My Facebook page is bubbling with excitement this week, as three members of my friends and family are due to receive their household goods shipment. Somehow, the arrival of your previously treasured possessions brings home the reality that you are somewhere for the long haul, and for the kids especially, it comes as a [...]

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You’ve got to love teenage boys. When faced with a challenge, they take a long hard look at the problem, assess what needs to be done, and then choose the most complicated, messy and stressful way to achieve their goals. And then call in their mothers.

The problem of the moment was the latest [...]

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I can’t pretend to be a child development expert, nor a global relocation counselor, but having transitioned two children through a total of 15 schools over 3 continents in 11 years, I’ve worked out a few basic rules of my own for getting from A to B while minimizing tantrums, traumas and general rebellion. [...]

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Update – He has just received his PSAT results (yet another test of which we have very little knowledge) and apparently his results were considerably better than his grades predicted. He is now avidly consulting college resources to explore his career options, with the current frontrunner being anesthesiologist. The reason for this? “It’s well paid, [...]

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It’s no longer just putting pen to paper – like many expat and TCK kids, mine rely on social networking sites to keep in contact with friends around the world. But while we keep track of them in the real world, Zonealarm’s infographic outlines just why we should be doing the same in the online [...]

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Newsletter Nightmares

On December 11, 2011 By

I’m about to wring Robin’s neck. The Robin in question is not a bird, nor a person, but the round type that circulates at this time of year. The really, really annoying kind.

I seem to have morphed into a manners guru, doling out guidance on everything from parenting to organization, none of which I [...]

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There is a code of parenting solidarity, that guides our behavior in those early years. It’s there for a reason – to provide a large group of people who will provide support, comfort, alcohol and surveillance services through your child’s teenage years. For those of you who may not be familiar with this unspoken [...]

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I’ve just found the most brilliant, useful app that the world has ever seen. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s still pretty darn cool.

It’s the Big App from Kodak, which effectively takes any picture (or scan etc) that you upload (or choose one that [...]

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Any minute, the Less Wiggy One (he’s had a haircut) will be eligible to start driving, and having spent today driving what amounts to a stick shift Go Cart with the steering wheel on the wrong side around the back roads of Gloucestershire with him making helpful comments, I’m almost excited. ┬áIn an effort [...]

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Artistic License

On November 10, 2011 By

I have just sat through my daughter’s school production of Alice in Wonderland, and I now realize that I am a total literary dunce. I had no idea that it was all so confusing.

The problem with Lewis Carroll is that his writing breaks all my golden rules for enjoyment of a children’s production. [...]

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