I don’t know if it’s because we’re in Singapore for Christmas. Or if it’s because we’re avoiding the deluge of nursery and school festive crafts. But I’m REALLY up for getting a little more creative, and thoughtful, this year with the kiddies in the countdown to Christmas. And I know November is EARLY to start cracking out the red, green and sparkles but accounting for international shipping dates, the entire Christmas process has had to be brought forward. But I absolutely love this time of year, so no complaints here! If you have young(ish) kids and want to send something…

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In August I was FULL of it. Literally, I quote myself when I say “I think homeschooling might work out better for us this year” (from this blog post). Two months down the line, and the first half of the first term of this school year done and guess what? It’s not working out better for us this year. It’s going okay. But only okay. The kid are happy (the last words muttered by every parent on the edge of sanity). And to be fair to myself, they do seem to be learning something. Not necessarily what I set out…

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Something that I haven’t experienced is having a baby whilst living as an expat. It’s the thought of being a terribly sick pregnant lady, coupled with the idea of not having my parents on standby that fills be with dread. Add to that the reality of being pregnant in Singapore with it’s non-stop sticky Summer in the city vibe, and well, my ankles balloon at just the thought of it. Pregnant ladies of Singapore I take my hat off to you.  Having a baby is such a crazy time – I know a little about this having done it twice,…

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The unplanned mum – The young mum – The unmarried mum – The bottle feeding mum – The PND mum – The attachment parenting mum – The co-sleeping mum – The married mum – The pregnant again mum – The breastfeeding mum – The mum of two under two – The sleep deprived mum – The working mum – The pumping mum – The mum who forgets what day it is – The wife and mum – The dependant pass mum – The stay at home mum – The home schooling mum – The blogging mum I am, and have been, all of these versions of the word m-u-m But I’m never just mum. A…

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In a way the suggestion that I’m raising third culture kids seems a strange one. Singapore doesn’t feel vastly different to any city we’ve ever lived in. Well, apart from the climate, living in an apartment and having a swimming pool. But in terms of the lifestyle itself, it can feel like a bit of a stretch to say Finn and Clara are third culture kids. Expat brats, sure, but third culture kids? I don’t know. A TCK (that’s third culture kid to you and I), has been described by sociologist David C Pollock as: “A Third Culture Kid (TCK)…

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