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Tuesday Tips: breathe first!
I'm not sure if I can state this generally, but I have the gut feeling I can speak for all mothers here: mamas, we do not take enough time for ourselves. (Speaking for myself, I definitely don't.) Isn't it so easy for us mothers to forget about ourselves, to always put our children and family before ourselves? Aren't ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Tuesday Tips: Keeping a children's travel journal
When I was in Paris last weekend, Emilie and I each bought travel journals for our kids in her local art store. Travel journals are such a fun and educational way to encourage children to contemplate what they have experienced whilst traveling. They're also great for their language skills and artistic development -- when working in their journals, kids are stimulated to express ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Surviving long car journeys with children
OK, the title of this Tuesday Tips might be slightly exaggerated, but really -- I'm not the biggest fan of long car journeys. And especially not with children! I feel like a snack service, entertainment centre and traffic control centre all in one, and that for a very. long. time. Soon we'll have another lengthy car journey ...
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Tuesday tips -- bike safety
We live in bike country here in the Netherlands -- because it's so incredibly flat (we have virtually no mountains whatsoever!) a bike is just the ideal method of transportation. Traffic layout has been optimised for bikes, there are dedicated bike lanes everywhere and we even have special bike-lane traffic lights. With biking in mind, I ...
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Tuesday Tips: Traveling in Paris with kids
Summer here and I thought it was high time to write down some random tips of what to do in my lovely city with kids. Paris is such a great place to visit and so easy to get around that it is a great destination with children, even young ones. But there are a couple ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Tuesday tips: Traveling light (with children)
Summer vacations are around the corner for us and we have lots of exciting travels coming up that we'll be sharing with you soon. In the meantime, we have been thinking about packing tips -- isn't packing suitcases for a family the biggest job ever? Personally, when I'm packing, I prefer my kids to be out of the house, ...
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PARENTING
Tuesday Tips: the art of distraction
Marlow is at a stage (at least I hope it's a stage) where she wants to challenge everything I do/say and try to do everything herself. She wants to pick out her own clothes, wants to brush her own teeth, wants to buckle her own carseat, strap on her own shoes, even wipe her own ...
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About Middle Childhood, and discovering and nurturing passions
A few weeks ago I was talking to one of my friends, a psychologist, and she was mentioning that her oldest, who just turned 11, is nearing the end of her middle childhood. Intrigued by the term middle childhood, which was new to me, she explained that it is the timespan roughly between the age of 6 and ...
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EDUCATION
Tuesday Tips: Girls and Math & Science
Since my last post about multiplication tables I have been thinking about how similar one of my daughters is to me when it comes to learning maths and science. She lately has had a defeatist attitude pop up using the famous phrase: "je suis nulle en math", (I am just terrible at maths). I think it ...
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Tuesday Tips: how to deal with toddler tantrums?
Last week we got an email from one of our readers, asking for a post on the topic of toddler tantrums. Her two-year-old is just starting to have some bouts and tantrums and she said she's desperate for advice from fellow mums. I think this is a bit of a tricky topic, because it is so ...
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Tuesday Tips: Encouraging good table manners
When I was little, my mom would occasionally organise at-home tea parties around the kitchen table for me and my four siblings. We brought out the fancy tea set with tea cups and saucers, we often got dressed up in our fanciest clothes and came to the table looking very proper, and my mom would joke that ...
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Tuesday Tips: photographing your children
Over the 10 years (!!) that we've been blogging, the quality of our photography has improved quite a bit. Cameras have gotten cheaper and better (can you believe there were no iPhones when we started blogging?), easy-to-use editing programs are readily available, and we may or may not have instinctively picked up a thing or two about photography. Taking ...
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Tuesday Tips: Teaching Multiplication Tables
After having finished with nappies, buggies, naps and mushy food, I have been confronted with a new challenge: homework, specifically multiplication tables! Now, some children don't seem to have to learn these by heart as they just know them (as someone helpfully pointed out to me), whilst other take a little bit longer, which is the ...
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Tuesday Tips: Transitioning from one to two...
We've had lots of requests from readers to share tips on dealing with the transition from one child to two (or from two to three, etc.). It's a tricky one for me to answer because it was 8 years ago that my second was born and my memory is foggy, but I wanted to raise the ...
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Tuesday Tips: how to survive the first months of pregnancy
I've been very lucky during my pregnancies -- they have always been fairly easy. I was (of course?) extremely tired in the first months, and feeling nauseous here and there (especially when brushing my teeth or when I smelled the exhausts of cars), but overall, I have actually always really enjoyed those nine months. But it's ...
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Tuesday Tips: Bringing up children Bi-lingually
Having bi-lingual children is great -- it is so impressive to see them jump from one language to the other seamlessly. For our Tuesday Tips series I wanted to jot down a few things I have learned about bringing up children with two languages (though I am by no means an expert). I hope they help ...
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Tuesday Tips: The Dummy Fairy
The 'Dummy Fairy' came to our house last week and flew off with all of Marlow's dummies! And just like that our baby became a 'big girl' (no more bottles, no more nappies, no more dummies!). Marlow went to bed that evening telling all of us that she's a big girl now -- she hopped into ...
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FOOD
Tuesday Tips: (trying to) raise good and healthy eaters
How come some children are good, healthy eaters, and some are super picky and have a difficult relationship with food? Is it a matter of nature, or of nurture? I was recently chatting with my girls' ballet teacher, a lovely lady of sixty-something, and she was telling me about her baby granddaughter, who basically refused to eat ...
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Tuesday Tips: Raising sensitive boys
My father, one of ten children, was raised on a farm in rural America. His parents were Dutch immigrants who had lived through World War II and they were strict, no-nonsense types. They believed in hard work, discipline and obedience.  As a result, my father's sensitive side was mostly ironed out of him at a young ...
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TUESDAY TIPS
Visiting Museums with Children
My husband and I love culture and history, and one of our favourite (weekend) activities is to go to museums. When traveling to new places, but also when we're at home here in Amsterdam, we love to discover the information and inspiration that museums can offer us. Our love for museums has certainly rubbed off on our children ...
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Tuesday tips: Open-ended play and evergreen toys
Today for Tuesday Tips I would like to talk about toys. The kind of toys that I prefer in our house are the basic, evergreen kind of toys. I like toys that are well made, with a simple concept, that can be used and combined in different ways or played with in different settings. Toys that ...
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Tuesday Tips: Going back to work
A few people have asked lately for tips on going back to work following the birth of a baby, because let's face it --  leaving the baby bubble and heading back into the real world is a challenge for EVERYONE (I defy anyone who says that they did not have even the smallest bit of anxiety ...
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Tuesday Tips: Raising Happy Sleepers
As I've written before, it always surprises me how much pressure our society puts on baby sleep. It seems that from the moment babies are born, the questions inevitably roll in from friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers in the supermarket: 'how is he sleeping?', 'how long is he sleeping between feeds?' and even 'is he ...
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