Where Midwives are Worth Gold

Before moving to Switzerland, I never really imagined myself being a mother, let alone birthing naturally without any pain killers, with only the assistance of my husband and midwife, and delivering both my sons in public hospitals…  A Journey to Choosing Natural Birth Having assisted a number of deliveries during my medical schooling in the…

Snow Trekking with Kids

Not a fan of the chilly Swiss winter months? Or can’t wait for the snow to melt to pack your picnics and get your hiking boots on and hit the trails with your little ones? Well, winter walks with children are in fact not impossible. They might even make a winter-fan of you. With the…

Why Swiss toddlers learn skiing before spelling

It’s not uncommon that Swiss children start to learn to ski before they start going to school. Maybe a few of the parents dream of honing a potential Olympian in their offspring, but more likely they simply prefer to be able to bring their children along when they themselves go for a day out in…

Winter Wonderland

Living out in the countryside, it can get quite lonely at times. Especially for a full-time mom whose husband is away for work most of the week. And although the cold has a nasty way of keeping us indoors, we make it a point to try to get out for at least an hour or…

TV? No Thank You!

  There’s been an endless debate about what the right amount of digital media exposure for young children is. The first article I remember reading about such “detrimental” effects was written in the late nineties about Japanese children. In the report, the young children were losing their social skills to TV and video games, and…

A Pre-schooler’s Laptop

Granted, we do practice strict digital access for our children… but it doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them having their own devices. So the other day, together with my son, we built a laptop just for him, from spare parts. It has all the capabilities as marketed laptops, with a built-in camera and bluetooth and…

Dreikönigstag!

Officially the end of Christmas Season, today the country celebrates the Three Kings Day. In scripture, it is on this day that the three wise men arrive at the baby Jesus’s cradle, with their offerings of gold, myrrh, and frankincense. So today, in bakeries everywhere one can buy the Dreikönigsbrot (Threekings Bread). Somewhere inside is…

Seelensteg, Heiligkreuz

In search of other things to do on damp, cold and non-snowy winterdays, we discovered the Seelensteg in the middle of the woods in Heiligkreuz, Hasle. A small slow tour on a wooden walkway in the forest, inviting its visitors to tread quietly, listening to the running stream, the chirping birds and the wind in…