Nana Dolly’s Lamb Korma

Nana Dolly’s Korma was always a Sunday lunch or a special-occasion meal. I was a pre-teen when my love affair with cooking began. I would watch my Nana like a hawk as she made her way through her kitchen, no recipe book in sight and a sure hand. A fistful of fresh coriander and mint,…

What Are You Laughing At?

  What am I laughing at? Nothing right now, thank you for asking. The fact is, I have abused my sense of humour so badly that I think it’s broken. I have pretend-laughed at too many mangled punchlines, fake-chuckled at knock-knock jokes that make absolutely no sense, and grimace-smiled at countless pranks that began with…

A Day in the Life of a Hospital Clown

My husband Nicolas and I met in 2005 over boiled eggs in a hotel in Hannover. We were working at a theatre festival, he with a mask-theatre company and I as a giant kangaroo on bouncing stilts (true!). We were excited to discover that we were both “hospital clowns” – he in Switzerland and I…

Laughing and Learning

Why did Miss Tomato turn red?   …  She saw Mr. Green pea. Not funny? Well, you are not in third grade. If you are reading this, you are most likely over 18 and a parent. BUT, you are also interested in what makes your kids laugh, learn, and apply logic. Kids love jokes, and according…

Giggle Parenting for the Morning Rush

Using humour in parenting is the focus of this question and answer. It’s reprinted with permission from Kate Orson’s website. Kate is a Hand in Hand parenting instructor. Hi Kate, I would love some advice on how to be more playful and laugh and relax with my kids. I am often way too serious and…

Laughter Yoga

Ho, Ho, Ho! Ha, Ha, Ha! Hee, Hee, Hee! Laughter helps us to experience more fun and joy and enables us to deal with and/or let go of the stresses and strains in our lives. When you laugh, it is like you are playing and having fun whilst making yourself happy and healthy. What is…

Good News from Lemlem Baro School

Mothering Matters Switzerland has been supporting the registered Swiss charity, Ethiopian Enterprises over the last two years with financial contributions and by coordinating a book drive in 2016 for the new library at the Lemlem Baro School. What a year 2016 was for Ethiopian Enterprises, its board members and supporters, and the school community of…

Christmas Cookies the Swiss Way

Wiehnachtsguetzli (Christmas cookies) are a substantial part of a Swiss Christmas. Everyone makes them – parents with their children, young urbanites, elderly ladies – there’s even an expression in Swiss German for the activity of making Christmas cookies: we call it guetzle, used as a verb, while Guetzli is the cookie itself. A fair share…

Homemade Marbled Paper Holiday Cards

‘Tis the season of plentiful craft ideas! During the holidays there are so many fun crafts and decorations you can make with your kids. From the classic candy cane with reindeer antlers to something a little more original, there’s no shortage of fun holiday crafts and activities.  This year my son and I decided to…