Author: Martin Pedersen

Tsunami hits South Pacific Islands

ABC Australia (link) has several articles on the Tsunami that hits Samoa and countries in the South Pacific.   I feel that discussing natural disasters, and the devestation that they can bring to an area, is important for children.  In this case learn what a tsunami is and how they happen.  I would tend to discuss the devestation aspect in moderation but… Read more →

Travel with Kids? Of Course you Can!!

“You are lucky you travelled when you had the chance…….you know……before you had kids.” In my past life as a respectable employed member of society I worked as a buyer for an international grocery store chain.  Being a buyer meant having to meet with many over eager sales people hoping to make that major sale.  When someone new had an… Read more →

Shark Sanctuary to be Created in Palau

The Associated Press, though MSNBC (link) reports on the tiny Micronesian country of Palau and their efforts to create a shark sanctuary within their territory.  This is a good article to discuss with kids the problems of illegal fishing, in this case sharks for shark fin soup.  Logistically it will be almost impossible to enforce without international assistance or a change… Read more →

Dust Storm in Australia

I was fascinated by the videos provided on the ABC (Australia Broadcasting Corporation) Site (link) and the photos on the BBC site (link).  These are stunning images of a dust storm that has blanketed the East Coast of New South Wales Cin Australia, including Sydney.  Natural events such as this dust storm are fascinating to kids, at least I would have been, and… Read more →

Discovering Turkmenistan

BBC News (link) gives a brief look into a country that many know little about.  When I was a kid I had this facination for remote and exotic places and I would love to learn about a place like Turkmenistan.  Just looking at places that are different than home can bring interest in learning about the world. Read more →

Budgeting without Sacrifices?

I find that if you want to see what the root human emotion is to an action, just test it on a child.  I wanted to test the word sacrifice and the common simple definition is ‘Giving up something valued’.   Let’s see, Jada seems to value this dolly she is holding.  Now if I come slowly and take this dolly… Read more →