Category: reflecting

Time-Out is Child Abuse: Are you kidding me?

Yesterday a relative shared an article about Time-Outs being Child Abuse. You can also view a Dutch video, made by EditieNL. Unfortunately for my English readers it’s in Dutch, but I also found this article, which is in written in English. And this video from an American channel: The Dutch article is written for a Dutch ‘newspaper’... Read more »

There is nothing I have completely given up, I simply have put it in the freezer.

  Welcome to ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge: “Write about something in your life you’ve given up but that you wish you still did.”   I just can’t think of one single thing that I have given up... Read more »

The best quotes about learning

Just learning facts has no meaning. Reflecting on your behavior does. The next step should be changing your behavior, if necessary. In other words: you have to connect learning with your mind, otherwise the whole process is useless. Don't follow people without thinking!
About the art of learning, our new ‘My Bloggers Life’ topic of this week, I could write a whole book. Instead of ‘inventing the wheel’ I searched for quotes about learning that say it all. I am only 33 years old and have been teaching for more than 10 years, so what do I know... Read more »

What I do NOT miss when I think of the Netherlands

A while ago, on a Dutch-American Facebook page that I am a member of, someone posted the question ‘What is it that you DO NOT miss about the Netherlands?’ That was a question that got me thinking.  I usually think the other way around, but I already did notice that Dutchies that are living here... Read more »

Praising in America - an observation of two Dutch boys, aged 5 and 9.

Today, while walking from the car to the swimming pool, this conversation took place between my two sons: Youngest son: ‘Everything I do at my swimming lessons is always great, at least that’s what the teachers say. If I am doing so great, then why didn’t I get all of my patches (rewarding system that the pool... Read more »

A Love Letter To My Homeland: Nederland Ik Hou Van Jou

My Sweet Holland, I love you so much, you tiny little country that I call my homeland. #482365069 / I love riding my bike on all the bicycle paths that you have. #184118406 / I love all the crazy snacks that I can eat while being with you. #155157614 / #491364625 / #157914755... Read more »

Art Can Change Your Life - Go See - Studio Oh!

After moving to the States an aunt of my husband came visiting us. She had a friend that moved from the Netherlands to Chicago. So when she came here, she wanted to see him. He is an artist and we went to the open studios. We looked around there and he showed us his studio.... Read more »

Voetbal vs. Soccer - Teamspirit vs. Individualism?

Why do people in America call voetbal / football ‘Soccer‘? And why do they call football ‘football‘? It just doesn’t make sense to me. From what I’ve seen (and that’s not much, I’m sorry) football doesn’t include a lot of feet touching the ball. But if you read the article I placed at the word football,... Read more »

Letter To A New Mom: 'Continue To Be Yourself!'

Dear new mom, This is a letter to you, written by a mom of two boys. From the moment you become a mom, your whole world will be upside down. The changes will be enormous, but it will depend on your way of dealing with them, how big they will be. Hopefully you will be a mom... Read more »

My Favorite Place

I don’t think I have a favorite place. ?????? My favorite place is where my husband, two kids and two dogs are. That’s what I learned after moving from the Netherlands to the Chicago area. When we just moved here, all we had was in the suitcases that we brought with us. After a week or... Read more »