In Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age, author Maya Thiagarajan examines not only the whys but also the hows that lead to the creation of academically-intense cultures. She provides a unique first person account of living and experiencing education in three cultures. […]
The same energy that works for me professionally, does not quite do it for me, personally. I am not much of a laid back person. I’d like to think I am but I am really not. I just don’t work that way. I get annoyed […]
He was having so much fun in the little kiddie pool that I found at my local Goodwill (thrift store and in a brand new packaged condition no less!) that I desperately wanted the recognition and a “Hooray Mommy” moment. I asked, “J..are you having […]
I write this with a little bit of embarrassment, a little bit of guilt, and a whole lot of pride in having married so well! My husband is a saint. No, really, he is. Not the card or cape carrying kind but the kind […]
A short time ago, in recent history, I was one of those moms who was quietly judging other moms/caregivers sitting by the sidelines, almost literally, of the park on 15th and Wabash in downtown Chicago.
Note: Using ‘middle-class’ is not my choice of word here. I use it as conceptualized by Annette Lareau in her explanation of the term, ‘Concerted Cultivation’. If popular media, public commentary, and recent articles on parenting are to be believed, middle-class parents are actively engaged […]
(First draft written in December 2014) Baby J and I returned from our first transatlantic journey together. On our way to India, Aaron, J and I flew Emirates and did a three nights layover in Dubai. Talking of which, if you book your ticket on […]
I am 36 weeks and 1 day pregnant. Our baby is expected toward the end of February so as you can imagine, we are in full preparation mode these days. Although it doesn’t seem as overwhelming as it perhaps should it, we feel like it […]