The More (Languages), the Merrier

There is no doubt that growing up bilingual has many benefits for children. Knowing other languages is an asset, especially in the job market. They are also exposed to other cultures, which broadens one’s horizons. The good points of growing up bilingual or even multilingual are not limited to the children, though. There are definitely…

A Museum Adventure

Summer days spent at the Badi (those lovely outdoor swimming areas by the lakes) are an absolute dream for me. Children are happily swimming, playing in the sand, and running around. Although the days of lying in the sun and reading a book are long gone for me, at least I don’t have to be…

Pushing Past Our Comfort Zone

A few weeks ago I decided I was finally prepared to start potty training Giggles and Cuddles. They’re almost three now and for a while they’ve been curious about what goes on in the bathroom, so I felt they were ready. I also wanted to get it done before the weather got really warm outside,…

You Are Not Alone

I still remember very clearly the day my mother left after staying with me for two months following the birth of Giggles and Cuddles. It was a lovely day around mid-August, and I decided to take the girls out. We went for a stroll by the lake, and that day I just walked and walked…

Enjoy the Ride

The countdown to 2015 has begun and it is a tradition at this season to start putting together the long list of resolutions that for some reason does not change much from year to year. Perhaps this is because I personally fail to achieve much of what I always enthusiastically start the year with. As…

The Journey of Self-discovery

Motherhood has been an eye opener in so many ways, but I guess the most significant for me has been learning about myself. It seems I had a certain image of myself before I became a mother that now seems far removed from the person I have come to know over the past two years.…

Holding On and Letting Go

Although I really loved my school, the end of the summer holidays was never a happy time of year for me. Nothing beats spending the summer with family and friends at the seaside. I haven’t experienced that feeling in a long time (I stopped counting) but this year it’s all coming back. No, I’m not…

Daddy’s Little Girls

Parents of toddlers may think that it is still too early to think about the birds and the bees when it comes to their little ones, but in fact sexual development begins in a child’s very first years. Babies and toddlers not only reach significant physical milestones, like learning to walk, and emotional milestones, like…

Fly Me to the Moon

Zurich is one of the easiest cities to move around in – that is, until you have twins. Let me hasten to point out that the problem is not Zurich at all; it’s the twins. Moving around with twins you need lots of energy, strong muscles and plenty of space. Whether you decide to drive,…

Nurturing Cultural Pride

Culture is one of the things that you may not think about much when you’re living in your own country, but you become a lot more aware of it as part of your identity when you move to another country – even more so when you have children. You find yourself thinking about how you…