A Day in the Life of a Hospital Clown

My husband Nicolas and I met in 2005 over boiled eggs in a hotel in Hannover. We were working at a theatre festival, he with a mask-theatre company and I as a giant kangaroo on bouncing stilts (true!). We were excited to discover that we were both “hospital clowns” – he in Switzerland and I…

Laughing and Learning

Why did Miss Tomato turn red?   …  She saw Mr. Green pea. Not funny? Well, you are not in third grade. If you are reading this, you are most likely over 18 and a parent. BUT, you are also interested in what makes your kids laugh, learn, and apply logic. Kids love jokes, and according…

Giggle Parenting for the Morning Rush

Using humour in parenting is the focus of this question and answer. It’s reprinted with permission from Kate Orson’s website. Kate is a Hand in Hand parenting instructor. Hi Kate, I would love some advice on how to be more playful and laugh and relax with my kids. I am often way too serious and…

Laughter Yoga

Ho, Ho, Ho! Ha, Ha, Ha! Hee, Hee, Hee! Laughter helps us to experience more fun and joy and enables us to deal with and/or let go of the stresses and strains in our lives. When you laugh, it is like you are playing and having fun whilst making yourself happy and healthy. What is…

Good News from Lemlem Baro School

Mothering Matters Switzerland has been supporting the registered Swiss charity, Ethiopian Enterprises over the last two years with financial contributions and by coordinating a book drive in 2016 for the new library at the Lemlem Baro School. What a year 2016 was for Ethiopian Enterprises, its board members and supporters, and the school community of…

Finding Your Fun at Basler Fasnacht

Before you and your kids set off for either a part or the full three days of Fasnacht (Carnival), it is important to know that Basler Fasnacht is all about having fun but it is, in good Swiss manner, regulated fun – there are a few rules and traditions that need to be followed in order…

Teasing Out the Fun at Kinderfasnacht

As a child, I experienced Fasnacht (Carnival) through my father’s tales. So when I moved to Basle, it was one of the events I anticipated the most. I remember my very first Fasnacht after moving to Basle in my early twenties. I loved the idea of walking around the town, especially the old cobbled streets, with…

Funny Turns in Children

Funny turns are surprisingly common in children, and they are funny-strange, not funny-amusing. A funny turn describes something that happens quite suddenly, making your child behave, move or act in an odd way. Your child may even lose consciousness. A funny turn may be described as a seizure, fit, convulsion, collapse, spell, or faint. It…