Fathering: Once, Twice, Three Times a Baby

Once, Twice, Three Times a Baby

  Being a first-time father was amazing for me. Becoming a father for the second time was also amazing, but not in the same way. Three times a father turned my life upside down. I have two girls and a boy. When our first daughter was born, all of the emotions and thoughts of becoming…

Never Too Young to Help

Never Too Young to Help

My mother lived with us for the last two years of her life; she died shortly after achieving her 100th birthday. She was practically blind, could not hear, and was almost immobile. Her needs and wants became increasingly vocal as her frailness increased. It was sometimes very hard to cope. But the bright spots were…

Understanding Our Children and Ourselves

Understanding Our Children and Ourselves

The caring instinct lasts a lifetime, but how we show it changes as a child grows. We all know as parents that the fact we care for and love our children does not mean we should do everything for them or give them everything they ask for. Caring can mean being firm even in difficult…

Developmental Daycare: Care with a Difference

Developmental Daycare: Care with a Difference

To many of us working parents, the term “daycare” (Kindertagesstätte, Kita or Krippe in the German-speaking part of Switzerland) simply means taking responsibility for the safety and happiness of our children while we are working. In a developmental daycare, however, the backgrounds and training of the childcare workers lead to care with a difference. Good…

Science Museum Excursions in Zurich and Elsewhere

Science Museum Excursions in Zurich and Elsewhere

One of the bonuses of living in Switzerland is the ability to visit an abundance of museums specializing in natural and physical sciences, natural history and nature. My kids and I have spent so many Sundays and Wednesdays visiting these amazing centers for curiosity, exploration, knowledge, and fun that it is difficult for me to…

Twinville: Bring It On

Bring It On

I came across a funny cartoon recently with a mother saying “I don’t have a nine-to-five job; I have a from-the-moment-I-open-my-eyes-till-the-moment-I-close-them job.” Having three-and-a-half-year-old twins, I felt that this described my life quite accurately. It also reminded me of a conversation I heard on the train between two men, a dad of twins and his…

Third Culture Matters: The Culture of Caring

The Culture of Caring

Supposing there is a gene for caring, I don’t have it. If I wasn’t quite sure before kids, I definitely know now – at least when it comes to all the thankless, menial labour that comes along with having three kids to tend to. I’m quite aware of the implications this may have for me…

La Leche League: Caring for Babies and Their Mums

Caring for Babies and Their Mums

The birth of La Leche League took place in the early 1950s in the U.S. – nearly sixty years ago. At that time, bottle-feeding was considered the best way to feed a baby, because formula was thought to be superior to breast milk – it was sterile and its amount could easily be measured in…

In the Kitchen: Glorious Bone Broth

Glorious Bone Broth

My elderly neighbor recently asked me to make her a soup, the type of chicken soup her mother made for her as a child in the 1930s – chicken soup made from bone broth and vegetables. I was delighted to see the sparkle in her eyes return after she had been consuming the soup for…