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Posted on Mar 15, 2015 |

12 Days Back Home in Israel, 10 Insights from the Home Front- Nomadic Family Reunited

12 Days Back Home in Israel, 10 Insights from the Home Front- Nomadic Family Reunited

12 days back home in Israel and 10 insights that are screaming at me to listen. They have to scream cuz it’s louder here than it was in my home alone in Goa, but not really because my neighbors were this huge mass of vibrating, pulsating, emotional disaster and I would chose my own family chaos (though I am emotionally involved) over their mess any day. So it screams because the decibels in my mind have shifted and sometimes you have to raise your voice (the true one) to be heard over all the other competing chatter. I am in a calmer state than I have been for many years. Yes, I still got chokingly offended and wanted to escape in those two enormous fights Kobi and I managed to get into; yes, I cried and had a panic attack when all three kids whined/begged/demanded of me at the same time when we walked in the door and I didn’t know how to handle that much ‘being wanted’ after...

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Posted on Feb 8, 2015 | 3 comments

Happy 12th Birthday Orazi- the Most Beautiful Boy in the World [Photo Essay]

Happy 12th Birthday Orazi- the Most Beautiful Boy in the World [Photo Essay]

    I’m here and they are there, and yet the distance makes me fall in love with my best and only son none the less. Happy birthday to our young prince, our flirty, funny dancing mini-Kobi. Happy birthday to the one male in the house who can spoil and gently care for his sisters one second and terrorize them the next. Happy birthday to the one kid who knows best how to make deadly traps and how to perfectly balance his mini-manhood with knitting, flower-picking, and art activities. You are our gentle, sensative little man, our little cherub with those blonde curls and blue eyes who, even in moments when we most want to murder you, you manage to charm your way out of it. This photo essay is for you Chazi.                            Mosaic art in Ecuador                                      ...

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Posted on Feb 1, 2015 | 10 comments

Dahnya’s Bat Mitzvah- I Hope You Dance- Nomadic Family World Travel Returns Home- Kiryat Shemona, Israel

Dahnya’s Bat Mitzvah- I Hope You Dance- Nomadic Family World Travel Returns Home- Kiryat Shemona, Israel

Finally, I can catch my breath and share what a joy celebrating for Dahnya was. It was everything she hoped and all that our princess deserved. We were surrounded by those who love us most, dear old friends from our previous life eons before we left Israel, precious and dear family whom embrace us in ever-love and laughter, and the chance to do right by Dahnya and make this day that she’d been planning for years (literally!) exactly as she wished it. The videos were gifts to Dahnya- one from us to uur precious reminding her the lyrics of the song we dedicated to her when she was born, but delivered with the love of family and friends across the globe. The other video is from film director and closest friend Angela (The Nomadic Family Project) as a testament of how brave and powerful and what a hero Dahnya really is. Dahnya has had one rocky return to a hostile social reality and said to me one day how she remembers her bravery...

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Posted on Jan 4, 2015 |

Worldschooling Education- When Parents Abuse Their Kids and Kids Learn Irrelevant Stuff [Video Montage]

Worldschooling Education- When Parents Abuse Their Kids and Kids Learn Irrelevant Stuff [Video Montage]

People sometimes assume that we are abusing our children [Do not read if you don’t feel like an elevated heart rate]. Some think we are in a never-ending mid-life crisis in which we are dragging our poor children around the globe (with nothing to do all day) with no end in sight. We actually have concrete evidence of the abuse and, on most days, we feel like we’re doing a pretty good job teaching our kids too much about sex, how to hate missionaries, and how to leave your mess for other people to clean up for you. We’re also keen on the lessons they’ve learned about how to be unmanly, how to fit into the hood, and how to take risks that almost kill you that maybe you shouldn’t have. But after all the dramatic stuff there is a lot of learning that takes place in living like a local, knowing nothing, and  hating this home and that one. Some learning take place in the quiet crevices of...

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Posted on Dec 30, 2014 | 4 comments

IKEA The Other Letter- The Lessons We Know Most and Why I’m Living Offline

IKEA The Other Letter- The Lessons We Know Most and Why I’m Living Offline

So, I remember as a child, my mom had this parenting book at her bedside stand. And I picked it up one day and read it and got so excited! It talked about how parents need to spend more time with their kids and how only through time spent together can parents build the positive relationships they wish to have with their kids. And I earmarked that page and got so excited that my mom would read it, and then, and then, and then she would know. And then, surely, she would spend time with me. And though that day never did happen, I get it. Now, I get it. I get how there is always another thing to do to run a household, how there is always twenty things on the to do list and that doing them feels productive, reduces stress, and makes the emptiness gnawing at the silent corners of our soul shut up. Conscious Parenting Many years ago, waaaay before The Nomadic Family and waaaaay before...

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