What We Learned About Parenting At Starbucks

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“When our son was 4, he fell in love. The object of his affection was voluptuous—far too old for him. He saw her constantly. She had long flowing hair and intense eyes. He called her his “little love.” The crown she wore lent an air of power while sleek fins encircling her projected steady but enticing mystery.

The fact that our son was smitten by the Starbucks Mermaid was our fault.

One of our oldest family traditions is spending Saturday mornings at the local coffee shop. Started long before kids came along, this easy-going tradition was a sweet opening to weekends. We didn’t have a lot of money and the coffee shop fit our wallet. Wherever we lived, we targeted the local, indie or chain, just as long as we could reach it by foot. Whether sunny and blistering hot, wintry and blowing icy winds, we’d wake up and sleepily trudge towards the coffee shop hand in hand.

When we started having kids, going out for coffee each Saturday morning was a tradition we were determined to continue. We selfishly coveted this entrée into the weekend as a young couple and didn’t want kids to change this beloved routine.”

Read in full on Brain, Child.

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Creative Non-Fiction by Kathryn Streeter

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Through the Sand: A driving lesson from Dubai, by Kathryn Streeter. With our interest in Dubai roused by our recent publication of Rony Nair, we were delighted to received this submission; an American’s perspective on living in Dubai. Enjoy!

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Through the Sand
A Driving Lesson from Dubai*

Creative Non-Fiction by Kathryn Streeter

“Let Go Of Your Travel Agenda. Organic Adventure Will Catch You.”

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/02/let-go-of-your-travel-agenda-organic-adventure-will-catch-you/

This is it, folks—the full story on elephant journal. Originally published in a
condensed version by Great Moments in Parenting, I had a passion for seeing
this story more comprehensively understood, for the sake of begging the
question once and for all: shouldn’t we all just ditch our rigid travel
agendas? Isn’t it the bare unknown that is by definition adventure? You tell
me…

My short essay “Strength Training: What Travel and Adventure Did For Our Family” published today by Great Moments in Parenting

Depicting a family trip to Germany taken ten years after my husband and I had lived there sans kids, this short essay probes the possibility of memories robbing the present if one isn’t careful. Today’s experiences, after all, are tomorrow’s memories.

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http://greatmomentsinparenting.com/essays/strength-training-what-travel-and-adventure-did-for-our-family/

Psst.

The Story-In-Motion link on kathrynstreeter.com offers a sneak peek at one of my stories which hasn’t landed—thus, ‘in motion.’ Currently featured, A Moving Tale describes a painful family trip to IKEA after moving to London. I knew it was going to be a big day. I knew it would be a very long day. But it proved to be a remarkably full day in ways I couldn’t have predicted.

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