What’s On for Families: Basel

Events, Theater & Performances Theater Arlecchino presents: Pippi Langstrumpf Oct. 21 to Feb. 7, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at 14:30 Wettrenne – oder: Haas & Igel, wer isch dr Schnäller? Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at 10:00 Dr Santiglaus kunnt ins Theater Dec. 6 at 17:30 Silberbüx Dec. 10 at 11:00 and 14:30 Froschkönig –…

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…

Adapting to the Society We Live in

When I first started working as a teacher in Liestal, Switzerland, I remember holding onto the pre-conceived idea that Swiss people aren’t really known for their friendliness. Why on earth did the other teachers in the staff room never greet me when I entered or say good-bye when I left, regardless of the size of…

The Light and Dark of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be a source of pleasure and great happiness, but for many it is a time of worry, even controversy. Your baby is there, you are filled with joy and even relief. It is a beautiful moment, filled with light. But there can also be shadows. You might have had a difficult birth – perhaps…

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…

The Shadow Side of the Expat Experience

This column does not shy away from the shadow side of the expat experience, as you know! Nevertheless there is a difference between politely hinting at negative, experienced realities and getting a huge Maglite torch and shining a light into the shadows. Let us get a giant pack of batteries and begin. It starts with…

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…