Freedom of Speech

March 31st, 2007

Are mothers not allowed to give their opinions?

This topic was inspired by one of our adventures on Friday. It starts when I was contacted by Gymboree, because this company found my comments about the open day at Gymboree Zug negative.

First of all, I would like to make some remarks:

  • The open day at Gymboree Zug was the only day that we had contact with it. We have not attended any trial courses before nor after it. So, what I wrote there was merely my opinion about that specific day.
  • We are attending two courses at Gymboree Zurich, and we actually love it. The two courses which are Play and Music are not only good but excellent.
  • We were interested in attending one course at Gymboree Zug as the schedule matched perfect with ours plus it is actually the nearest Gymboree franchise from our home. Therefore our interest in attending the open day.

With this blog, I intend not only to announce events, but also to give my opinions about them and to open a space where all moms can express themselves. I usually write my own experiences and hope that you use it if it fits you or leave it if it does not. Moreover, I am always happy to read comments on the blog because that actually gives me some feedback.

I believe on freedom of speech and if Gymboree or any other service provider about whom I write disagrees with my opinions, I would encourage them to both take the honest feedback from a customer as an opportunity to improve their services, and to make their opinions public by leaving comments on the blog so everyone can benefit and know about all the sides in the discussion.

New Aldi in Horgen

March 16th, 2007

One of my German teachers used to talk a lot about how she missed from Germany an Aldi store. Even though, I’m still not a client of it, I know that it is the one which offers the best prices for almost any basic product in Germany and that they are expanding to Switzerland.

Just in case you are interested, it seems that a project of building a new branch in Horgen is about to happen, and the plans are to have it ready by the end of next year.

Parenting Fair Bake sale

March 15th, 2007

A quote from Esther de Vries:”The Fair is a wonderful way of finding out all about parenting resources in the area and even beyond” .

  • Where: in the Kirchgemeindehaus in Kilchberg
  • When: this Saturday, 17 March 2007
  • Time: non specified
  • Who: For all parents with children that would like to have fun with Face Painting, Magic Show, Story Telling, International food stalls, PC Help, and over 60 Exhibitors.
  • Comments: Refreshments all day and much much more

UPDATE: We did attend this event and it was quite good. The entrance was free of charge and there were lots of activities for children. There were also many information booths and very tasty international food.

Overall, what we found it of most interest was the information that we got about all the DayCare institutions as well as Kindergartens as we might enroll our daughter in one of them.

I certainly recommend it to you in case you are interested in attending next year.

Gymboree Zug: Open day

March 14th, 2007

The Gymboree site located in Zug is having an open day for you and your baby to “sniff in Music, Play and Arts”.

  • When: 17 March 2007
  • Where: At Gymboree Play & Music Zug, Bahnhof Zug (second floor), 6300 Zug.
  • Time: 14:00pm – 16:00pm
  • Who: For all parents with children from 0 to 5 years old.
  • Comments: Drinks and snacks will be offered.

UPDATE: We did attend the open day at Gymboree located in Zug. Having already experience with Gymboree sites, we did find the open day not very enthusiastic. We really went just to sniff because we did not feel very attracted by the way the organization was conducted. I have to give credits though to the music teacher who did her best to keep everyone focused in the class and not get distracted by the crying babies attending.

Cooking problems anyone out there?

March 14th, 2007

Back in my rebelious young years, when I remember my siblings calling me a spoiled mouse. I remember, my mother cooking for me meals without meat that I would enjoy. She would make about three to four different main courses as one of my sisters could not eat any diary products, and another brother did not tolerate tomato or battered dishes. The amazing part is that the cooking time that it took for her to cook everything is more or less the same time that it is taking me now to cook just one dish for my baby and myself.

Diversity is also a problem that I have been experiencing. As my baby grows, she is developing a very fine taste which lately, I find very hard to satisfy. Am I alone here? I do not know. I wonder if my mother use to feel the same when she started to be a mom. Unfortunately, I cannot ask her as she is not longer with us.

FamExpo, Kinder und Familienmesse

March 14th, 2007

FamExpo is organizing the children and family expo. More information as follows:

  • When: 4-6 May 2007
  • Where: ABB Event-Halle 550 Zurich-Oerlikon
  • Theme: Helden des Alltags (Everyday heroes)
  • Comments: It is quite expensive for what they offer. At least, that was our impression last year that we attended. Anyway, you might find it interesting and worth the 15CHF admission price.

Das Kind, Gesundheit Sprechstunde Spezial

March 14th, 2007

It has been about a year that I have been subscribed to the Gesundheit Sprechstunde magazine, and besides two or three editions, I have not found it very interesting until now. They released a special issue with the title is: Das Kind, Der Weg vom Baby zum Teenager.

In it you will find interesting topics such as

• detailed schedule for the indispensable medical checkups that the baby will need from the day she is born up to 2 years.
• if the baby might have Asthma
• an informative article about the Pneumococcus bacteria.

among other articles.

Weaning my baby, my personal experience

February 2nd, 2007

When my baby was born, it was clear to me that giving her breast milk was the best option for her. However, after giving birth, I was diagnosed with a ligament disease, for which I need medication. Needless to say that I could not breast feed and take the medication at the same time.

I fully breast fed my baby for eight months and after that I could not tolerate the pain anymore. So, I decided it was time to start weaning my baby. As a new mom, it was not clear to me how to do it. My first step was to make a trip to the pharmacies and ask for some samples of the formulas that are available in Switzerland. Following, I used a baby spoon to give the sample of the first formula to my baby. As it turn out, she did not like any but the last one that I tried.

Once I had the formula that my baby less dislike from all, the second step was to go to the baby shops where I bought different nipples. This was the most difficult part of the weaning process, because my baby was just not interested in drinking formula from any silicon or latex material. So, the third step was to pay a visit once again to different baby shops and buy any other kind of cup. Finally, she did like the “sippycup”, a cup with a soft or hard beak from which she can drink and it has a valve to prevent the liquids from spilling.

Now, having the formula and the sippycup, we started to give her small quantities of formula, of course her main source of nurturing was still the breast milk and solids. We gradually increased the frequency of offering her formula until one day she started accepting it without a problem as her main milk.

The whole process lasted about five weeks, and it was so gradual that by the end my milk production had also stopped.

Coming back!

January 25th, 2007

Hi everyone!

We just returned from a very long vacation and are finally settled down once again to the Swiss life. I have so much to write, so stay tuned.

Happy new year!!!!

New Course: Sing and Sign

November 21st, 2006

Course 1:

At the French Church, Schanzengasse 25, 8001 Zurich
Every Tuesday starting January 16th through March 27th
(no class February 13th)

Course 2:

At the Birthlight Centre, Grüngasse 21, 8004 Zurich
Every Thursday starting January 18th through March 28th
(no class February 15th)

For more information go to Sing and Sign

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