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 […]

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 […]