Author name: Lana Jelenjev

Lana Jelenjev is a freelance educational consultant who recently got diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37. She blogs about her activities with her children at Smart Tinker (http://www.smarttinker.com/). Lana recently started writing about her musings on parenting at Goodness, Grace and Gratitude (http://www.goodnessgraceandgratitude.com/), as she navigates through a new territory of hospital visits, a whirlwind of feelings and in finding compassion as she battles breast cancer, a disease that her mom succumbed to at age 49.

Wordless Wednesday: Children’s Toys from Around The World

Life must be lived as PLAY – Plato Here in the Netherlands, November starts the frenzy on children’s toys and gifts as part of the Sinterklaas tradition.  Come December 5, children all over the country awaits “pakjesavond” and their much-awaited gift from Sinterklaas. With the amount of toys and gadgets everywhere, it is interesting to […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Kids’ Drawings from Around The World

“When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I’ve got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything.” Ellsworth Kelly Award winning illustrator, Chris Riddell, advocates the importance of drawing with children. He even emphasize that drawing with children should be placed alongside reading a bedtime story. However, the importance

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Art Around the World: Puhui Chinese New Year Posters

Here in the Netherlands, the celebration of Chinese New year is not so common. When I asked my children what Chinese around the globe celebrate at this time of the year they were clueless and I was glad I had this activity in mind to introduce to them the Chinese New Year celebration. I presented

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Transitioning to a “MAKE-YOUR-OWN” Christmas Tradition

With the children growing up we have started a Christmas tradition of “making our own” Christmas decors, cards or gifts. The past two years we have slowly introduced the notion of buying less store bought gifts and last year, we have started giving them a “budget” to buy gifts for family members. Now at age

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