When travelling with children, finding things they will like can be a challenge, especially when the ingredients are unknown to them and to you, as parents. So, here are some suggestions as to what you can get them to try (tested and approved by my 1- and 5-year-old).

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