School Registration in the Bay Area, A Tale of Woe

Have you ever had to camp outside an Apple store, waiting for the newest iPhone release? Do you have a tradition to stand in line on Black Friday? Well, we haven’t done any of that, but have you ever had to spend the night in a line outside an elementary school for school registration? We did (kind of).

Preschool in the Bay Area: A Difficult Search

When I moved to the Bay Area one year ago, I had a picture in my head of how my life would look there. I would find the perfect house (or at least one which was suitable for us), send the children to an amazing preschool, have time for myself and my career. I was waiting for perfect weather and beaches in the afternoons. I knew that some of these things would be harder to get than others but I also knew that at the end of the day I would get there in the end. I thought I planned […]

Starting School in the Bay: A Family Affair

In Sweden, there is a distinct dichotomy between school and family life, and as a parent you might ask to come to class for a day during a school year, to observe what your child does all day, but it would probably end there. The school is the workplace of the teacher and the children, and parents respectfully stay away. In contrast, here in the US, the school wants you in the classroom. This became apparent as my oldest son is starting school this year.