Category Archives: Ex-Pat Parenting

Today I am THAT parent

Dear (Teachers), Thank you for the hard work you do teaching our child… An issue arose when she was working on the heritage assignment due Friday. I wanted to let you know about this issue so (child) is not penalized … Continue reading

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Primitive and exotic

Many people put significant effort into the cultural exchange in which our guests students are participating. In addition to the many host families who spend their time and resources caring for the students, by my count there are about 10 … Continue reading

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Work retreat, pending return

Today and tomorrow, my last days in Sweden before a summer back in Vermont, I am on a work retreat. The retreat is located about 20 minutes south of Växjö in the village of Ingelstad. We are meeting at Solvikens … Continue reading

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Last day of school, korv (hot dog), and fikakorg (picnic basket)

Jie-jie’s skolavslutning was this morning. For the last few weeks we have  been receiving increasingly detailed notes about the end-of-the-year festivities. The most recent one arrived last week. I didn’t bother typing the announcement into google translate because it seemed … Continue reading

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Kids, taste, and the pressure to conform

Jie-jie has always loved “girly” and ‘”fancy” clothes. The pinker, lacier and more ornate the better. Last year she basically refused to wear pants. Instead it was skirts and dresses with tights and the fancier the better. A month or … Continue reading

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Setting up playdates, Swedish-style

For the last couple of months (at least), our kids have been begging for playdates with their school chums. Often we would come to pick them up at school only to be told, for example, “Hedda said that I can … Continue reading

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Sweden’s Euphoric Soundtrack

Melodifestivalen is an annual singing competetion in which the people of Sweden select the singer and song that will represent the nation in that year’s Eurovision song contest. So, imagine an annual singing competition in which people who are generally … Continue reading

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