The Mary Poppins Hunt (or how to find and keep a great …

I used to scoff at parents with nannies. Cop outs, lazy bums, selfish meanies who put themselves above the wellbeing of their children. And then I became a mother. In truth, if you can afford it, a good nanny can strengthen the relationship with your children, as well as with your partner, your boss, your extended family… A good nanny can…
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This might just save your child’s life

This isn’t a funny, cute or happy blog post. It may just save your child’s life though. In my case, my child nearly choked to death. One afternoon, in a fuzzy sleep deprived state after three nights cosleeping with a teething toddler, I left my three year old alone with a bowl of melon, cut into big chunks. While I was tidying up,…
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Can sign language help your bilingual child?

Experts reckon that bilingual kids are at a significant advantage. OK so it might take them a little longer to grasp the lingos but the final results outweigh any difficulties along the way. Tell that to a toddler from a multilingual family at dinner time. Learning to speak is frustrating enough but add in extra languages and it gets messy (literally).…
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The Expater in Lausanne

I’ve written before about my love for Switzerland and perhaps I have Lausanne to thank for it. It’s not the most beautiful city in the country, although Switzerland’s zillion other instagrammable towns make that some task. It is perhaps one of the easiest places to live though. Photo by Nouhailler Ask a Lausannois about stress and they won’t mention pollution, crime, traffic or politics. If…
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Delhi: A Tale of Two Sisters

Meet sisters Rajika and Vartika. My friends share the same intoxicating laugh, the same crazy fast approach to life and I love them in equal measure, but if it were not for their identically huge almond eyes you wouldn’t know these bon vivants were actually sisters. Rajika favours offbeat adventure, Vartika the latest in luxury. Spend an evening with both of them and you’ll discover a…
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