Category: Parenting

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How Not To Give A Nature Lesson

Today is a new day in my efforts to find anything to entertain my son. As you may know, we live in a town where there is very little to do! So today we jump in the car and an hour or so later find ourselves at a lake we’ve never been to before, according to Google, there’s plenty there,  parks,  fairground rides even a static hot air...

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How Having Children Has Changed The Way We Travel

Having children has definitely changed the way we travel! In our pre-kids days, we used to do sort of ‘backpacking, rock up and find the quirkiest, funkiest (cheapest) hostel in the area’, type holidays, they were the best ones! The people you met, the places you got lost in, the things you did, the things you saw. Certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but definitely ours. Then….the children...

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Dad’s First Attempt At Dressing Up Day

To assist with the integration of the kids in the first few weeks of their school in Malaysia, its dressing up day and the children are asked to come dressed in either ‘traditional dress’ from their home nation or in the colours of their flag. This is an easy one for a lot of the countries in Asia, they genuinely have ‘traditional clothes’ and to top it off,...

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Don’t Stalk People in Supermarkets, it’s Weird.

We live in a quiet town on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the school Ruth works at is relatively new and whilst the facilities are absolutely brilliant, it does mean one thing, outside of other teachers in the school, there are almost zero expats living in the area. As amazing and impressive as the Malaysian, Chinese and Korean kids in L’s class are at being bi-lingual...

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Stay at Home Dad, Abroad…the reality

Although when people asked where we were moving to in Malaysia, we told them Kuala Lumpur, as that’s the place that most people have heard of, but whilst everyone is conjuring up images of us living inside the famous Petronas Twin Towers, that isn’t quite the case. This is my reality of being a stay at home Dad, abroad. We actually live about 30-40 minutes South East of...

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Culture Shock #1 The Safety of my Office Job is Gone

I’m not going to lie, the first couple of months were a big culture shock, going from a steady office job to being a stay at home at Dad for the first time is hard enough, but to throw in, literally selling every possession we have and moving to the other side of the world to a country that inspired the temperature inside an oven and starting everything...