October 2017: Shadow and Light

‘Shadow and Light’ is the topic for our current October / November 2017 issue. Life, in general, is filled with shadow and light, ups and downs, highs and lows and family life is not exempt from that. In fact, as a parent, you may at times feel there is more shadow than light as life’s…

Helping Out: Days for Girls

Living in a developed country like Switzerland, we take a lot of things for granted: clean water, education, and free time, to name a few. But one thing we rarely discuss is feminine hygiene, which affects millions of women and girls around the world every month. Over the past two years, I’ve learned quite a…

Relationship Friction Among Girls: What Parents Can Do

I’m sitting there facilitating a Girl Power group of fifth and sixth graders, and listening to the girls talk about the problems they have with friends. Mary*, a sweet 11-year-old, says that when she started in school, the other girls ignored her because she was German. She describes how they wouldn’t talk to her, and…

Of Ghosts and Unicorns and Quite a Few Metaphors

“I’m going to dress up as a unicorn this Halloween!” my youngest child tells me, glitter-eyed. I don’t think this is really in the spirit of Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival of the liminal, when ghosts and spirits walk among us. But it’s not as bad as the year she wanted to go as Twilight…

Personality and Relationships

Suppose it is so that people differ in temperament and that therefore their behavior is just as inborn as their body build. Then we do violence to others when we assume such differences to be flaws and afflictions.  David Keirsey In my early 20s, I was a waitress for a while. One of my co-workers…

Notes for New Fathers

Hello, soon-to-be dads as well as you guys who are just thinking about it. This piece is for you. I think it’s nice to share tips and stories with each other. So here we go with a few of the big things I have learned as I approach ten years of being a dad. The…

Feel the Flow

During a recent trip to London, I had the pleasure of talking with a lovely shop owner who suddenly began to discuss her love and admiration for the game of golf. This caught me off guard, because I had never envisioned a fashion-minded owner of a high-end boutique to be remotely interested in a game…