Family life will have a huge impact in children’s lives, and on the overall feeling as a family.
In this section you will find out what helped us to:
a. Know what we want to see in our family
b. Ways to get to it.
Like a pilot with a destination in mind when he flies his plane, we as a family know the destination we want to go. Sometimes there are “turbulences”, (overloaded time schedules, challenging moments…) deviations happen. But we know where we are heading and therefore, we can always get back on track.
Here we are sharing our journey and the things we are learning.
“Creating a warm, caring, supportive, encouraging environment is probably the most important thing you can do for your family.”
For my upcoming round birthday I got a very special present: A friend of mine wrote an article in which she describes the holidays we spent with our children at a campsite in the south of France this spring. Her description touched me deeply, made me smile and gave me...read more
We spent the last three weeks as a family in the south of France. These yearly vacations are of high value for us, as these are a couple of unique days to spend lots of time together, to experience many adventures as a family, to spend hours around the dinner table –...read more
I love languages. Today, I speak fluently German, French, English and Spanish. I’m also learning Portuguese and Swedish on a daily basis. This is not something that was predestined from my upbringing. Even though I have French and Scandinavian roots, I wasn’t raised...read more
When I get asked about my childhood, I mostly reply: « Well, my family was pretty dysfunctional». Some well-meaning people might say: Well you know, no family is perfect!Of course.However, there are ways to determine whether a family is healthy (functional) – or...read more
As I am writing this article, I'm sitting outside our tent, listening to the birds up in the tree, to the children playing on the playground nearby and to the people splashing in the the pool only a few meters away from our camping place.... Yes, I am still on that...read more
During my years in South America I often observed how children were called by adjectives instead of their names. They were called names like “El gordito”(fat), “flaquito” (slim), “gringo”(western, white skin) , “negro”(black – having a dark skin) etc. In the...read more
Being a family implies that we live in a certain society, a culture, that has its values, norms and demands. As parents we often are influenced by that pressure to fit in, to have children, who are adapted, quick and clever enough. Many times, the temptation for us...read more
I’ve never been much of a birthday- person. Of course, I appreciated the gifts I received. But if someone forgot about my birthday, I didn’t really care that much. The same came true for the birthday of others. I never was good at remembering birthdays. Concerning my...read more
Where we live, wintertime is the time of the year when outside it is cold and dark. It is the time of the year when we are supposed to get lot of snow here in Switzerland. But the reality is, that in the plain where we live, we seldom have the privilege to have...read more
Christmas season. I love it. I love the lights, the smells the music, the decorations. Today, on Thursday the 21st of December, as I write this Article, we have our first Christmas celebration. In the next six days, we have five more. The whole month of December has...read more
Those who regularly read my articles know that it is really important for me to invest my heart and life into my children and my husband. I want to be close to them and share my life and heart with them. However, I keep reminding myself that this is a daily decision....read more
In our western world a nursery (in GB the word “crèche” is used) has become indispensable. They allow parents to combine work and family. In some families it is unavoidable in their life situations, for others it’s a cultural norm, for some a standard of living....read more
This morning I was eating breakfast together with my children, drinking my coffee. With a sudden movement to help one of the children with his cereals, I spoiled my whole coffee over the table, chair and floor. My first, spontaneous reaction was “oh no!”… But then, I...read more
No it is not. But this is a sentence I have read from several friends over social media. In Switzerland it is not that big a deal as it is in other countries. In our little town only a few kids are disguised, coming for a trick and treat. There are some public events...read more
The past two weeks I have been on a campground with my children. We were in a tent, enjoying the warmth of a beautiful autumn. Since the campground was one of only a few which were open during this fall season, my sister was there with her family during almost the...read more
There is a popular belief (at least in the German-speaking world) that it's normal that siblings quarrel. That siblings have rivalries. And even that siblings can be mean to each other. Well, in my family of origin this was certainly true. We not only quarreled,...read more
These days I found myself in a situation with a child that reminded me of the article I wrote last week. I have a very social little girl. She loves to play with others. She’s a very happy and excited girl when there are group activities in school. After the summer...read more
Last Tuesday I was watching the weather forecast: I could see, that Wednesday would be the last summer day in the mountains of Switzerland, probably for the whole year! I love the mountains. We have beautiful mountains and alps in Switzerland. They are amazing during...read more
Today’s topic is pretty close to my heart. This subject got me into trouble a few times now since I am a mom. People have been telling me, that I should let my children be more independent, teach them not to cling as much to us as they do, and take time out to be as a...read more
Recently my husband and I decided, to enroll in a Bible school for the next three years. My mother in law and my sister agreed to look after the four kids in the evenings and sometimes during days when we would be away. It felt right, and it was the perfect...read more
Family is a beautiful design. All it takes is getting pregnant and putting babies into this world. Or is it? Wherever you read this blog from, you have your unique story about your family of origin. You have your unique background, unique experiences. They may be...read more
There was a Situation with one of my boys I felt so overwhelmed by his sweetness and heart. I realized that I can hurt my child, without doing anything “wrong”. During the rest of my day I was reflecting in the fact that raising kids is much more than just following...read more
Our three year-old sweet boy can experience a lot of emotions, do a whole lot of crying, just because he can’t have something the way he wants it. He then sits just around and cries his eyes out. Today, while eating breakfast on a relaxing Easter Monday, I poured some...read more
It is possible for a child to not feel really “at home” in its own family. To miss this sense of really being known, loved, belong and be a vital part of the family. Here are five powerful steps to help you evaluate your own family, and the basics to take your own...read more