Perhaps we should call this post “Why talking over dinner, and talking in general with your child as they enter the cesspool of school and life is important!” I’ve heard the most interesting story from my fourth grader over dinner this evening. While sitting and listening to my oldest son share his experiences, favorites, and … More Motherhood: The Importance of Talking Over Dinner
My sons have just started their spring baseball season this year. As a parent I love watching them practice, see them as a community member among their peers, taking critiques and tips from their coaches, and watching them learn and laugh. Honestly, I love the whole process: trying to find their bat from last year, … More What Parents Should Say As Their Children Perform
One of my favorite places to visit in Kanagawa prefecture with my children is Enoshima Aquarium. I love watching my kids as they press their faces against the glass to see various sea life. I enjoy laughing with them at the dolphin show. We often enjoy ice cream on the large open porch as we … More Enoshima Aquarium
You initially start potty training two to three months earlier than reasonable due to peer pressure from other friends with toddlers. You quickly realize the toddler who keeps urinating consistently on your tatami floors, needs more than 20 minute bathroom break reminders; she simply needs a diaper! You wisely put her back in diapers, and tell yourself you’ll conquer potty training at the start of the new year. … More A Toddler’s Potty Training Antics
Happy Halloween from our family to yours. Xoxo Erica P.S. More pictures on Instagram.
I’ll admit, we’ve been having a hard time sticking to our current chore chart and family contribution and accountability sheet. I took my oldest to exchange two of his birthday presents, and as my youngest son stood their asking if he could buy a toy, I was quickly reminded of my lack of accountability in … More Parenting: Chores and Family Contributions
Singing nursery songs and bedtime lullabies seems synonymous with parenthood. You hold your child for countless hours throughout their first and second years of life, and throughout the rest of their childhood. For the past eight years I’ve sung multiple nursery songs almost every day and at bedtime, with very few exceptions to the infinitive … More Motherhood: Singing Lullabies and Nursery Songs
Tanabata is celebrated on July 7th here in Japan. I took my children, and my oldest son’s friend, to a kids Japanese cooking class. Classes were lead by a talented Japanese mom, Saori, who runs her own business Saori’s Kitchen. Here are a few pictures of my kids helping cook, learn, and enjoy a yummy … More Tanabata: July 7th
It is always heartbreaking to see your spouse’s ship pull away from the pier with the help of tug boats; it is especially heartbreaking to see that same ship continue to sail past you and then out of sight, while you are firmly planted on the shore. I’ve been trying to write this post, I … More Deployments: Gracefully Spending Those Days
Easter 2014 family photo. Taken after church and before a delicious brunch at the Officers’ Club in Yokosuka, Japan. P.S. This is proof we can get all five of us to look at the camera at once!