How Japan Prepares Its Children for Independence – SavvyTokyo

I couldn’t be more thrilled to write a monthly column for SavvyTokyo on parenting in Japan. The culture and community mindset is so fascinating to me, and I see so much I’d like to emulate in raising my own children. Teaching them to be confident and independent is a major quality we noticed right from…

Celebrating the Holidays from Afar

For our first Christmas in Japan, creating traditions were on my mind more than ever. Our son is almost two, that wondrous age when the magic of the holiday season will inform how he feels about them for the rest of his life. No pressure. It was important to us that Christmas, in particular, be…

The $h*t No One Tells You About Toddlers

I’m a reader. I learn best by reading and absorbing information from the written word. Before our son was born, I read every book possible: Babywise. Happiest Baby on the Block. What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Countless blogs & advice columns from Pinterest. When he was born, I felt prepared. We knew what we…

Taking a Toddler to a Museum

After a brunch with old friends at the surprisingly kid-friendly yet fancy Chef Geoff’s downtown, where our son’s blueberry parfait from the children’s menu was eagerly eyed by all the adults, we all went our various ways. MBH was off to his second Dodgers game of the weekend with another rabid fan, our friends were…

A D.C. Getaway

MBH and I took our son up to Washington, D.C. for a quick weekend getaway because the Dodgers were in town to play the Nationals, and as committed fans, we couldn’t pass the chance up. We were so excited for our son’s first baseball game, but he was a bit too young to enthusiastically participate….