The Big Rottweiler at Home: Family vs. Friends

In an earlier post, “Where are all the Vickys”, I shared some of the challenges faced here in Sweden regarding making friends.  In essence, I explained that the quiet, reserved, and okay with the status quo cultural traits of the Swede makes if quite difficult to start a friendship.  Well, having been here a bit longer, things have improved and my family and I have … Continue reading The Big Rottweiler at Home: Family vs. Friends

How do you raise a smart & safe tech-savvy child? (Answer not included.)

I am not a technologist.  I just bought my third mobile phone, a bottom-of-the-line Samsung. (I have been mobile free since 2005, and I only had one from 2003 to 2005 because Peace Corps was piloting a new safety and security program using mobile phones when I was a Volunteer.)  My wife and I got a text message the other day and neither one of … Continue reading How do you raise a smart & safe tech-savvy child? (Answer not included.)