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Mother’s Day 2014

I’m sitting at the dining room table, munching on french fries, leftovers from friday night’s dinner, trying to chew quietly as I listen for any sounds of little children who might be attempting to boycott their naps.  The husband is at the hospital working on an emergency case. This is how I am spending Mother’s … Continue reading

Mommy Superpowers

Ever since I have had my own kids, I realized that I’ve acquired a new set of skills that I never thought would be possible.  In fact, I like to secretly refer to these skills as “super-powers” in certain situations involving small children.   Without further ado, here is a list of my Mommy Superpowers, … Continue reading

The Piano Lesson Legacy

Recently I enrolled my daughter in piano classes.  These “lessons” for preschoolers consist of 45 minutes of music theory in the form of small group singing, dancing, and games, along with another 10-15 minutes of one-on-one time with the teacher at the piano. A couple of weeks ago, the children were each given an assignment … Continue reading

Mama’s little girl

This past weekend was a big one for my daughter.  She attended a birthday party at a little girls’ spa/salon where she enjoyed a princess makeover, complete with a fancy pink ballgown, shiny lip gloss, hot-pink manicure, and even a glamorous up-do with glittery hairspray!  I thought she was going to burst with excitement.  The … Continue reading

Famous footwear

Tonight as my daughter was brushing her teeth, she asked me, “Mommy, can I wear my boots to school tomorrow?” Puzzled, I replied, “What boots?  You don’t own boots.”     She whined, “Yes I DO.  I DO have boots.  I want to wear them tomorrow!!!” I thought about it for a bit and said, … Continue reading

Skinny Minnie

As an Asian woman, there is a strange fine line of what it means to look  well-nourished  versus being too porky.   It is not uncommon to have Asian mothers/grandmothers/aunties  constantly hovering and pressuring young women to “Eat more, you too skinny!”  but then in the next breath, exclaim  “Don’t eat so much sweets! Your … Continue reading

What the Parenting Books didn’t tell me

I am a total rule-follower and like to read instruction manuals.  So it is not surprising that before my children were born, I did, in fact, read some parenting books, and even reflected on my clinical pediatric rotation experience (mainly stressing out about how I could possibly become a “nicer” parent). Despite all my preparation, … Continue reading

Smitten

My family and close friends know that I am really not a “baby/kid-friendly person”.   Some people, like my best friend V and my middle sister R are just naturally comfortable around small human beings. Their eyes light up with delight at the sight of pudgy thighs and chubby cheeks, where as I, on the … Continue reading

(Re)Learning Chinese

This morning, I was writing a card for my almost-90-year-old grandfather who lives in Taiwan. I just wanted to write something straight forward and heartfelt, like “I miss you and wish you could meet your great-grandchildren.” Of course, I was struggling over whether to write it in English and have my relatives read it to … Continue reading

The Parent Dating Game

I met my one-and-only true love when I was 16 years old.  Except for a few minor hiccups, we had a fairy-tale romance and got married 9 years later.  So you could basically say that when it comes to dating, I am…socially inexperienced and inept. I’ve found that now that I am a parent, making … Continue reading