Category: Inspiration

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Holiday Project for Bad Weather Days

Food and flags seem a good combination for an afternoon of fun and connection with your children. If you cannot find your country’s flag below, make it up! NATIONAL FLAGS MADE FROM EACH COUNTRY’S TRADITIONAL FOODS As part of a promotion for the Sydney International Food Festival, the advertising agencyWHYBIN\TBWA designed 18...

Second Honeymooners

When our Children leave Home for Good

Somehow when our daughters were growing up, discussing the future had always implied the years ahead for all of us together. We moved to China together for one more adventure ‘en famille – before the girls would go off to university’ but somehow the reality of what would happen afterwards...

TEDxHouston|Talk on Vulnerability and Shame

Best empowering talk I have heard in a long time. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston who has spent the past ten years studying sensitive topics such as vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on...

East and West – Motherhood around the World

Becoming a parent is a journey of self discovery, influenced by who we are and where we are. In her column “Motherhood around the World” Joanna Goddard, shares the points of view of American mothers on how the country they are living in influences the way they bring up their...

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This Camera is better than an iPhone.

Have you noticed how more and more we live our life through a lens? I am certainly guilty of it myself. I need to be able to remember the special moments in my life, the smiles, the faces, the colours, the happy times. I need to capture them on camera...

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What I love about Beijing

        I went for a walk in my neighborhood on a mid Summer evening and here is a vignette of what I saw:   The family giving their 4 guinea pigs a taste of fresh grass, each on a bright red leash. The group of Grannies chatting...

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Hug Them While You Can

Raising a child is the most difficult task in the World.  It may be really challenging at times, but it goes by quickly and when the children are grown up there is no going back. It is therefore important to do the best we can at all times, so that...

Grannies dancing in the park in Winter

Grannies Dancing in Beijing Parks

Four degrees below zero (-4C) on a wintery Sunday afternoon… Who would have thought it was suitable for a dance in the park?  Elderly Chinese people have a wonderful tradition to meet up and exercise together outdoors in the city parks. Following a teacher, they dance elegantly, some times in...

Lotus Flower in Beihai Park Beijing

Poem on Children

    In his book “THE PROPHET”, Kahlil Gibran has written poems which have inspired me in times of doubt. I find this essay on “Children” calming.  It brings me peace and direction on days when I feel lost and confused.       Your children are not your children. They are...