Our Journey

Our Journey

I’ve always found inspiration in the developing world where the pace is slow and the people have so little. Usually it’s the strength and resilience in the women that I admire the most. However on a recent trip to Central America I have been changed forever by a group of children – many of them teenagers!! In fact the most respectful, thoughtful , smart, gentle and happy teens I’ve ever come across. Not a lick of attitude amongst them! “Who are their parents?” you ask. No parents, just an amazing organization and a lot of love and structure. As many of you know each summer [...]

Why I created HipMum

Why I created HipMum

I believe women in general are extraordinary, but mothers (not to blow my own trumpet) never cease to amaze me. As the proud mother of four incredible little people (ages 11,9,6, and 4) I understand the meaning of selflessness. Like most families, there is never a dull moment in our house. I’m constantly wishing I had more time to spend with each child and more time to myself. And I wish my bathroom felt less like a highway! Regardless of whether we’ve chosen to work from home, climb the corporate ladder, start a business or stay home with the kids – mothers are the busiest [...]

Back to School

October 1, 2011

One of our goals here was to immerse ourselves into the language, so my 2 girls and I attend a wonderful language school each day from 8am-12pm where we each have our own teacher. It’s been many many many years since I studied anything and after 4 hours of Spanish each day, I do feel like my brain is a bit fried but the thrill have being able to understand a simple question like ‘Are all these kids yours?’ and being able to respond, feels super cool.

My first teacher was 24 year old Walter who would ask each day ‘Why didn’t you do your homework?’ and give me a blank stare when I tried to explain that I had 4 kids (and a husband who had not yet arrived in the country) and by the time I get them all into bed in the evenings, I generally shut down, unplug, no brain power left. Not sure whether he thought I was an impossible challenge or what, but the following week I was told I would have a new teacher. Ilanda is fabulous -  a mother of 3 and a lot of the lesson we discuss our kids. No more raised eyebrows over homework – she gets it.

The best part about our language school is that I get to go to school with my daughters. We walk to a fabulous bakery at recess for a snack and talk about what we’ve been learning. Together we navigate our way through the market, bank or where ever our day takes us and work together to construct some phrases in Spanish to get our message across. My eldest daughter learnt basic Spanish at her school in Chicago over the past 2 years so her Spanish is more advanced so often she is my teacher. It is a very humbling experience to have my 9 year old correct my pronunciation or remind me over and over of a word that won’t stick in my head.

Once again, I feel grateful to be sharing this experience with my kids while they are at an age when it’s cool to go to school with their mother. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

www.learnspanishya.com

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One Comment

  1. Cally said...

    Love it!! It’s so great that you all get teo learn together! What memories that they will have one day.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

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