Absurd expressionism: pretension, parenting and exposing kids to art

Art is such a loaded word. It can soar off the tongue showered in reverence, or be spat out of the mouth like a bitter pejorative. There will never be a consensus on its definition, and I’ll skip any pretentious pondering of what art “is” or “isn’t” — after all, everyone has their opinion. But when an art-world darling recently […]

Our Homeschool Scheduling Method

It has been a struggle to craft a homeschool scheduling system that all four of us can agree on. When I say “it has been,” I also mean: “And it continues to be, so make mine a double.” In the past eight months, our trial and error record is littered with triumphs and failures — […]

Secret Lives: Walter Mitty and me

To see the world, things dangerous to come to. To see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel.  That is the purpose of life. Oh, what ponderous words permeate Ben Stiller’s little film. Did I say “little?” This movie is about as small and subtle as an Icelandic sunrise, and it’s been on […]

Is Family Travel Dangerous? Looking, Leaping and Learning your Limits

Is family travel dangerous? It can be if you’re not careful, calm and self aware. I am rarely all of these things at once, but I’m working on it. Is Family Travel Dangerous? As I’ve mentioned before in these pages, this blog is called An Epic Education, but the kids aren’t the only ones learning […]

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. […]

First Steps toward Roadschooling

Wow. What a few weeks it’s been. This will be my first entry from the road — everything else was written while still in Tokyo. We’ve now spent a little over two weeks in Taiwan and it has been a marked by peaks and valleys of elation and despair. I’ll save the drama for another […]

Our experience with child modelling in Japan

  Every so often, M gets offered a child modelling job. This comes as no surprise to me, considering that she is the most beautiful child on the planet (totally objective there), but it also may have something to do with being hāfu, which appears to be highly prized for Japanese ads. When I was first […]

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 […]

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