March 28, 2007



March 27th, 2007, Emma had her first ever public performance and I was her reluctant dancing partner.

All went well and fun. By MB and Leo's account, also by the video, Emma did a superior job. I did not screw up her recital either.

It is hard to tell what Emma thinks of the recital herself. But she was hyper-hyper the whole night after her performance.

Dance Recital

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March 27th, 2007, Emma had her first ever public performance and I was her reluctant dancing partner.

All went well and fun. By MB and Leo's account, also by the video, Emma did a superior job. I did not screw up her recital either.

It is hard to tell what Emma thinks of the recital herself. But she was hyper-hyper the whole night after her performance.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
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March 27, 2007

In America, (probably worldwide where it is not plagued by famine or warfare), in parenting arena, there is a big chaos of contradicting opinions, voiced in TV, radios, newspapers, and thousands of parenting blogs springing up every day.

The hot-button issues are: breastfeeding vs. formulas, breastfeeding in public vs. in private, co-sleeping vs. sleeping alone, working mom vs. staying-at-home mom, slacker mom vs. smart-pants-mom, parents vs. pal ... The list could go on and on.

Ask my opinion? I am for breastfeeding and breastfeeding in private. Sure I would never sit in a beach breast-feeding my baby where millions of people are around.

I think it is good to let baby sleep alone for practical reasons, my bed is simply too small; however, also for practical reasons, she will probably end up in my bed, because it is easier for me to breastfeed her while still being able to sleep.

I am a working mom, 100% percent, simply because that is the only option. I need to work to feed my family. I need to keep my job. But if I had choice I would still choose to become a working mom, maybe on a less tight schedule. It is just too much for me staying home day in and day out without a break, without a change for something else.

Slacker mom or smarty-pants-mom? I once took a online self-test and was awarded the honor of being a smarty-pants-mom. But I am not so sure. I read books with Emma, take her to libraries, allow Emma no TV time (though she gets to watch DVDs once a week) ... but I am quict relaxed about her lifestyles (since myself is quite terrible in this regard), for example, table manners, keeping her shirts stain-free, training her to be organized (no, no, I am never organized myself) ...

Parent or pal? To me, this is an non-issue. I can be both. If there is a need for discipline, I am the parent to set the discipline and limit. I would not hesitate to say "No" even if she cries and protests. However, most of the time, we are friends, we play and talk to each other as friends.

These are my simple opinions about some of the parenting issues. Of course, in my three-year parenting practice, I already broke a big taboo: I sent Emma away for 8 months to China. Judged by this alone, I am a horrible/selfish parent.

And then yesterday another quite unexpected and shocking news came up: based on Australian research, day cares brings forth some behavioral problems for children, even high quality day care centers. The research reports that the problem is very mild though.

I do not believe that.

Well, come back tomorrow to talk/think about this.

Some parenting issues

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In America, (probably worldwide where it is not plagued by famine or warfare), in parenting arena, there is a big chaos of contradicting opinions, voiced in TV, radios, newspapers, and thousands of parenting blogs springing up every day.

The hot-button issues are: breastfeeding vs. formulas, breastfeeding in public vs. in private, co-sleeping vs. sleeping alone, working mom vs. staying-at-home mom, slacker mom vs. smart-pants-mom, parents vs. pal ... The list could go on and on.

Ask my opinion? I am for breastfeeding and breastfeeding in private. Sure I would never sit in a beach breast-feeding my baby where millions of people are around.

I think it is good to let baby sleep alone for practical reasons, my bed is simply too small; however, also for practical reasons, she will probably end up in my bed, because it is easier for me to breastfeed her while still being able to sleep.

I am a working mom, 100% percent, simply because that is the only option. I need to work to feed my family. I need to keep my job. But if I had choice I would still choose to become a working mom, maybe on a less tight schedule. It is just too much for me staying home day in and day out without a break, without a change for something else.

Slacker mom or smarty-pants-mom? I once took a online self-test and was awarded the honor of being a smarty-pants-mom. But I am not so sure. I read books with Emma, take her to libraries, allow Emma no TV time (though she gets to watch DVDs once a week) ... but I am quict relaxed about her lifestyles (since myself is quite terrible in this regard), for example, table manners, keeping her shirts stain-free, training her to be organized (no, no, I am never organized myself) ...

Parent or pal? To me, this is an non-issue. I can be both. If there is a need for discipline, I am the parent to set the discipline and limit. I would not hesitate to say "No" even if she cries and protests. However, most of the time, we are friends, we play and talk to each other as friends.

These are my simple opinions about some of the parenting issues. Of course, in my three-year parenting practice, I already broke a big taboo: I sent Emma away for 8 months to China. Judged by this alone, I am a horrible/selfish parent.

And then yesterday another quite unexpected and shocking news came up: based on Australian research, day cares brings forth some behavioral problems for children, even high quality day care centers. The research reports that the problem is very mild though.

I do not believe that.

Well, come back tomorrow to talk/think about this.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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March 26, 2007

Recently Emma has developed an interest drawing babies. Sometimes, she also writes caption for her pictures.

Emma's Sketches

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Recently Emma has developed an interest drawing babies. Sometimes, she also writes caption for her pictures.

Monday, March 26, 2007
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March 23, 2007

Spring officially arrives on March 21st. However, it is hard to talk about spring. It rains one day, shines one day, snows one day. I cannot even tell Emma what to wear. A heavy coat? A light one? Or just a single jacket?

The funny thing though is that, children, little children are perfectly oblivious of the change of seasons or weather. To them, routines are so entrenched that they simply stubbornly stick to them, no matter what. This is what I learned from Emma.

No, no, no, I do not want to take my coat off.
Emma, it is hot today.
No, no, no, I want to wear my coat.

Turned out all children are the same. The preschool's director Bev said that when going out, all of the little ones insisted wearing big coat, even gloves. Ha, unshakable routines.

I think my little cousin in China has the same problem, however, his unreasonable dress code has a lot to do with the law of attractions between adolescent males and females. The psychology of looking good and cool. I remembered that when I was in high school, my mother had to bribe to wear snow pants in winter.

...

Turned out that Emma is (they are) right though. The only day I managed to persuade her to take her coat her, the weather suddenly turned so cold, she got a cold.

Talking about dressing code, can anyone tell what is going through in little children's head? For Emma, she singlemindedly rejects some shirts and some pants (some of them I think very cute), and overly favor some other shirts and pants, like her jeans, a pair of crappy green pants with buttons.

And she has to have long long hair. One day I talked with her about cutting her hair short, that night she was crying in her dream: "No, no, I want my hair long. I do not want to cut it."

Sure she gets her way.

Spring?

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Spring officially arrives on March 21st. However, it is hard to talk about spring. It rains one day, shines one day, snows one day. I cannot even tell Emma what to wear. A heavy coat? A light one? Or just a single jacket?

The funny thing though is that, children, little children are perfectly oblivious of the change of seasons or weather. To them, routines are so entrenched that they simply stubbornly stick to them, no matter what. This is what I learned from Emma.

No, no, no, I do not want to take my coat off.
Emma, it is hot today.
No, no, no, I want to wear my coat.

Turned out all children are the same. The preschool's director Bev said that when going out, all of the little ones insisted wearing big coat, even gloves. Ha, unshakable routines.

I think my little cousin in China has the same problem, however, his unreasonable dress code has a lot to do with the law of attractions between adolescent males and females. The psychology of looking good and cool. I remembered that when I was in high school, my mother had to bribe to wear snow pants in winter.

...

Turned out that Emma is (they are) right though. The only day I managed to persuade her to take her coat her, the weather suddenly turned so cold, she got a cold.

Talking about dressing code, can anyone tell what is going through in little children's head? For Emma, she singlemindedly rejects some shirts and some pants (some of them I think very cute), and overly favor some other shirts and pants, like her jeans, a pair of crappy green pants with buttons.

And she has to have long long hair. One day I talked with her about cutting her hair short, that night she was crying in her dream: "No, no, I want my hair long. I do not want to cut it."

Sure she gets her way.

Friday, March 23, 2007
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March 19, 2007

The Dora alphabet mat that Emma traced, letter by letter. She is getting very good indeed.


Emma has been kind of obscessed with tracing her little hand and made a hand turkey for a while. Like this one.


Actually I would most love to show is the baby pictures she draws over and over. She draws mom, dad, her baby sister and herself, and she adds captions overhead to indicate who is who.

Sample Works

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The Dora alphabet mat that Emma traced, letter by letter. She is getting very good indeed.


Emma has been kind of obscessed with tracing her little hand and made a hand turkey for a while. Like this one.


Actually I would most love to show is the baby pictures she draws over and over. She draws mom, dad, her baby sister and herself, and she adds captions overhead to indicate who is who.

Monday, March 19, 2007
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Another iron proof that Emma loves to read. Her kitty too.

Doesn't she love to read?

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Another iron proof that Emma loves to read. Her kitty too.

Monday, March 19, 2007
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March 13, 2007

Finally, finally, the Spring seems to have arrived. No, no grass turns green yet, no trees have had any tiny yellowish buds. Still the weather is just unbelivably warm. From winter coat to just a single jacket, it feels like a crime not going out to enjoy. At least if you have a little 3 year old.

So bye-bye indoors. So out and play.

Emma has a few gears, a tricycle, a scooter and a pair of skates MB bought for her. Last year, she could bearly handle the tricycle, most of time, we had to use a ridiculous ugly-looking cord (made out of a bathrobe belt, thanks to my dad) to drag her. Not this year. She is an tricycle expert now. Freely ride anywhere, everywhere, fast and smooth.

She is still very clumsy with her scooter. And her skills with the skates are none.

There are a lot of new physical activities for her to learn, basketball, swimming ...

Spring fun

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Finally, finally, the Spring seems to have arrived. No, no grass turns green yet, no trees have had any tiny yellowish buds. Still the weather is just unbelivably warm. From winter coat to just a single jacket, it feels like a crime not going out to enjoy. At least if you have a little 3 year old.

So bye-bye indoors. So out and play.

Emma has a few gears, a tricycle, a scooter and a pair of skates MB bought for her. Last year, she could bearly handle the tricycle, most of time, we had to use a ridiculous ugly-looking cord (made out of a bathrobe belt, thanks to my dad) to drag her. Not this year. She is an tricycle expert now. Freely ride anywhere, everywhere, fast and smooth.

She is still very clumsy with her scooter. And her skills with the skates are none.

There are a lot of new physical activities for her to learn, basketball, swimming ...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007
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March 07, 2007

It's been two weeks since I last blogged. Only one reason, lazy. People like me always perfer sleep to work, prefer watching movies, reading gossips to active thinking. Though I always get disgusted after too much sleep or too much browsing boring news.

Anyway.

On Emma's front, there is something worth reporting though. She started to like writing!

Not yet a passion though (she likes to stuff her "art work" in envelops even more). But for the past two weeks, our little reading session after dinner has somehow changed into a writing session. She sometimes traces letters on a plastic mat I bought for her. A very good job, indeed. She would always finish all the upper and lower case letters at least once.

Or she sometimes just writes on her little white board. Her favorite word to write is M-O-M. Also like a left-handed person, she sometimes writes from right to left. Sometimes she puts O after the two Ms. The other words she likes to write are: E-m-m-a, s-a-l-l-y (her best friend), b-o-o-b-o-o (she does not quite know how to write b though). She used to refuse to write d-a-d, no matter how Leo coerced or begged. But yesterday, she wrote d-a-d. With the long arm of "d"
hanging right in the middle of the circle. Her d-a-d in writing looks more like a pair of funny glasses. But we were all happy.

The bad news is that she goes to bed even more late, because she has to read so many books before turning off the light, and after that, she has to be sung a song or two, then after that, she has to have me hold her hand for at least two minutes, then she lets me go and goes to sleep.

Last night, we did not finish all these rituals until 10:20. She is the only baby who stays up this late.
write

Emma learns to write

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It's been two weeks since I last blogged. Only one reason, lazy. People like me always perfer sleep to work, prefer watching movies, reading gossips to active thinking. Though I always get disgusted after too much sleep or too much browsing boring news.

Anyway.

On Emma's front, there is something worth reporting though. She started to like writing!

Not yet a passion though (she likes to stuff her "art work" in envelops even more). But for the past two weeks, our little reading session after dinner has somehow changed into a writing session. She sometimes traces letters on a plastic mat I bought for her. A very good job, indeed. She would always finish all the upper and lower case letters at least once.

Or she sometimes just writes on her little white board. Her favorite word to write is M-O-M. Also like a left-handed person, she sometimes writes from right to left. Sometimes she puts O after the two Ms. The other words she likes to write are: E-m-m-a, s-a-l-l-y (her best friend), b-o-o-b-o-o (she does not quite know how to write b though). She used to refuse to write d-a-d, no matter how Leo coerced or begged. But yesterday, she wrote d-a-d. With the long arm of "d"
hanging right in the middle of the circle. Her d-a-d in writing looks more like a pair of funny glasses. But we were all happy.

The bad news is that she goes to bed even more late, because she has to read so many books before turning off the light, and after that, she has to be sung a song or two, then after that, she has to have me hold her hand for at least two minutes, then she lets me go and goes to sleep.

Last night, we did not finish all these rituals until 10:20. She is the only baby who stays up this late.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007
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