Friday, March 30, 2018

Featured today on The Mama on the Rocks

A big shout-out today to Brynn Burger at Mama on the Rocks who featured my post about my son's struggle with dyslexia.

Here's the link to Others See Dyslexia; I See An Amazing Kid, as featured today on Mama on the Rocks.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sarcasm in line for the potty

The Question: Has your kid ever said or done something that you didn’t find funny but other people did?

Oh man, I could write a book, but here's just one example.

My son and I were waiting in line for the restroom at a baseball game. As usual, the line for the Lady’s Room was HUGE and there was zero line for the Men’s.

At the time my son was 6, and he thought he was plenty old to use the Men’s Room alone. But I was a bit nervous.

He turned to me and got very serious. “Mom, here’s what I’m going to do in the Men’s Bathroom: I’m going to get on the ground and LICK THE FLOOR!”

The women standing around me thought this was absolutely hilarious. No one expected this young kid to have mastered sarcasm to such a degree.

And yes, I did cave in and let him use the Men’s Room. He was in and out before I’d even gotten to the front of the Women’s line.

Originally published on Quora. So far, it's up to 4,100 views and 451 upvotes!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Her View From Home published my article!

Today I joined a great group of writers at Her View From Home, when they reposted my article from Scary Mommy about Mo's struggles with dyslexia. Plus, there's a huge bonus to writing for them: a wonderful online support group of my peers.

Here's the link to my article today on Her View From Home.

Shares and comments are always appreciated!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

My unusual travel accessory

This is my answer to the question: What is the weirdest, but the most necessary thing you carry when you travel? It's posted on Quora and has gotten 9,400 views and 752 upvotes!

I always carry small toys to entertain my kids, because so much of travel involves waiting around — and I save screen time for when we’re in the air. These days, I always have playing cards and a pen and paper. When they were younger, it was Hot Wheels cars, sticker books and Lego guys.

When my son was 2, he was obsessed with light switches. On, off, on, off, on, off. It never got old. So I bought a few from a hardware store and carried them in my purse.

So that’s my weirdest travel accessory: light switches. They stopped or prevented several toddler tantrums, so I’d say they were quite worth it!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Cruising faux-pas

I made a terrible mistake a week before our first cruise.

It was family movie night, and I noticed The Life of Pi had excellent ratings, but I didn’t know the storyline.

As I soon discovered, it’s about a boy whose ship sinks, and he gets trapped on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

So as we’re boarding our ship in Barcelona, Curly immediately asks the steward: “Are there any tigers on this ship?”

Later, my boys stood at rapt attention and asked a million questions as the crew tested the lifeboats.

More bad choices for pre-cruise viewing include Jaws and The Titanic. (Please don't ask me how I know that.)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The trouble with candy corn

I was surprised to discover some American idiosyncrasies that were so ingrained, I didn’t even know they were in there.

Take candy corn.

Around Halloween, I typically make sugar cookies shaped like candy corn. While Halloween isn’t a big deal in the Netherlands, it is acknowledged. So when I went to a late October coffee morning at a friend’s home, I brought my cute little cookies.

The ladies were polite and said my colorful, triangle-shaped confections tasted nice.

It wasn’t until later that I realized everyone else at the get-together was European, and not one of my friends knew what the cookies were supposed to represent -- they’d never seen candy corn in their lives!

Apparently, candy corn hasn’t made it across the Atlantic. Who knew?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Things we missed when traveling

When we were abroad, of course, it was the people back home that we missed the most. But what STUFF did we miss the most, specifically when traveling?

I answered this question on Quora. Here's what I said.

I live abroad and love to travel, but sometimes I really miss:
-- Water you can drink from the tap. 
-- Ice.
-- Clean, free toilets.
-- Wide roads, parking spaces, drivers who follow the rules of the road.
-- Stores open Sundays, Mondays and evenings.
-- Strangers who smile and look you in the eye.
-- The concept of personal space.
-- Free refills, free water and quick service in restaurants.