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INTERVIEWS
5 Questions With… Samantha Barnes of Raddish Kids
In this age of female empowerment and the continuous search for balance between work and family, it's so refreshing to read Samantha's 5 Questions With interview below. Her company, Raddish Kids (a monthly cooking club for kids -- more below), values this balance. Samantha supports the parents in her team to be flexible and wants them ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Memorizing Poetry, a lost art? Let's talk about the benefits.
I'm just back from Community Meeting at my children's school, which is a short weekly gathering of all the children in grades PreK-3 (so, ages 4 through 8 or 9 years old) and their parents. Typically at Community Meetings we sing together or listen to presentations from various classes on their studies, but the theme of ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Why being kind makes you happier!
Earlier this week, Lara in London sent me this wonderful article in The Sydney Morning Herald (her husband worked on the studies involved at Kindness.org), and it really hit home with me. The article shows a link between kindness and happiness. Reading it, I was reminded of an analogy my friend, Jeremy, shared with me ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Would you let your children get lost at night and let them find their own way back home?
Recently, an interesting article appeared in the New York Times, and so many of my friends and followers reached out to me about it. Is it true? Do you really do it? The topic of the article is about a particular 'game' we play in the Netherlands which is called 'dropping'. In a nutshell, children ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Let experiences be! How playing back memories on a mobile phone can re-shape our memories.
A couple of weeks ago Lara sent me an interesting NY Times article: Is the immediate playback of events changing children's memories? It has definitely made me re-think the way I share photos and videos to my children. Don't get me wrong -- I don't think it's bad to let them watch videos of past events, ...
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PARENTING
What are your favourite podcasts?
A few months ago I started listening to podcasts while I fold the laundry, and it is actually life changing! I don't know what took me so long, but better late than never! Instead of folding laundry on a daily basis, I've started piling up our clean, dry laundry and keeping it in a big ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
The power of women — an interesting article about female endurance
A few weeks ago, Tamar was telling me about an article he was reading in the newspaper. About a certain kind of super-marathons, where athletes run for days and days with hardly any sleep or rest. I had never heard of these kind of races, but when he mentioned that the article discussed the fact ...
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PARENTING
When teens get upset -- how best to respond
  My mom sent this New York Times article to me last week, and I found it both comforting and incredibly helpful. Reading it, I had one of these 'aha!' moments of parenting clarity. I realised that whenever Easton has come to me upset lately, I have this urge to immediately try to say something or get ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Thursday Thoughts: The benefits of boredom
I know we've touched on the topic of boredom in the past (in this post about after-school activities), but this new opinion piece on boredom in the New York Times really resonated with me and I thought it makes for an interesting discussion. The article touches on the fact that boredom spawns creativity and self-sufficiency, and ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Let's talk morning routines (and an interesting approach)
We are well and truly back to school over here in Paris. The long nights and slow mornings of the summer holidays are over. It's back to the real life routine. I just read this article and it really struck home with me. As I have mentioned before, mornings are not our forte. We are ...
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HOUSEKEEPING AND ORGANIZATION
2018: My personal goals
Happy New Year everyone! I've just dusted off my computer, dug up a shiny new notebook and made myself a cup of lemon/ginger/kurkuma/honey tea. 2018 is going to be a great year, and of course I'm kicking it of with big plans! Here's my list of personal aims and goals for this year: 1. Be ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
Thursday Thoughts: To shave or not to shave
  Okay ladies, a funny thing happened to me this week. I posted this photo (above) on my Instagram feed to feature a watch brand I like and to talk about the two opposing sides of my personal style, as reflected by my wrists. But, the comments and conversation quickly became focused on my arm hair!!! Some people told me "it looked gross," while others suggested I ...
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EDUCATION
Maths with Lego
I am always looking for more ways of teaching maths in a tangible way to my kids. This is partly because one of the slight disadvantages of the French school system is that teaching is very academic. It is also because I want the children to understand at an early age how genuinely useful, fun ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
A personal uniform
I just read this article about a woman who has decided to wear a "uniform" to work everyday, which was originally written for Harper's Bazaar. I thought it would be fun to share, just because this morning I had yet again the work clothes panic: what should I wear? My daily morning routine involves getting the kids ...
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GOOD READS
Find us in this month's issue of Red Magazine
We are super duper excited to be featured in this month's issue of Red Magazine! The team from Red Mag came over last month for an interview and to snap some photos, and I'm excited to finally see the photos and read the article. I chat about family life, my views on TV, the pros and ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Why Do Kids Lie?
Here is a typical situation in our household: I hear a little pair of feet running off toward the bathroom in a hurry and then there is silence. Approximately two minutes later the little feet run off again. I then yell: "have you flushed the toilet and washed your hands?" and the answer is inevitably ...
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GOOD READS
An interview on The Daily Muse
I was extremely excited to be asked for an interview over on Fenwick's online magazine The Daily Muse. I have always loved the children's department at Fenwick -- for years it has been my go-to place to find unique children's gifts, and I've recently been really impressed with their blossoming childrenswear department which includes many of our favourite ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Finnish Babies in a Box
Have you heard of this custom in Finland? I just read this article and had to share it! Every baby born in Finland receives a box from the state full of clothes, a sleeping bag, accessories and toys. The box can then be used as a bed. Everyone receives it, so it has become part of ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Organ donation and one mum's incredible story
Last month at our ShopUp event, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow London mum, Louise Hannon. We started talking about children and life in London, and she told me her incredible story about her son's illness, his life-threatening surgeries at Great Ormond Street Hospital and his heart transplant through organ donation. We spoke about organ ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
Are We There Yet?
Have you been following the Rosetta mission on the news lately?  I have been a bit obsessed in the last few days to see if the mission of landing an unmanned space craft on a comet that is about 6bn kilometres away from earth was going to work, so improbably and yet, somehow it landed! ...
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FOOD
What kids around the world eat for breakfast
I am sure a lot of you have come across this article in the New York Times but I still wanted to post it, as I think it is so interesting to see how differently children eat. At my flat we are so used to eating sweet things in the morning, be it cereal, porridge (very ...
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INTERESTING ARTICLES
The importance of handwriting
There are a lot of things I like about my kids schooling in France --  there are also a lot of things I criticise. Compared to the children of my Anglo-Saxon friends, school seems to be so rigid over here. One of the things I found unnecessarily strict here is the importance placed on handwriting. ...
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GOOD READS
Get organised! This month's column in Baby&Me Magazine
Every year I promise myself I'll be organised come the first day of school. I'll be ready for early morning wake-ups and prepared for the rush to school. But no matter my best intentions, I'm never ready. We still have another two weeks until school starts for my kids, but this year I'm determined to be ...
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Multiplication flowers! Get your kids to draw these pretty flowers and they will learn their math at the same time! A great creative activity.
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Children’s art is so cute, and of course it’s so unique. No one else will have an art piece like yours! Why not use it to make your home a reflection of the people who live there. Here are some fun ways to display your children’s art in your home.
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This is a fun and easy knitting project for kids. My mum taught this to me and my siblings and we used to knit our own slippers each winter. It’s a great project for beginner knitters, and easily adjustable for different sizes of feet.
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Ask any busy mother who works from home — it certainly isn’t as easy as it sounds! Whether working from home is your norm or your new normal, here are some helpful tips for making the most of it whilst juggling family demands on the side.
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Do you feel like your children’s stuff is taking over your home? Do your kids have too many toys? Here are some helpful tips for reducing the clutter.
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Tried and tested family games your kids will love!
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Use an egg carton to create a rainbow scavenger hunt for your toddler. All they have to do is find an object of the right colour!
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