In the United States, 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely, 1 in 10 in Canada. Worldwide, over 15 million babies are born too soon each year. While not all multiples are born prematurely, a multiple birth increases the probability of an early delivery. Babies born prematurely, before 37 weeks gestation, are at a higher … Continue reading November is Prematurity Awareness Month
In July last year, Maher bought me an iPhone for our anniversary. My frist ever Smartphone. Of course, I didn't even open it for a few months. Now I'm hooked. And then my brother introduced me to WhatsApp while complaining about how people don't just pick up the phone and call for a few minutes. … Continue reading For Just Being There
Erica: I am a Primary school teacher in Hong Kong. I’ve recently started a blog on moving towards a more minimalistic lifestyle. One of my hopes in living a simpler life is the freedom to be able to make a living doing my passion as opposed to being tied to a system I don’t believe … Continue reading Minimalism in Education: A Guest Post by Erica Killick
The emergency room doctor last night wanted to rule out appendicitis - seriously there are some crazy twin stories out there, this one would have been too much for me. Not sure if we can get out today, the paediatrician can't pinpoint the issue, and it was quite the painful bacterial, gastro issue. Leila and … Continue reading Today at the Bangkok Samui
Maher lives in Chengdu with his wife Natasha, and children Leila and Rahul. An amateur runner and yoga practitioner; he openly admits the difficulty of balancing his activities with work and raising children. Against all Odds Hong Kong 2009. These were stressful yet exciting times. Times where everything was possible, yet everything was impossible. Times … Continue reading Parenting and Practicing Yoga: Against all Odds by Maher Kassar
It’s bedtime. “Rahul, can you choose a few books for us to read tonight?” He brings 3 of his favorites. “Tuttle tuttle tree,” he repeats as we go through Dr. Seuss’s ABC imaginings. A comb, a brush, and a bowl full of… “Mush!” he beams, as we say goodnight to the room, the moon, the … Continue reading Bedtime Stories Part 1
When I learned that I share one thing with Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lopez, I was excited: the Maclaren Twin Techno double stroller. So it's not more glamorous than that, but hey, it's something. I "upgraded" from our well-used Twin Triumph only a few months ago. The first time I used it I was ecstatic. … Continue reading The Perfect Maclaren: Will We Make It?
Rahul stopped using the pacifier a week ago. I though it would be much harder than it has been. He asked for it only a handful of times since then and never insisted or cried. We simply told him he doesn't need it anymore. The trick was that for the first three days we were … Continue reading Pacifier-free