Category Archives: A Question Worth Answering

What Is It Like to Be an Expat Parent in Costa Rica?

Kara, my tween daughter, recently confided a story to me recently that made me cringe inside.  The local custom in Costa Rica is to dump organic waste (banana peels, uneaten rice/beans, and other food waste products) outside as compost.  We … Continue reading

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Reflections on Being a SAHM vs Corporate Mom: Is There a Happy Middle?

Last week, as the kids and I were walking to the Monteverde Library, which is about a 45 minute walk from our house, Tristan, my 7 year-old boy, and I had a good little chat.  It went like this: Tristan: … Continue reading

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5 Blessings of Going From Breadwinner to Stay-At-Home Mom in Costa Rica

**DISCLAIMER:  Please know that I am not advocating that being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) is more difficult than being a corporate mom or the other way around.  By corporate mom I mean a mother who works in a salaried job outside … Continue reading

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5 Challenges of Going From Breadwinner to Stay-At-Home Mom in Costa Rica

**DISCLAIMER:  Please know that I am not advocating that being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) is more difficult than being a corporate mom or the other way around.  By corporate mom I mean a mother who works in a salaried job outside … Continue reading

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Why Do Gringos Celebrate Thanksgiving?

In honor of Thanksgiving, I will dedicate this week’s blog posts to the holiday.  Today I will answer the question which has been asked by my Tico friends, “Why Do Gringos Celebrate Thanksgiving?”  Later this week, I will blog about … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Simplify Your Time

 “I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.”   This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t … Continue reading

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What Is Culture Shock?

culture shock noun a feeling of confusion, doubt, or nervousness caused by being in a place (such as a foreign country) that is very different from what you are used to –Merriam-Webster dictionary It’s not what you may think it … Continue reading

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