| Dec 16, 2004

Reflections on rich learnings we all shared

When I began writing this column, I thought it would be a one-year gig. My editors thought so too. But things went well, and for nearly four years now I’ve reported in this space about my children’s experiences in Japanese school. I’ve penned more ...

| Nov 18, 2004

The right way to teach values in school

How do you teach a child right from wrong? I certainly don’t have all the answers. In our home, we’re still working on why you can’t hit your brother, even when he’s being deliberately annoying — as he has been all this week, answering ...

| Sep 16, 2004

Reading-out-loud renaissance falls upon deaf ears

I’m a fan of “Doraemon,” the long-running children’s television show about a blue robot cat from the future, who lives with an average family on the outskirts of Tokyo. The Japanese is relatively easy to understand, and I love Doraemon’s magic pocket, from which ...

| Jun 17, 2004

When the summer vacation is just too long

Just try to find something for foreign kids to do in Japan in the summer. There aren’t many options, even if your children speak Japanese, as mine do. The most difficult period of all is the five or six weeks after international schools close ...

| Apr 15, 2004

When foreign children run afoul of the law

My kids generally don’t mind it when I write about them in this column, although on occasion my older son has accused me of exploiting him for professional gain. It happened again when he heard the topic for today’s column. “You’re writing about foreign ...