• Life and blog

    Goals for Q1 2021

    Happy new year! 2021 has now begun and it is a good time for a fresh new start and new goals. 2020 was a difficult year for most of us. I would not say it was a useless year because we learned a lot about ourselves and the world we live in but still, it was not the best year ever. Reviewing my goals for Q4 2020 Blogtober challenge in October -> Done. It worked better than expected. Teach my daughter to ride a bike -> Still in progress. As I was 4 weeks away with the boys, I had not had so much time to work with her on…

  • Life and blog

    4 weeks speech therapy

    My sons and I came back home a few days ago after a 4-week stay at a clinic in Bayern. We were sent there by the doctor because the boys are not speaking enough for their age and needed intensive speech therapy. I went with them as accompanying person. I must say, it was a nice change. Because of the coronavirus epidemic, we had not been able to take any vacation this year so this was nice to travel a bit. We had of course to be very careful and get tested before we could go. Fortunately, we tested negative and could start the therapy. Health cures in Germany Health…

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    Last day of Blogtober

    Today is the last day of Blogtober. I did not exactly wrote a post every day but I wrote 27 posts (if you include today’s post). I am very happy about this result. Until now, I had never written so many posts in such a short time. A few things I learned this month Setting constraints and forcing yourself to write works better than waiting for inspiration. Writing more posts is not enough to really increase blog views. I should post more often on Pinterest. Posting more often enables more dialogue with readers. On the other hand, posting every day is a bit much. It is difficult to write long,…

  • Life and blog

    Plans for November

    November begins in 2 days. For me, this means that Blogtober is nearly finished. It was a fun experience but it starts being pretty difficult to find a new post idea every day. If you are doing Blogtober this year too, how difficult did you find that? At first, I had planned to take an online course in November but then I got an opportunity to go to a speech therapy cure for my sons. So, we will have a break from daily life and go to a clinic for a few weeks speech therapy. I hope the coronavirus crisis won’t prevent us from traveling there. Maybe, I will still…

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    My favorite apps for children

    As we were last confined at home, we bought tablets to keep the children entertained. We have Amazon Freetime on the tablets, which gives us access to several books and apps. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Favorite apps for children Monument valley This game is graphically very beautiful. It is a kind of 3D Labyrinth in which you have to play with perspective effects to help the little character to find his way to the next door. My 5 year old son loves this game but he often needs help because it is somewhat difficult for little children. Potty time with Elmo…

  • Books

    Favorite female characters in children books series

    Although I am an adult,I still love reading children and young adult fiction. I like the engaging plots and the likable characters. Especially female characters are often well written and inspiring. It makes me happy to see such strong female characters because they are good role models for little girls today. Here are some of my favorite female characters in children and young adult books series. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) Hermione is smart, courageous and a great friend. I like the fact that she has such an important role in the Harry Potter series. And I like the fact that she is a bookworm. Bookworms are great. Hermione’s evolution in…

  • Creativity

    Things I love about Nanowrimo

    I will not be able to do Nanowrimo this year. Actually, I have not been able to do it for several years now. To do Nanowrimo, you really need to invest much time and with little children at home, this is not easy. However, I have fantastic memories of the times I won Nanowrimo. What is Nanowrimo? Nanowrimo, the National Novel Writing Month, is a challenge for which you are supposed to write a novel of at least 50.000 words in November. What I like about Nanowrimo The Nanowrimo website: a great design and a lot of fun. Statistics: on the Nanowrimo website, you can enter everyday your word count…

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    Coloring with water

    Lately, my youngest son has been coloring a lot with water. There are several products that enable little children to paint with just some water. This is of course great for parents because there is nothing to clean afterwards. Here are some of our favorite products. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Scales and Tails – Dinosaurs (Paint with water) This is a real little book. If you paint with water on the pictures, their colors appear. When the picture dries, it becomes white again and you can paint again and again. My son loves the dinosaurs in the book. Shells and Spells…

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    10 quotes about learning

    I wrote yesterday about reskilling und upskilling and it made me think about how important learning is. I made a list of 10 quotes about learning that I particularly like. 10 quotes about learning “In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi “He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Confucius “It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession…