Book review: Anne Frank–the Diary of a Young Girl

On the many ways in which I felt connected to AnneIf there’s ever a book that is more depressing and yet lively, filled with the fluidity of human emotion, it would be The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I first read this book many, many years ago in high school—when you’re learning… Continue reading Book review: Anne Frank–the Diary of a Young Girl

Book Review: Us by David Nicholls

If I had a list called “Books I Didn’t Think Were Good but Is Actually Really Good,” the book Us by David Nicholls would top the list (along with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Crazy Rich Asians). It’s the kind of story that I would write if I were to write a book (although… Continue reading Book Review: Us by David Nicholls

The mystery of the boomerang generation, to me anyway

I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty typical kid. As a little girl, I didn’t like wearing dresses, but I liked playing with dolls – I even made clothes for them – as well as hopscotch, jump rope, marble games, and an imaginary game called “House” with the neighborhood boys. (You can guess how… Continue reading The mystery of the boomerang generation, to me anyway

Raising kind kids, one step at a time

I’m not usually the superstitious type. Sure, I believe in the Chinese zodiac and its predictions on personality, relationships and success in life, but things like phases of the moon or Friday the 13th or 666 being unlucky numbers are simply beyond me. But somehow, for the past few weeks, I’ve stumbled on several articles… Continue reading Raising kind kids, one step at a time

Screen time, breaks, and everything in between

Hey! I'm poking my head in here to say that I'm still around. Its been a little quiet here in the past few weeks because...well, I kind of needed to be after talking about death.  Such a deep subject that I had no experience in talking to children about but personal experience with--well, that requires… Continue reading Screen time, breaks, and everything in between

How to talk to your child about death

I may be making a big assumption here, but I would say that most people’s first memory involves something pleasant—being held by someone who loves them, riding a fun ride at an amusement park, meeting a new sibling, getting a puppy, receiving toys for Christmas, riding a bike, etc. My first memory involves nothing of… Continue reading How to talk to your child about death

What works for one might not work for another

Lately, I've decided on one thing--that there is too much literature on how to be a parent. You'd think that with the age group most primed to be having kids right now (millennials) are having less kids and having them later in life that there would be less articles, blog posts and books on parenting,… Continue reading What works for one might not work for another

How to teach your kids about money

I stumbled upon some rather interesting content today on the web about the intersection between money and children. For example, this article on Inc.com says that parents are not discussing a crucial topic with their kids--student loans and credit card debt, based on "research" done by an online lender called SoFi, which was really just… Continue reading How to teach your kids about money

Why can’t boys wear dresses?

The other night, as I was tucking her in bed (our usual night time ritual), I had a conversation with my daughter. Somehow, we got on the subject of clothes. "I love wearing dresses," she said proudly. Full disclosure--Lily is very girly. She adores dresses the same way that I adored wearing shorts when I was… Continue reading Why can’t boys wear dresses?

Who says fairies can’t be boys?

This is not the first and certainly not the last conversation I've had with my six-year-old about gender. And for what it's worth, I can't remember exactly everything that was said between us, so this is my rough translation of the conversation. Yesterday, while in the car, Lily said to me, "I love the Fairy books."… Continue reading Who says fairies can’t be boys?