Category Archives: Parenthood

Tales of parenting in Nairobi…

Kids in conversation

Do your kids make you laugh with the funny stuff they say? Heidi has been getting more and more chatty lately, and has been surprising us with her observations. Meanwhile, Claire seems to be getting more grown up every day. Here … Continue reading

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My daughter’s quirky bedtime habits

As you all know, Heidi’s sleep has never been easy. Thankfully, things greatly improved earlier this year when we finally broke down and hired a sleep consultant! (We got our lives back – seriously.) But Heidi is still Heidi, and … Continue reading

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A fun pumpkin craft to do with the kids

It’s October, which is pumpkin season in the U.S.! Therefore, I’ve been making all things pumpkin lately – pumpkin swirl brownies, pumpkin smoothies, and even pumpkin ice cream. Since Claire wanted to get in on the action, we decided to … Continue reading

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Voting from Abroad: World Moms Network

I’m over at World Moms Network today, writing about voting in the U.S. election and teaching my kids to be future voters. Please click through to read more! PS – I’m off to the beach for the weekend, all alone! Stay tuned for details … Continue reading

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Thinking about going back to work

So. I’ve been thinking about going back to work, after five – FIVE! – years of being a stay at home mom. At times I feel SO ready to get back out there. Other times, I fear going back to work, … Continue reading

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Perspective: seeing your child through someone else’s eyes

Sometimes we need a bit of perspective. Claire is a wonderful kid, but she can also have quite the attitude. At times she frustrates me beyond belief, and I have to work REALLY hard not to respond in anger. (And I don’t … Continue reading

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Potty training a stubborn toddler – save me!

Oh potty training. We’re in the thick of it with Heidi, and we can’t seem to get to the finish line. We started potty training around her second birthday, because she was showing lots of signs of readiness – going … Continue reading

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Jokes that make my 5 year old laugh

This summer, Claire started to really appreciate jokes. We went to the beach with my best friend and her family, and her son, Tommy, LOVES to tell jokes. Claire couldn’t get enough! Her ability to craft her own joke needs some… … Continue reading

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Check us out, barely coping on the first day of school

Monday was the first day of school, and we were wildly unprepared. WILDLY. UNPREPARED. I egregiously underestimated how hard it would be to start the new school year just two short days after arriving home.

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The best trick for coping with jet lag

Last year, we dealt with some pretty horrendous jet lag when we came to the U.S. In fact, Heidi never really got over it, and it was the start of a year of VERY LITTLE SLEEP. This year, I had … Continue reading

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