Posts Tagged "children"

Helping toddlers and young children cope with change and moving overseas

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

Helping toddlers and young children cope with change and moving overseas

I’m back on the writer’s schedule for A Life Overseas after my “maternity leave”. Here’s today’s post… If you have a toddler or young child and you’ve moved overseas, you might have learned (as I am learning) that the adage that kids are resilient doesn’t mean that change doesn’t cost them. Most children might be generally adaptable, but many are firmly attached to valued routines and known, safe spaces. Moving comes at an energy and emotional cost to young children, just as it does to adults. It’s been a week today since I arrived back in...

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First world problems and book baby woes

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Writing | 5 comments

First world problems and book baby woes

The bad news: I have to delay my book launch by at least a week. Estimated launch date is now June 11th. The good news: We have warm, dry beds and clothes to wear. I didn’t die in childbirth, and my baby has enough to eat.   I’ve encountered one frustration after another in the final stages of preparing the print version Love At The Speed Of Email for publication. The latest stumbling block has been the cover. My printer cannot seem to upload the beautiful cover that my talented designer Kimberly Glyder designed without mangling it. My printer also cannot seem to be bothered to provide...

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10 things to remember if your child breaks a bone and you are nowhere near a hospital

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Travel | 9 comments

10 things to remember if your child breaks a bone and you are nowhere near a hospital

How’s that for a light-hearted title? I bet you’re well cued that this is going to be one of those laugh-out-loud posts. Or maybe not. Most of you probably won’t be in the position of having your child break a bone and being thirty hours and an international flight away from good medical care, but if you’re a parent thinking this topic through can’t hurt. Presumably, for example, some of you go camping. So today I’m going to share some of the lessons we learned or put into practice last week when Dominic broke his femur. Some of these things we learned the hard way as events...

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T’is The Night Before (A Children’s Story)

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Funny, Life in Laos | 12 comments

T’is The Night Before (A Children’s Story)

It’s 8, and Mama Bear gives a yawn She’s very tired, she’s been up since dawn All day Baby Bear needed loving and feeding Up and down he set emotions stampeding She goes to bed, she begins to count sheep One, two, three, four… Mama Bear is asleep It’s 10, and Mama Bear wakes in the dark Drums and cymbals and music, hark! These are sounds she is daily dreading The loud late strains of a Lao wedding She lies in bed, she begins to count sheep One, two, three, fifty… Mama Bear is asleep It’s 12, and Mama Bear wakes in the dark Papa Bear’s snoring sounds not like a lark She tugs...

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Inflection points

Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Life in Laos | 16 comments

Inflection points

Yesterday morning, right after we got up, I did my weekly weigh in. Apart from one ultrasound in Thailand, taking pregnancy vitamins and stepping on the scale every Saturday morning has pretty much been the sum total of my prenatal care. I suspect that my return to Australia tomorrow is likely to mark the inflection point on this issue (though I must say I haven’t minded avoiding some of the tests that sound like they’re a routine part and parcel of the first 28 weeks if you live within, oh, 500km of good medical facilities). After I stepped off the scale and Mike stepped on, it quickly...

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Back at Home are Mike and I: Jottings on art, parenthood, and home

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Posts with photos, Writing | 12 comments

Back at Home are Mike and I: Jottings on art, parenthood, and home

Well, we’re back from Thailand and we hit the ground running this week. Although, after a full week of looking at this on Koh Tao… And this on Koh Samui… And strolling through resorts… And buying satay off the beach… And dining in lovely seaside restaurants as the full moon rises over the ocean… Well… let’s just say I wouldn’t expect any sympathy from anyone if I tried to complain that we’ve had some re-entry shock with getting back to work. So I shall just say that we’re well and truly back at work. Mike returned to scores of...

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Lessons learned about Laos, parenting, and development work, in Phonxai

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Humanitarian work, Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 5 comments

Lessons learned about Laos, parenting, and development work, in Phonxai

On Monday, Mike and I plus the friends we have in town at the moment (Mum, Dad, and three little boys aged six, three, and 8 months) traveled up to Phonxai so that Mike could inspect a school in progress. This was an all day endeavor that involved renting a landrover and spending more than six hours traveling – about five of them on dirt roads. As always when I travel up to the villages here in Laos, it was illuminating. In no particular order, here is a summary of things I learned or relearned on Monday. 1. Northern Laos is lush with mountains and winding dirt roads dug into the side of...

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Great moments

Posted by on Nov 24, 2010 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 9 comments

Great moments

On Monday I wrote a post about a bad day – a day when fatigue and noise came together in a perfect storm. These days happen. They would happen anywhere, but when you’re living overseas it’s particularly easy to externalize bad days and begin to dwell on all the things about your new home that grate on you. Living in Laos (as anywhere) is a mixed bag, and I write about the bad days along with the rest because I am striving to be honest with myself and with you about my experiences – those that are fun, and those that aren’t. I do this because I think there are almost always important...

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What price a child’s life?

Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in Humanitarian work | 4 comments

What price a child’s life?

This afternoon Mike and I sat upstairs on the deck at our place, looking out towards the trees. It was pouring rain. Water was sheeting off the tin roofs of the houses behind us and running down the big green leaves of the coconut trees – arcing off and dropping towards earth in one, unbroken, stream. We were up there because Mike had quit the kitchen table, which was burdened by our two laptops and a stack of documents eight inches thick that he’d bought home to sign over the weekend. The stack was peppered with neon tags demanding his signature. “Mr Michael,” the tags read, one...

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