Trip to the Santiago aeroplane museum

Last week we went to the aeroplane museum (Museo Nacional Aeronáutico y del Espacio), here in Santiago. If your kids have a thing for planes, helicopters or engines, you have to check it out! It’s huge, and really interactive. While some of the more precious models are fenced off, kids can climb aboard, touch or take a (pretend) flight on…
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Peekaboo: A play cafe in Santiago for kids with big imaginations (and …

When I first arrived in Chile I didn’t see the point of play cafes. The weather’s so nice here, so why stay cooped up indoors when the kids can be frolicking in the sunshine? Even Santiago winters are nothing compared to the UK. Mind you, sometimes I just need to wear my little soldiers out without having to haul my…
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On the defence of kids parties for kids (and not parents)

This weekend we celebrated my children’s birthdays. In fact, Sebastian turned four in February, and Rafa turned two about a fortnight ago. You see, we’d had a really stressful move to Chile, I’d had a couple of pregnancy scares and there were a few hiccups moving into our new apartment. We just didn’t have the time or energy to plan…
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How to choose a good kindergarten

Creche, kindergarten, nursery, parvulario… call it what you like. An important developmental stage for children, a useful preparation for school, a life saver for parents… nurseries can be great. My sister in law is a super qualified childcare expert and when I got myself in a bit of a tizzy over which nursery to choose for my son, she reassured…
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Can Spanish style parenting help your unruly child?

Today I noticed my son’s scooter was inside the rubbish bin. If it’s in there, I’m not allowed to take it out until Wednesday morning, if at all. Let me explain. If my three year old misbehaves, he gets a warning from his Spanish dad. If he continues to misbehave, he gets a warning in a harsher tone of voice.…
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