Category Archives: Parenting

Who Made this Grave

A few days before the actual Day of the Dead, I picked up my son from his Montessori school and we strolled together down Morelia’s Calzada, a ficus-lined cobblestone pedestrian avenue that stretches from the colonial city’s pink stone aqueduct … Continue reading

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Roots and Wings and the Story (for Mother’s Day)

I grew up on a farm in your quintessential middle-of-nowhere. While my dad cursed his cows and tractors and broken down trucks—“peckerhead” should have been my first word, my mom nursed a vast  vegetable garden, a flock of Thanksgiving turkeys … Continue reading

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Dia del Niño

“When we see a pretty flower, we stop to look at it and smell it, right?” My son keeps his face hidden. He gets shy when strangers gush at him. “And seeing that flower makes us happy, right?” He nods … Continue reading

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Good Friday: A Child Meets Jesus in Mexico

  “Who is that man?” my son asks as soon as we arrive. The man playing Jesus is wearing a white tunic. There is fake blood on his face. I take a deep breath and leap. “Do you remember at … Continue reading

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Tips for Traveling with Children

Travel shouldn’t be torture, but it can feel that way when you have children with you. Like everything else that the parenting life throws at you, however, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Because of jobs and … Continue reading

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Travel With Your Children

Yes, it’s difficult; but what isn’t? Yes, it’s not what it used to be; but what else is new since you became a parent? Yes, you have to pack half your house; but do it anyway. Travel with your children. … Continue reading

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Sweet Mexican Education

(My latest Love in Mexico correspondence essay is live on National Geographic’s Glimpse.org. An excerpt is below, or read the whole thing here.) “Dulce, dulce, dulce, dulce,” sings my two-year-old son as I stroller him over cobblestones. Yes, “candy” is … Continue reading

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