How To Write Your Own Children’s Travel Guide (For Three To Eight Year Olds)

There are four ways to use books to prepare children for travel, but some involve more cake than others. Way Number 1 – Read age-appropriate non-fiction books about the destination Advantages One hundred… Continue reading

Teaching kids to pack: a prospective, randomised, uncontrolled trial

Parents of young travellers have concocted a variety of tools to aid in the development of packing skills in their children, as they transition from incapable neonates to mature adults. In this experiment,… Continue reading

ANZAC Biscuit Diplomacy: a statement on food, national identity, and home-made costumes involving paper plates

from:  Æ to:  Bronwyn date:  21 July 2014 08:49 subject:  So apparently “We have two children going to school now and both of them are expected to be racially harmonious. Don’t forget to… Continue reading

On Death And Writing and Lee Kuan Yew

A couple of people have asked where I’ve been, and this is the story. It’s about writing, and death, and the fact that I now have two children attending school at the same… Continue reading

Clash Of The Suitcases: Toddlers v Nonagenarians

Judging by your comments on the last post, you’re about to be shocked. And then excited! See, one of the first things I did when we started talking about this trip was invite… Continue reading

Dragon Hunting In Scotland

I keep asking people if they’ve visited the Shetland Islands and they keep saying, “Why would you go there?” and the answer, of course, is, “Duh.” Usually, I would try to answer more eloquently (or… Continue reading

Chinese New Year: Handy Phrases For Dining At A Chinese Restaurant With Kids

The best thing about starting a new calendar year in Singapore is that if you have a bit of a stuff up – say you spend the first night on an aeroplane with two… Continue reading

I Don’t Wish You A Merry Christmas

I’ll be upfront. We mainly started the charity card tradition as a pre-emptive strike against Gift Disappointment. We figured we’d pair our kids’ presents with an Oxfam picture of a similarly-aged child who was… Continue reading

Because I’m Not That Kind Of Kiasu (I’m A Slightly Different Kind)

We went in to order P’s school books on the way to the airport a couple of weeks back (yes, we had all our suitcases, it was a comedy of… suitcases…) and the woman… Continue reading

#Countdown2Xmas: Advent-ures in Calendar Making

I was organised this year. I found one of these cute little Kaiser Craft house things with twenty-five windows and thought, “Ooh! The kids and I will have fun! We’ll decorate it ourselves… Continue reading

Packing Cabin Baggage For Kids

Recently, someone asked me what we pack into our hand luggage when flying with kids. Specifically, what happened was my father hoisted our bag into the car at the airport, exclaiming, “Heavens above! What… Continue reading

Bits of November: The Thing About Coming Home

To summarise: I left my job. I looked for a new job! I found a Christmas locum. It was in Australia. I am in Australia now. It’s been one of those weeks. There have… Continue reading

One Thousand Plus Friends On Facebook

Frenchie is inspired. Matt Kuleza, a student from Melbourne, is teaching us a lesson about friendship. Over the next three or so years he’ll have coffee with more than a thousand “friends”, and write about… Continue reading