Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Birthday Cards!

Everyone loves getting things in the mail.

Except bills. No one likes bills.

Birthday cards are however fantastic.

When you create a Little Lexicon book we'll send you a free birthday card on your kiddo's big day. There are three designs to choose from, and we'll even customize the card with your child's name and happy birthday greetings in their two languages!

We can send it via good old fashioned snail-mail, or if you prefer, by email (slightly less fun though).

Our cards feature the awesomely cute creatures by the talented illustrator Michaela Komarkova.

Check out more of her work here.

Little Lexicon on Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast!

Olena from Bilingual Kids Rock interviewed me a while back about Little Lexicon. You can listen to the podcast HERE!

It was a lot of fun to chat with her. In case you're not familiar, she runs an AMAZING blog all about raising bilingual kids.

Check it out!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Little Lexicon on Bilingual Monkeys

Adam Beck, the well known blogger was kind enough to offer me an interview on his blog, Bilingual Monkeys. He's an amazing dad who does SO much for the bilingual parenting community. I'm totally honored to be featured on his blog! Daddy bloggers unite! ;)

Check it out here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Little Lexicon on Trilingual Mama

Maria from Trilingual Mama was one of the first people to sign up for Little Lexicon. Her input has be invaluable for resolving a few issues with the application. In other words she's a trooper for putting up with a few bugs. :)

She has 4 (!) kids,  and the youngest Remy is of Little Lexicon age. She recently needed to go out of town for a few days and leave her kids with a relative. Perfect opportunity to road test her Little Lexicon book!

I'm really curious to see how helpful the book was for the relatives keeping the kids.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Little Lexicon on Kid World Citizen

Kid World Citizen is an awesome blog focused on raising kids to be citizens of the whole planet. If you are looking for a way to introduce your small ones to world culture and the value that differences can bring you'll want to check it out.

Recently they invited me to write a guest post there about Little Lexicon. Read it here. Becky, the owner of the blog was very gracious in lending me her respectably sized soapbox. :) Her blog is great, and I'm just happy to be a part of the network.

You can read more about Becky here. She's kind of amazing.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Balancing aspirations and reality in parenthood

Raising kids has to be the most rewarding experience possible in life. All the moments of amazing, sublime joy are simply too numerous to even count. But as they say, those things most worth doing are often the most difficult thing to do.

Our life over the past year has gotten more and more hectic. Our oldest boy is now 2.5 years old and really a pretty manageable and easy going kid. The temper tantrums are less and less, and he's generally very easy to handle. The little one is 10 months, and is also pretty easy going. Even with this advantage there is never a down moment.

Me and my wife both work from home, and this means we are often at odds over working hours. We're lucky to have relatives nearby who babysit regularly, but even then I don't seem to manage more than 15 or 20 hours of work in a good week. This gets really frustrating.

Building Little Lexicon was a big experiment for me. If I had a normal working schedule the app could have been ready months ago. Over the course of about 6 months I managed to get it put together, and I'm now at the point where I can maintain it with the little time I have during the week.

For me the hardest part is not the work / life balance, but rather the reality / aspirations balance. How to manage your expectations when there are severe external limits to what you can achieve. This has been a great source of frustration and even anger in moments when there are things that I need to do but cannot get to.

I love having kids, and it's such an inspiration on many fronts, but it also can become tough mentally when you feel like you are not achieving what you want to.

I curious how other parents deal with this. Any tricks or advice for a young father?

I'm having a lot of fun making themes

Probably too much. I'm afraid I might not be able to stop actually.

When you create a book you can choose a theme which influences the color scheme of the UI that people will see when they view your book, as well as giving you a nifty bookcover design. Here are
some of them so far.

They also have some pretty silly names. ^_^