Category Archives: Kids

It’s been long…


“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” ― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, … Continue reading

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Conversations in the car


The best time to connect with your children is usually around the dinner table. They tell you about their day, you lock eyes, you eat, they talk some more, and it’s all nice and pleasant. Conversational even.  For amateurs!!  You … Continue reading

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Breakfast in bed


My youngest will be having an early birthday party today. Her actual birthday falls on a school day this year. She is turning 8.  She is having a friend sleepover, she’s all excited about the cake and the friends coming, … Continue reading

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Karma, explained.


Sitting in my room, my seven-year-old comes and sits next to me on my bed.  “Mom, do you realize that I have been behaving nicely?” “Yes, you have been great. Hardly misbehaving. I’m proud of you.” “Great, so that means … Continue reading

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Theology 101


As we were decorating the Christmas tree, my six-year-old and I, listening to Boney M’s ‘Little Drummer Boy’ on repeat with the call to prayer from a nearby Dubai mosque in the background, my kid thought it was a good … Continue reading

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Conversation over pancakes


My six-year-old and I share a love of pancakes on weekends.  Some of our most giggly moments are spent in the kitchen mixing the batter and arguing about what shapes to make.  I can usually fool her into accepting simple … Continue reading

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The soda fountain of youth


“Do we all have to die?” my six-year-old asked me as I was putting her pyjamas on last night. Taken aback, I had to think fast and finally replied: “People usually die when they’re old. At the end of their … Continue reading

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Happiness to go


What does it take to be happy?  A combination of peace of mind, stability, security, health, family, friends, comfort, helping others, fame, fortune, and a good prospect of a successful future would seem like a good formula. This week I … Continue reading

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A Lebanese Identity Crisis


  Check out this new Lebanese TV ad (link below) promoting ‘Lebanese Brew’ beer.  I would love to meet whoever came up with the concept for this campaign and slap them.  What in Heaven’s name are they trying to encourage … Continue reading

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Do you speak Lebanese-ish?


Learning Arabic in Dubai My six-year-old munchkin is learning Arabic in school.  She sounds like a unique mix of Emirati and Armenian, which is not in itself bad had it existed, but I don’t think it does. Let’s just say … Continue reading

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