Parenting While Sick

I vividly remember being sick as a parent with young children. I think the experience must be like army boot camp. You stumble through the day, muddy and exhausted, with body parts aching, but there’s no rest. And that’s because a drill sergeant is shrieking in your face making...

Cuale Spay and Neuter Clinic Needs Help!

The new leader of Cuale Clinic seeks donors; all donations MATCHED to 15 December If you want something done, ask a busy person. Volunteers already known for their reliableefforts supporting Puerto Vallarta animal welfare charities are natural choices to continue the work of the Cuale Spay and Neuter Clinic...

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Visiting the Vallarta Botanical Garden is a great way for families to spend quality time together, something that’s especially important on holidays. On Thursday, November 23, the Garden will be serving a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast, complemented by live music, from 12:00 until 5:00 pm – for just $49.95 USD per...

Friendship Club Launches New Season

Whether you live in Puerto Vallarta year-round or, like me this year, return to Vallarta after taking some months away, it is exciting to return to the International Friendship Club (IFC) to see old friends and make new ones. The Club’s 2023-24 season opens with live music (featuring Xochiquetzal,...

A Day in the Life of an Awakening Mind

I asked one of my grandsons when he was still in that wonderful age of “innocence’, “Francesco, what would you do to save the world?” Without hesitation, he answered, “Grandma, I would make everyone nice to each other.” I soon discovered that to be nice was far more complex...

Pumpkin Expectations

Last weekend, I went with a colleague to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, for an early childhood teacher’s conference. While I didn’t originally decide to write a traveler’s guide to Monterrey for my column this week, I think this is a good time to share a few interesting things about Monterrey...

Can Siblings Actually Get Along? (Part Two)

Last week, I wrote about the amazing, wonderful, unrealistic ideas I had about parenting when I was a young mother. One of them was the idea that having children twenty months apart would result in inseparable playmates who would keep each other entertained. And I guess that was partly...

Can Siblings Actually Get Along? (Part One)

Sometimes I like to reflect a bit on some of the goals I had as a young mother. I shake my head and smile a little about how I considered these goals realistic and completely attainable. And I feel a great deal of compassion and a little bit of...

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