Paid to Play

One of the aspects of Japanese living that I really respect is the importance of raising independent children. It's one reason that children wear uniforms with blazers to preschool. Each day they have to change their clothes for PE or art including doing and undoing buttons. Then they also must put their belongings in the … Continue reading Paid to Play

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Let the Good Times Roll

Having a toddler in Japan definitely has its moments. Two days before New Years (Japan's biggest holiday), I found myself crouched on the floor of a very crowded grocery store cupping Will's vomit in my hands. I don't know what instinctual thing changes when you become a mother that your natural reaction to vomit becomes … Continue reading Let the Good Times Roll