Chiang Mai with Kids: Fruit Carving in Thailand

There are many things to do in Chiang Mai with kids, but our fruit carving class was probably my favorite. If you’ve never seen Thai fruit carving, then do a simple google search and you’ll be blown away. Amazing stuff. Chiang Mai with Kids: Fruit Carving in Thailand I knew that we wouldn’t be able […]

Working Remotely: How I asked my boss about it

Working Remotely: How I asked my boss about it I can tell you the day I decided to pursue working remotely: It was Saturday, November 24th, 2012, and I was in Oaxaca, Mexico, using up nearly all my vacation days to attend my sister’s wedding. Lounging on the beach drinking fresh-squeezed orange juice, I watched […]

Don’t fear the creeper: Snakes, shadows and a lesson in overcoming fear

Travel has a way of teaching you skills that you’ll use for the rest of your life. It can teach you about patience, perseverance, tolerance and how to deal with boredom, and it can also teach you about overcoming fear and facing the unknown. This is what I was thinking about as we sped through the night […]

How I defined Success in Japan

Before I explain this so-called success in Japan, let’s give my wife and few close friends a moment to finish laughing. Finished yet, guys? Guys? My wife is laughing because when most people define “success in Japan,” it involves a swank apartment in Denenchofu, Kamiyacho or somewhere similar, and a bankbook with lots of zeroes […]

Embrace the Drag: Dealing with Boredom in Family Travel

One of my favorite writers regarding Family Travel is Jennifer Miller of the Edventure Project, and one of my favorite pieces there is her 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids. There are many nuggets of hard-earned wisdom in there, but one nugget in particular felt like a thump on the nose: it was simply titled “Unplug.” Children, […]

Lessons in Perseverance: How Travel Made Our Kids Stronger

Lessons in Perseverance: Travel and Children Bad luck, bad health or bad timing. Any one of these can deliver a hefty blow to one’s travel itinerary. So how about all three? In our first month on the road, we we visited by the entire trio of travel bummers, all within the course of two weeks. […]

How to Nurture Bilingual Kids (and how to screw it up)

Japanese Mother. American father. Put them together and voilà: bilingual kids from birth, right? How to Nurture Bilingual Kids Growing up in a bilingual house doesn’t automatically make bilingual kids. Fluency takes work. A lot of work. And while I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished with M and S so far, I’ve made a lot […]

Travel with Kids: What I’ve Learned after Years of Family Travel

Travel with kids can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. Here are a few tips I’ve learn both a a solo traveler and as a traveling dad. Travel with Kids: Some Tips Everyone has their own advice for travel with kids. As we prepare to exit the safe and supple womb of […]

5 Differences Between Japanese and Western Parenting

Japanese and Western parenting have some significant differences. What I experienced  growing up in suburban Atlanta was quite different than what Keiko saw in Osaka at the same time, but these are a few that seem to stand out in my mind. Keep in mind that these are broad generalizations, that every family is different, and […]