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. As someone born and raised in India, educated in India… Read More Book Review – Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age
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 easily. I lose my patience quicker than you can say… Read More My 2-year-old asked me to “Calm down”
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 fun?” “Yay!!”he said excitedly. “You know, Mommy bought you that… Read More Rationalizing the SAHM Role
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 that blends in with everyday folks, just going about his… Read More My Husband works the Second Shift
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 in the lives of their children and nowhere is this… Read More Concerted Cultivation: What Middle-Class Parents do for their Kids
(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 Emirates.com, the system is equipped to process your visa should… Read More Transatlantic travel with a baby
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 could really happen any day and in fact think that… Read More Waiting for baby