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…

Our Little Chalet in the Mountains

As a young teenager I used to live from one holiday to the next. Well, actually it was one ski holiday to the next. Being Swiss, my father, to this day an avid alpinist (mountain climber and passionate skier), always made sure we took full advantage of the Shell home-leave packages we had as benefits…

Mixing Foods

My sister Sarah loves Marmite. This makes travelling easy, or at least returning from a trip with a gift for Sarah: a jar of Marmite and you’re sorted. Now, I’ve always said that when it comes to spotting a person’s true nationality (a game I used to play at airports), you can tell where someone comes…

Planning a Holiday for Five

It’s that dreaded holiday period again. We’re not really planners, my partner and I, not at the best of times. But this holiday we surpassed even ourselves and decided that we liked the idea of just “going with the flow.” The children liked this idea at first, but then they didn’t. They think the idea…

Some Adventure in Our Holidays

The sun has finally made it out. After a rainy spring the kids are excited to finally put on their shorts for school, and every day they ask when we are going to put up our pool in the garden. I’m thinking further down the line, wondering what I’d like to do for the summer…

A Third-Culture Parent Grows Up

One of the advantages of growing up between worlds as a third-culture, modern-day nomad is that you can manipulate your emotional growth according to your needs and desires. Let me explain. As a girl, I always felt that moving away from one best friend to finding a new friend in the new country we were moving…

Learning to Laugh Properly

I like to laugh. Not all the time, but every now and then. I feel it’s a good, healthy thing to do, and, well, it’s fun. To use a musical term, one could say that yes, my laugh is somewhat forte. It’s a nice, round-bellied laugh from deep within. I always imagined most people would…

Shaping Traditions

In our family we have a tradition of always arriving late. Now, I don’t know if this really counts as a tradition (and I have often wondered how this is possible with our Swiss DNA – shouldn’t we have punctuality programmed in there somewhere?), but the point is, we must have picked it up in…

The Culture Behind Motherhood

Like most people, I have many opinions about motherhood – three kids’ worth, in fact – though that doesn’t mean I didn’t have thoughts on motherhood before kids. Regardless of the fact that there is nothing at all that can prepare you for the reality of it, there is one opinion that keeps on popping…