About me…..

Hi! I’m Mindy!  The Mom of the Swiss Family Carlson!

I started this blog years ago as a forum to talk about the joy of creating and designing quilts and handbags and putting together costumes for various Halloweens and school plays.  After a few years of focusing only on sewing I started branching out and talking more about life, family, and philosophy.

We lived for too brief a time in Basel, Switzerland, where our lives changed forever. Switzerland changed how I view parenting, travel, food, and the United States – all for the better. It is the best thing that we ever did for our family. You will see some of that European influence on my writing.

I have my Master’s of Science in Organization Development from American University.  I serve as a consultant to organizations in various capacities and have the privilege of acting as a life coach to people who are experiences a life transition.

I also served as the Administrative Head of School for Rock Creek Montessori School for 3 years before we moved to Switzerland and now serve as their Director of Admissions.  I am intensely interested in education and parenting, so quite a few of my articles focus on how organization development techniques and Montessori methods to inform how I parent.

I hope you enjoy it and your comments are always welcome.


For Media:

Mindy Carlson, M.S.O.D., is a life coach, wife, and mother of 2 spirited boys living in Washington, DC. After growing up on a farm in Iowa, she went into university administration and then Montessori pre-school education before becoming an organization development consultant. Her entire parenting philosophy changed after her family moved to Switzerland and started to observe the success of the Swiss style of parenting. She blogs about parenting, cooking, and travel as the Swiss Family Carlson at http://www.MindyQs.com. Her writing can be found in such outlets as AFineParent.com, Big Life Journal, and The Washington Post.

15 thoughts on “About

  1. Well hello there. I just read your post online about kids and boredom. I had no idea you lived in Switzerland and was involved in montessori.
    I’m a New Zealander also living in Switzerland – but deep in the mountains of toggenburg, canton st Gallen.
    My 5 year old is very social and is constantly complaining of boredom when she is not making play dates with friends. It’s very hard to engage her, she will sit and look out the window for what seems like hours on end. As a mum I’ve needed to turn Pinterest off and stop organising a program for the kids to allow them to be bored. I thought to be a good mum I needed to be crafting, doing science experiments and full on activity programs all the time (although none of this was on offer from my parents and that was ok!).
    Anyways – lovely to read your blog and thanks do much for the timely article.
    Do your kids really get through that long list b4 screen time? If so, full respect mama!!


    1. Hi Kathy! I have been to St. Gallen twice, once was just last week with my best friend. Don’t worry about your child staring out the window too much. Her thoughts and ideas are starting to perk up and pretty soon she’ll get up to do something. I actually like staring out the window of the tram as I go to pick up the kids and let my thoughts just go. And, yes, my kids do get through the long list of stuff to do before screen time. They were 9 and 6 when I started the list. If they don’t want the screen they don’t have to do the list, however, they do tend to be motivated to get a little iPad time. 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve like this article. I have others on this site. I’m hoping you like my post on St. Gallen.


  2. It’s February here in Woodway, a small forested hamlet on Puget Sound about ten miles north of Seattle. We’ve been snowed for the past five days and I have been hankering for my mother’s honey drop cookies. On a whim I decide to Google other recipes. Yours, posted two years ago, is almost exactly my mother’s recipe. However, she always made them as little sandwiches with apricot or raspberry jam spread in the middle (I prefer apricot). Her recipe was passed down from my grandmother.


    1. I love the idea of making them into sandwich cookies. I will try it with some apricot jam. I am so thrilled that you found a recipe that reminds you of your mother and grandmother. I have recipes from my mother and grandmother and great-grandmother that I like to cook when I’m missing them. It makes me feel close to them.


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