Category Archives: Parenting

5 Amazing Perks of Parenting in Costa Rica as an Expat

In my previous post, I blogged about the challenges of parenting as an expat in Costa Rica.  As intense as it is to raise third culture kids, these are offset by all the wonderful benefits of being a parent in … Continue reading

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5 Challenges of Parenting in Costa Rica as an Expat

My children tell me I have changed a lot as a parent in a positive way since we moved from Texas to Costa Rica.  I think there are many reasons for these changes that are completely independent of living here, such … Continue reading

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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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7 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Grateful

We have all seen ungrateful kids: The child who turns their nose up on a meal served to them.  The child who does not say thank-you after opening their Christmas presents.  The child who throws a tantrum because their parent … Continue reading

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Reflections on Our Trip to the Pantanal, Brazil

While traveling to the exotic Brazilian jungle may seem glamorous, the journey was not always perfect.  Not only was getting there painfully long, requiring long flights, layovers, uncomfortable truck and boat rides, but my patience and parenting skills were tested … Continue reading

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Back to School Woes

Kara and Tristan start school at Centro de Educacion Creativa on Tuesday.  Today we spent a few hours at the school helping some of the teachers prepare their classroom.  On Monday we will have an orientation and get our school … Continue reading

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Unplugged Fun: Forts and Huts

Besides bug hotels, the kids have also each built a fort in the yard.  They did it all by themselves.  Kara and Tristan spend hours in their little huts and when it rains I have to force them to get … Continue reading

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