A Tiger Mom Fights Fat

Parenting books are all the rage these days, but they’ve taken a different turn ever since Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom, hit the shelves a year ago and struck a nerve.  These current books aren’t filled with parental angst about the fragile state of a child’s self-esteem or soft lines such as, “Honey, you’re perfect the way you are...”  Instead, the parenting is critical, harsh and results-oriented.In a recent article called “Weight Watchers” in April's Vogue magazine, Dara-L … [Read more...]

This Kindergartener Likes to Sin

I’ve found an terrific mom blogger named Glennon Melton -- she’s engaging, funny, soft-hearted, loves people, loves Jesus and she’s extremely compassionate.  Maybe most importantly, she has flaws and she's willing to honestly write about them with great spirit and humility.What does she do when her kindergarten daughter writes, “I like to sin” on her school assessment?  Here’s her funny story – hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  … [Read more...]

Beware the Cinnamon Challenge

Ever attempted a "food challenge"?  Are you amazed by those people who can down a hundred hot dogs?  I recall a group of my husband's friends who were to eat as many donuts as possible in 60 seconds and the top score was...2!  Apparently, not as easy as it looked.Presently,  there's a cinnamon eating challenge that's gone viral. People are attempting to swallow a teaspoon of cinnamon and many are recording their efforts on YouTube.  Why you ask?  Well, I suppose it's the challenge  - appare … [Read more...]

Jeremy Lin and His Unusual Tiger Mom

School, church and hours and hours of basketball?That's not the usual order of things in most Asian and Asian-American households, but Shirley Lin (mother of NBA rookie phenom Jeremy Lin) isn't a typical Tiger mother. She was even criticized by her peers for allowing her boys to spend so much time honing their skills on the court...but she knew they loved the game, so she loved it alongside them. Here's an interesting article from the New York Times about the parents of Jeremy Lin and the … [Read more...]

How I’m Like Whitney Houston

In Whitney Houston’s prime, her voice was angelic, strong, and almost otherworldly.  Her career began in the eighties with a fresh face and bright-eyes, coming from a modeling and gospel music background.  But after years in the industry and her rocky fifteen-year marriage to Bobby Brown, she became a different person.She gave an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2002, in which she was defensive and proud.  She made fun of people on crack, suggested she used more sophisticated drugs, and seemed … [Read more...]

Dirty Knees, Look at These

I was the only Chinese-American kid in my class in the suburbs.  Being the “only” made me love a good underdog story.  It's why I cheer for small pro basketball and football players, any team playing the Yankees, immigrants, struggling kids, single moms, orphans, people with cancer, widows, minorities....In school, other children occasionally did the slanted eyes chant - you know the one where you lift the corners of your eyes up and down and say, “Chinese, Japanese, Dirty Knees, Look at Thes … [Read more...]

The Mom I Wanted to Be

I haven’t cried hard in a while, but when I saw my eighteen year-old daughter wave a shy goodbye as she left my sight at the airport last night, I couldn’t stop.  After seven months of her being home for a “gap year” between high school and college, she was taking off for a two-month trip to Europe - a giant leap out of my protective arms and into adulthood.  I’d felt pangs of impending loss all week, but the tears flowed while standing there as she actually walked away from me.Had I done eno … [Read more...]

A Nagging Problem

Are you a nag?Women are known to “nag” more than men, probably because we’re more often in charge of the many details of home and family life.  But this article from the Wall Street Journal bluntly states, nagging can be as harmful as adultery to a marriage.  It’s a great reminder to take a deep breath and be fair to your spouse when you’re expressing your needs.  And, the tips at the end of the article are a helpful way to reset the vicious cycle of badgering and avoidance.I really hate … [Read more...]