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Playing with kids – playing with fire

1 Jul
How sweet, how treacherous...

How sweet, how treacherous...

I did study educational sciences, but this definitely doesn’t prepare you for dealing with kids. I was thoroughly put to the test at my niece’s house, baby-sitting (after the mum-sitting) their 2 lovely but strenuous daughters (6 and 8 years old). As a friend of mine put it (and I couldn’t agree more): “mothers should automatically be granted sainthood once the kids are raised and leave the house”…

  • So what would you do with the kids in the challenging situations below?

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Going Local in the Portuguese countryside

22 Jun
Relaxing at the pool, euh, watertank

Relaxing at the pool, euh, watertank

Visiting my sister and family in Portugal is like going back in time: back to the countryside (where I grew up) but then in the Portuguese mountains instead of the Flemish lowlands. A typical visit there has become staying in a tent in the garden, living at the rhythm of the kids, enjoying nature (hardly anything else around) and some desperate attempts to stay in touch with the rest of the world via the one internet connection 10km away. But still I’m charmed by it and might move out of the city myself… Continue reading

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