Presto Chango! From Diaper Changing Table to Standing Work Desk!

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!

Starting My Day with Making the Bed

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

PODCAST: “Perfect Chinese Son” to “Backpacking Bum”

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”

PODCAST: Untigering!

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!

It is Easier to Change the Mountains and the Rivers than to Change the Nature of Who We Are

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

A Parent’s Job is to Be a Better Adult!

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!