When I first embarked on this homeschooling journey I admitted to being somewhat reluctant, but really I was just totally overwhelmed. Completely out of my depth in a way I have never been before. I didn’t know where to start, or who to ask for help and support. Whilst not being the mainstream way to educate kids, for a family that travels it’s actually an incredibly practical solution. Practical in that it’s cheap (compared to international schooling), and free of traditional schedules that would make travelling tricky. However it does require a little (or a lot) of creativity on…

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Well here we are. September is just on the horizon with a new school year, and guess what? We’re still homeschooling. Putting the children into conventional school has been a serious consideration this year. We’ve even been and looked around several options locally. But nowhere feels quite right, so it’s back to homeschooling for us. It’s a decision that I’m surprisingly okay about. I’m still no teacher by any stretch of the imagination. The last year was spent unnecessarily beating myself up that the kiddies will be ruined by this homeschooling debacle, which they haven’t been. And I think, finally,…

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It’s some sort of incredible coincidence that as I hit the milestone of 52 weeks* in Singapore, Singapore is celebrating 52 years of independence. I mean, what are the chances? Really?  (*52 weeks being a year of officially living in Singapore. I haven’t actually been in Singapore for a solid 52 weeks. But that’s just details, details) So to celebrate the big five-two, here are 52 things I know now that I didn’t know a year ago…   Expat Life 1.When meeting someone new be prepared to answer the following four questions (they’re all people want to know about you).…

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  Eighteen summers of childhood are all we have apparently. Eighteen years of childhood sounds so long. But eighteen summers? It’s nothing. It’ll go by in a flash, and before we know it we’ll be spending that precious eighteenth summer packing boxes ready to send our babies off to College. All being well anyway. So eighteen is all we’ve got. And really, when you think about it, there aren’t eighteen summers of childhood at all. The first few years are less about making memories for the kids as they are about survival / taking embarrassing photo’s of weird things babies…

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  Kids and hot days just aren’t the easiest of combinations are they? I’m either slathering mine with factor 50 and watching for any hint of pink. Or I’m trying to calm tired and tetchy moods in the hope of getting something – anything – done that day. Needless to say that since arriving in the tropics our dietary intake of frozen goods has increased considerably. Did you know it is possible to exist entirely off frozen things? Just kidding. It’s probably not advisable. But having a supply of healthy and yummy frozen snacks ready to go in the freezer…

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