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Two Days In Taipei

We only had two days in Taipei on our way to Thailand last winter.  You can read all about it on my guest post on The Mother of All Trips blog hosted by Mara Gorman.

Descending the stairs of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

Descending the stairs of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.


MKB Book Club – Bilingual is Better

logoMKBbookclub2I’ll start this week’s chapter chat with a joke my kids told me:

What do you call a person who speaks two languages? 

–       Bilingual

What do you call a person who speaks three languages?

–       Trilingual

All right then.  What do you call a person who speaks only one language?

–       American

IMG_20130424_161930_847And, just to be clear.  That’s “American” with a derogatory tone.  I’m so proud that my kids think this joke is funny!  When I was in college, I took a seminar in which we had to describe the three things we really wanted to give our children.  I don’t even remember the first two things I listed.  Most likely something like “a roof” and “love”.  But I remember the somewhat desperate feeling I had about the third thing – “a second language.” I knew even then that my horizons were limited by my monolingualism and it seemed daunting to dream of doing better for my own kids.  As you can imagine, when Multicultural Kid Blogs offered up a book club on Bilingual is Better by Ana Flores and Roxana Soto, I jumped at the chance.  I picked Chapter Two: Why Bilingual is Better.  The discussion of Chapter 1 was sparked by a great post hosted by Spanish Playground. Read more »

Local getaways – Spring in the Pacific Northwest

We had a lot of fun picking out favorite local family-friendly destinations in all directions for a recent post on Technorati.

We could only describe a few in the article.  There are so many great Seattle-based getaways that kids love: Winthrop, Roslyn, Victoria B.C., Hurricane Ridge, Neah Bay, Bremerton, Mt. Rainier, Tacoma, and more. We plan to hit the road ourselves this spring to discover new local adventures.   Add your favorites to our comments section.

Family Skiing at Snoqualmie Pass

From the top of Chair 1 at Alpental.

Snoqualmie pass is the major east/west migration route through the Cascade mountain range from Seattle.  It is also the home of The Summit at Snoqualmie, an amalgam of four ski areas that each have a unique and distinctive vibe despite being commonly-owned.  There is Summit West, a perfect place for families to learn to ski.  Summit Central has the terrain park and is popular for night skiing.  Summit East (a.k.a. Hyak) is my family’s low-key favorite.  And finally there is Alpental, which has the steeper terrain and backcountry access that expert skiers love.  I’ve been skiing at Snoqualmie pass for over 20 years and have had a season pass there for the last decade.  I won’t tell you where my secret stashes of snow are located, but here are a few other things that I have learned:

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Skiing in Austria with the Family

Check out my post on We Said Go Travel!


Family on the Loose: Travel fun for parents and parenting ideas for travelers

Family on the Loose is for travelling parents who believe it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive*.  Our mission is to help you spark a passion for adventure, a love of cultural differences, and a vision of global responsibility in your children … without missing any of the fun of a trip well-taken.

Traveling with your kids can be more rewarding than any traveling you have done before.  It’s a new adventure for everyone.  Kids will be full of energy, inquisitive, excited and surprisingly brave.  They will open up new cultural doors for you as strangers ask them questions, storekeepers speak to them in broken English, and local children invite them to play on the playground.  As in other aspects of your life, kids will shed new light on things you might otherwise have only seen through the dulled lens of adult experience.

“To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.” – Robert Louis Stevenson