Celebrating Bastille Day in America

Despite the circumstances that brought us back to the United States, it was important to me that our life in America honor Ben’s French heritage. One of the ways we have done this is by celebrating the 14th of July- France’s Independence Day. Like all great celebrations, ours involved good food and decorations. I couldn’t…

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How to immerse kids in a foreign language- even if you don’t speak one yourself

In a recent blog post, I mentioned the "One Parent, One Language" method for teaching a second language in the home. While a great option for many, it may be difficult to implement if, like me, you're a single parent, or alternatively, don't speak a second language, yourself. This was the situation I found myself…

Foreign language finds : Children’s books translated into French

When Ben was a baby, I knew that I wanted to speak to him in French as much as possible. The way this translated into our daily life was through our bedtime stories. However, back in 2012, access to foreign language books was much more complicated than it is today. Thankfully, today in 2019, companies…

Applying for French citizenship

It's a pretty rare thing- to feel a sense of accomplishment when dealing with the French bureaucracy. But today, as I finalize paperwork for Ben’s French citizenship, I have to step back and appreciate the "win". They happen so infrequently when dealing with a foreign legal system. I make no attempt to sugarcoat the fact…

A thought on “One Parent, One Language”… from a single parent

Do a quick Google search on raising bilingual children, and chances are, you will stumble across the phrase “One Parent, One Language”- the methodology often prescribed for teaching multiple languages in the home. The idea is relatively simple. If “mom” speaks fluent German, and “dad” speaks fluent French, then “mom” is to only speak German…

10 practical tips for your first trip to Paris

With summer right around the corner, and wedding season in full effect, I can usually count on getting several messages this time of year from friends and family who are considering a trip or honeymoon to Paris. After all, the smartest thing you can do before a vacation is make sure you're as prepared as…

Paris 2018: A tribute to Princess Diana, Lunch in the 8th, a river cruise on the Seine and the Trocadéro

Just beyond the Eiffel Tower, across the Pont de l'Alma bridge, lies a bittersweet monument, that I had planned to show my family. It's here, just after you cross over the Seine, that you are face-to-face with the very tunnel where Princess Diana's car crashed, 21 years ago. The exterior of the tunnel- covered in…