Bringing up children isn’t something you are taught. You don’t need a diploma to become a parent; after all, many consider raising children as something natural. Which is quite funny, really, considering how one might think of childbirth as something natural and yet parents-to-be take birth preparation classes! It is likely that our own experiences…
Thanksgiving – Never in a million years would I have believed that sharing a culinary cultural tradition in a foreign country would become our family’s new way of life!
My grandmother left her entire world behind that allowed me the privilege and freedom to not think twice about doing the same thing some 60 years later.
Midsommer is a chance to come together, renew ties and friendships, dance around the maypole and eat Midsommar Torta.
I was supposed to be happy wholeheartedly investing in early childhood but there I sat, across from my therapist, laden with guilt. Making a new blueprint is letting go of an idealistic version of my life, whether it’s my ideals or someone else’s, and giving up the useless practice of “should-ing” myself.
In Part III of our Baby Bellies on Bikes series, Dutch mom, Kari van der Heide reveals the sex of her baby and argues for why gender neutral parenting, the current popular trend in The Netherlands, while relevant, may not be right for her family where kids will be growing up with two moms and diverse skills sets.
Kari is a 30-year-old mama, who grew up in the Caribbean, but now lives in the Netherlands with her wife and daughter. In an exclusive series with theParentVoice, Kari chronicles her experiences and journey of parenting between cultures. This is Part II of the Baby Bellies on Bikes Series.
I hope my experience of growing up somewhere else, having to start a new life in Dutchieland and being gay will turn her into a teenager and grownup with an open mind. Read more about how an Island girl raising her daughter in the Netherlands reflects on her experiences contrasted with those of her daughter’s.
My previous hostile attitude was due mostly to a fear of my childhood traditions being left out. My son’s Christmases and indeed his life are his, not mine.
Read about how intercultural, mixed ethnicity couples negotiate cultural loses and gains during the holidays. Cultural accommodation, Cultural dialogues
To strangers, it may not seem like a big deal, but to religious Jews, marrying someone outside of your faith can be devastating to the family.
Living far away from loved ones when you have children can be a challenge. Here are some tips on how to foster a connection with family using technology.
It is early evening. My phone rings. A good friend calls for a chat. She has just come back from her pediatrician’s office after a routine visit. He advised her to use a little more English in their daily life at home. She kindly nodded while he was talking, unsure what to say. She feels…
The purpose of the Advent Wreath is to gather the family so you spend quality time together and light up a candle each of the Sundays preceding Christmas.
Celebrating Sinterklass and Zwarte Piet is an essential Dutch holiday tradition. The rituals, songs, and stories about it were always extra special to me.