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…

A Bridge Language: Baby Sign

I have always been fascinated with sign language already as a child, so when I first told my husband about Baby Sign Language while I was pregnant for the first time, he was not as enthusiastic as I had hoped. „It’s too alternative“ he claimed. What?! I wanted to push the subject but I imagined…