Viewing the World through Mom-Coloured Glasses

I woke up crying this morning at 4 a.m. You know those awful, inescapable dreams that seem so real? I was watching a little four-year-old girl in a classroom get bullied for the way she spoke. Innocently, with a shy smile, she repeated the horrible things that the kids told her to say, but then […]

Airplane Anxiety: toddlers, babies, and long-haul flights

I don’t know if I should be terrified or defensive. (Excitement has not yet entered into the equation.) Some people say we’re insane; others think it’s great. In four days’ time, I’ll be boarding a claustrophobic airplane with a three-year-old, nine-month-old, stroller, baby food, diapers, and toys in tow, for an eight-hour trans-Atlantic flight, followed by […]

How to sleep 9 people with a pup tent

Research has commenced for our upcoming trip to Italy, Sardinia, and Croatia.  In a couple of months, we’ll pack up the kids and haul them across the Atlantic, along with my fifteen-year-old brother, for three long weeks of exploration, language immersion, great food, and visits with relatives and friends we haven’t seen in years.  To […]