26 Sep 2014

Eating out in Karlsruhe with kids


Inspired by Speaking Denglish's little guide to Karlsruhe, I thought I'd make my own little guide about decent places to go out for a meal or snack in Karlsruhe as a family (with or without the kids).

15 Sep 2014

School bags around the world

As children in the Northern Hemisphere have almost all gone back to school, the inevitable discussion about school bags and what our children should be carrying on a daily basis on their back is back on the agenda.

 

 

14 Aug 2014

Learning letters


LJ, 4, has been "writing" her name for some time now. The letters she write though are all jumbled up and some are upside down. This is, apparently, a completely normal stage of literacy development. And as Germany has a very relaxed attitude towards literacy, it has not evolved much. One of my goal for her summer break is to try and change that.

11 Aug 2014

5 untold truths about living in Germany

You know these little habits that make the Germans and Germany so loveable (or not)? Here are 5 things that will always remind you you are living in Germany (just in case you had forgotten). Some of them annoy me, others I have learnt to live with!


7 Aug 2014

5 myths about raising multilingual children

When it comes to raising multilingual children, most of us have had advice thrown at us whether we wanted it or not. Often that advice is based on fears and clichés. Of course, there is the well-known "your kids will be confused" myths that we have all heard about and have all, hopefully, completely ignored (as it is 100% unfounded).

 

 

There are also some myths which are often engrained in people who may be a little more aware of the benefits of multilingualism. I would call them advanced myths. These are statements you may hear or read about in basic literature about raising multilingual children. Often, they will come from people who are aware of the benefits of multilingualism but who may not have experienced it themselves or have not raised multilingual children.

Below I outline 5 myths/ideas which I think need to be clearly laid out and explained as they are unfounded.

4 Aug 2014

Explaining pregnancy to young children {book review}

When I was pregnant, we looked for books to explain to LJ (3/4 years old) what was going to happen. She was rather anxious about changes that would/might arise. She had imagined things that made her very clingy and emotional. She loves books and stories and would happily spend a whole day reading books. So we thought this would be the perfect way to explain how things would work with another family member.


22 Jul 2014

Un weekend à Paris

As I am about to leave for a little break, I leave you to enjoy a virtual stroll in Paris, one of my favourite cities in the world.


18 Jul 2014

Another Brazil: my story


You may have noticed that I like to write about Brazil. You may wonder why that is. Well, wonder no more. I am going to explain myself here.

15 Jul 2014

Our unique bilingual family? {a piri sojourner}

Today, I bring you this post by Olena Centeno from Bilingual Kids Rock in which she reflects about the unique nature of her bilingual family. A lot of multilingual families out there will surely identify with some (if not all) of the issues she mentions. I know I do.


I Thought Our Bilingual Family Was Unique - But It Turns Out We're Not!

11 Jul 2014

Playmobil turns 40

Germany's small towns are great at creating and hosting small businesses that specialise in something very particular and quickly take on the world in their own market. Birkenstock, Huf, and Playmobil are some names you may have heard of. 


8 Jul 2014

Why the World Cup is not all that bad


I never was into football much. 
I am not even sure I understand the offside rule. 
I got to watch it because my husband likes to watch some matches once in a while (he is by no means a huge fan either). 

4 Jul 2014

What I love and hate about my expat life {a Piri Sojourner}

Today's Piri Sojourner is Olga. Olga has become a great friend through different blogging networks and I know I can always count on her for help. 
Olga is a Polish woman living in The Netherlands with her three children and German husband. She is an expat, like me, and is also raising a multicultural family.  Here, she explains what is great about being expat and what is not so great. I think I share most of the points (if not all) she makes here. 


30 Jun 2014

Multilingualism in my family: Phoebe's story

It has been a long time since I posted one of those: Multilingualism in my family. This month we meet Phoebe and her family. She lives in France and is raising her children to speak French and English. I love how languages seem to flow very naturally at the dinner table!
You can find out more about her family and life on her blog.

French-English sign in Canada via Scazon on Flickr

26 Jun 2014

Santos Populares or the Saints festivities in Portugal


June is a very special month in Portugal. It is not because there is the World Cup or because it is the beginning of summer. It is because towns, villages and cities all around the country celebrate different saints and these celebrations mean big popular parties in the streets all around Portugal.

24 Jun 2014

Is My Child Highly Sensitive or Introvert? {a Piri Sojourner}

Is your child an introvert or extrovert? My little 4-year-old is more of an introvert. I have been reading a lot about how to develop their character without making them feel uneasy or bad about themselves. In particular, I loved the advice I read recently about not labelling them as shy in front of others as this has quite a negative connotation. Then I stumbled upon Amanda's articles about introvert children and highly sensitive children.  She agreed to write about the difference between the two for me here. So is my child highly sensitive or an introvert?


22 Jun 2014

Fado: Portugal's popular music


Continuing on our mission to learn more about Portugal, today's post is about fado. You may like to read this when you can have sound turned on to better enjoy the beautiful songs below.

Fado was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2011 as the urban popular song of Portugal. In particular, it recognises that fado "strengthens the feeling of belonging and identity within the community of Lisbon".

Silent Sunday



19 Jun 2014

10 tips to visit Rio with kids

With the World Cup now in full swing and the Olympics coming to Rio in a couple of years, I am sure many families will be taking advantage of Brazil's popularity to visit the country and Rio, in particular. We visited a couple of years ago with a toddler. We loved the city and there was plenty to do with a young child. Brazilians are very family-oriented. You will often find that while locals may come to you to try and sell you things on the beach or in the street, for example, often families will be left alone and/or sellers will not be as pushy. 


16 Jun 2014

Portuguese chorizo bread

It is an odd day today. We will be watching a game where we will be rooting for a team while most of the other people around us will be rooting for the opposite team (literally).  As we live in Germany, I guess our cheers will be quiet against the huge backdrop of German cheers in the city. 


As Portugal plays its first match against Germany today, we celebrate by munching on these little breads while watching the game. These are family favourites and great comfort food.

5 Jun 2014

Connecting with an older child while nursing your newborn {a Piri Sojourner}



Today's Piri Sojourner is Leanna from All Done Monkey. Leanna is a woman extraordinaire. She is raising two sons, writes a parenting blog and runs our amazing little community of Multicultural Kid Blogs. I don't know where she finds the time! 
I needed help with entertaining my oldest while breastfeeding the youngest and I knew she was the right person for some tips as she had just gone through it herself. I have two say her last two ideas: baby-wearing and co-sleeping have been my life- (and sanity)-savers this time round too!

My son was so excited to have a brother.  Yet after the baby was born he needed plenty of reassurance from us that his place in the family was secure and that his world hadn't changed too much.
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