In 2020, my boys have probably clocked more time in front of the screen than they have accumulated in the previous decade. Part of me wants to berate myself for letting it get out of hand. You know, for being a bad mom, because I’ve used the time to do other things that were much more easily accomplished without “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, where’s the…?” or … Continue reading Screen Time in COVID Days
When you are physically or emotionally not at your best, there is often this exhaustion that permeates through your foggy brain and slow body. Maybe even a stress that vibrates through your spine down to your feet. It saps the energy from your mind and body in a way that makes every single thing on your to do list a monumental ginormous project that seems … Continue reading Life Decluttered
I would like to flip the Do More with Less mentality to more a Reflect and Rest approach, which ironically allows us to do more with less in the longer run. Today, A2 and I had a wonderful conversation when he asked me about the “use it or lose it” phrase, which he found to be very confusing. I explained that when someone was in … Continue reading Doing “More with Less” Does Not Work!
Being at home with the husband and kids 24/7 for months on end means that other than quality family time together, everyone also needed quality alone space… Initially, the boys were set up side by side in their shared room, hubby was in his den, and I was downstairs in the open concept kitchen/living/dining/entertainment room. I would go to the master bedroom when I needed … Continue reading Presto Chango! From Diaper Changing Table to Standing Work Desk!
For anyone dealing with any sort of mental health challenge (any health challenge really) ((or just feel like there is too much to do in a day)), we struggle with what some may describe as procrastination or laziness. For example, over the years, I had slid into a habit of reading the news, work email, and/or social media on my phone while trying to get … Continue reading Starting My Day with Making the Bed
Watch Jonathan’s TEDx talk, enjoy the Su Family photo album. and listen to our interview below. When you visit their robust website, you can tell that they are living their lives THEIR way, not necessarily way they were brought up by their parents to. But they have been able to balance the best of the East and West to parent their three amazing children. Authentic (and … Continue reading PODCAST: “Perfect Chinese Son” to “Backpacking Bum”
This has got to be the year of John Krasinski. He is Jack Ryan, he sold his very successful Some Good News that he started during COVID, he received well-deserved accolades for his directing in A Quiet Place and a second one is coming out… Go to his IMD or Wikipedia to see his long list of accomplishments. He’s not just a good actor, a … Continue reading Channeling John Krasinski
Visit the Untigering website, preview a chapter of her new book, and listen to our interview below. As a Chinese-American and daughter of a pastor, Iris Chen played by the rules and succeeded, but felt that those (impressive) achievements didn’t quite have meaning in her life. She is now on a journey of Untigering which she defines as Gentle Parenting and Unschooling. Always thoughtful and … Continue reading PODCAST: Untigering!
An old Chinese saying (江山易改本性難移) reminds us that it is very difficult to our nature, that is it easier to change the mountains and the rivers. It is a very pessimistic view of human nature, isn’t it? It seems to be telling us not to bother with personal development and growth. That we are who we are and we will do what we do. On … Continue reading It is Easier to Change the Mountains and the Rivers than to Change the Nature of Who We Are
The other day I saw a meme on Facebook: “Our job as parents is not to train children to act like adults. Our job is to be better adults.” Something about having (or even being around) children forces us to look at ourselves more closely and critically. Children are at once 1) mirrors, reflecting us back to us, 2) sponges, soaking up and learning everything, … Continue reading A Parent’s Job is to Be a Better Adult!