Category Archives: Parenting

Trials of being a parent

As I’ve said before, being a parent is often like fighting for a seat on a RyanAir flight. Sometimes it’s a school concert and parents arrive an hour early to dump their coats over an entire row to claim their seats. Sometimes parents are baking brownies and delivering them to the people in charge of the acceptance queue for the best school in town.

I am currently waiting in a line to sign my kid up for piano. For one day in August, at 8am, the Stockholm Culture Schools open their internet line to sign up for a spot in one of their classes. These are after-school activities like sports, drama, arts and music. Sure, there are other places you can find these after-school activities, but only the Culture School offers them for just $30 for the entire semester.

For parents, this is like trying to buy concert tickets to the most popular band in town for the same amount of money.

So many parents are waiting to sign up that there is a countdown on the website until 8am. Once 8am arrives, you receive a random place in line and wait. My place in line after it being open for 31 seconds?  Number 1449.

Looks like my kid is going to spend his year playing the kazoo.

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Good for kids!

Google Maps has this thing where it lets you know if an attraction is “good for kids.” Not sure exactly how well this works, as I found this while looking for things to do with my kids in Turin:

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Happy American Mother’s day

It’s not Mother’s day yet in Sweden, but for all in the U.S., here’s a message from me and Mr. T:

 

 

All of the other reindeer USED to laugh..

I had to go to the grocery store to buy reindeer for dinner tonight. I plan to tell the kids that these were the reindeer that just didn’t make the cut for the holidays. (Then I’m going to throw just one cherry tomato into the mix).

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Podcast episode 43 – Don’t Shake the Baby!

On this week’s podcast… Jarrett, from Calgary, thinks you people are WEAK! You want to see a real winter? Come to Calgary! (He also shares some expat stories from when he was a villain on Korean tv that you don’t want to miss.)

Available anywhere you get your podcasts. Just search for “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow”
Or click any of the following links!

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Why didn’t I think of that?

I can’t believe I never thought of doing this. I’ve tried wearing 4 layers of clothes but this one never occured to me!

 

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Trying once again to explain Halloween to Swedes

Listen to the latest bonus episode of our expat podcast as we make our yearly attempt to explain Halloween and Day of the Dead to the country of Sweden.

Available wherever you get your podcast by typing in “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” or at any of the links below:

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7
Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg
Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

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My cat’s feeling a little full of himself.

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Nothing to see here

Took the kids to a science experiment center last weekend. As we entered one of the live shows, the woman at the microphone said, “Welcome! Sorry about the accident at the previous show. We’re all set to go again!” And then the door closed, trapping us inside.

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I already have the real thing, thanks

Now luckily, I no longer have small children, but I saw this at the grocery store today. Win a free poop pillow from the diaper company.

Does someone actually want this? This isn’t aimed at teenagers or 5 year olds. This is aimed at parents who have to change diapers for small babies every day. WHY?! I think they’ve seen enough of the real stuff, and I’m pretty sure it isn’t smiling.

 

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Parent tip

Next time your kids have a party, introduce the “phone bowl!” Works great for having guests actually interact with each other!

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Terrible parent thoughts

While looking through party snack themes, I stumbled upon a few sites with tips for throwing a Peppa Pig party. My kids are too old for Peppa Pig, but I was thinking if I had to provide snacks for that party I’d bring pork rinds and bacon strips.

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Almost charitable, but not quite

What do you want for your birthday, son?

Instead of a gift for me, I want to give it to someone else.

Wow! That’s very charitable of you! Who would you like to give a gift to?

The cat.

Oh… uh… so what do you want to give the cat?

I would like you to order this hat for the cat to wear all day on my birthday.

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Frightening sick children

My son was sick last week with a bad cough and fever. After giving him some cough medicine and tea, I told him to rest. I then put on some music for him to relax. Unfortunately, the Horrible Histories album was already cued and when I hit the power button, the radio blared, “Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!”

I spent the next few minutes assuring my son that he did not have the plague.

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#16 – When Stairs Become Slides

On the podcast this week I talk to Ola, from Poland, about dubbing shows in other languages, the difference in Polish names and how to avoid ending up on crutches during the winter. Also, when practicing Swedish, a good tip is to talk to 2 year olds. They don’t judge.

https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/16-when-stairs-become-slides/

Also available on Spotify, iTunes, Podbean, Google podcasts….or anywhere you get your podcasts! Just type in “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow”

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Fast Food Coma

I waved my kids off at the airport this morning and went immediately to both KFC and Pizza Hut, as they were in the area. Of course, I had to grocery shop first because these crazy Swedes don’t eat fried chicken at 9am in the morning. (Just wait until they discover fried chicken and waffles.)

I just ate a small snack at KFC to try it out (first one in Stockholm) and I put the pizza box on the passenger seat and turned the seat warmer to HIGH! It worked great!

As I rarely eat fast food these days, I of course fell into a fast food coma for the afternoon. But I’m awake again and ready to tackle the leftover slices in the fridge tomorrow!

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Card packs

I had to explain to my Swedish family this morning how when I was in elementary school, we decorated boxes and everyone in class had to give everyone else a Valentine’s card. We would either make the cards or buy them in packs of 30 at the store. I explained that these cards often had popular characters that kids liked.

They had never heard of this.

So, for everyone who never heard of this or just for some nostalgia, here’s some examples of the packs sold in the 1980s when I was in elementary school, along with my comments:

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My husband didn’t believe there were actually Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cards

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Hamburgers equal love. Very American.

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“Hulkamania’s runnin’ wild on Valentine’s Day”? What does that even mean?

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Now who wouldn’t feel special to get a card from a raisin?

 

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My personal favorite

I’m about to become a surgeon!

Found this while looking for activities to do with my kids. My comments:

  1. Whoever did the write-up is brilliant!
  2. My grape wants to know why it has to wait almost 2 weeks to get it’s surgery done.
  3. I’m totally putting this on my cv.

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Gingerbread contest

Every year at the Architecture Museum in Stockhom, they hold a gingerbread house making contest during the month of December. There are different categories for professionals, teams, and amateurs. Each year has a theme (this year’s was “luxury”), and everyone votes on the best in each category.

I took the kids to see the entries. Here are a few:

This inspired us to go home and make our own “luxury” gingerbread house. Here is the result of our efforts:

Gingerbread house and hot tub

Bob comes home from his job at the bank to find his wife Barbara in the hot tub. Notice that the hot tub is almost the same size as the house. Also, their house is made of gingerbread. Luxury!

 

 

#6 Lucia Day has Major Health and Safety Issues

Rachel, from the UK, discusses her hatred of saffron buns and Lucia, why you can’t name your kid Ikea here, and lots of talk about stabbing!

All on this week’s podcast episode of “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow.” Hope you enjoy it!

https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/6-lucia-day-has-major-health-and-safety-issues/

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