Baby E, Motherhood, Reflections, Uncategorized

What Worried Me/ Worries Me About Raising a Daughter

I wished my daughter into being. I know this. I wanted a girl really, really badly to make my family complete. Not that having another boy would have made my family any less complete, but there is something about having a boy and a girl combo that makes the family dynamic just a little differently special… Read More What Worried Me/ Worries Me About Raising a Daughter

Growth & Development, J and E, Lists, Parenting, Second Child, Toddler Days, Uncategorized, Years are short

5 Challenges of being a Firstborn

Most people, myself included, will be forgiven for thinking that firstborns have all the advantages over their younger siblings. After all, they got their parents’ undivided attention for a while before the next one came along. They were fussed over, hovered over, and attended to perhaps far more than any of their siblings. Parents could… Read More 5 Challenges of being a Firstborn

Growth & Development, J and E, Motherhood lessons, Okay mom, Parenting, Parenting Stereotypes, San Jose, Things to do with kids, Uncategorized

Concerted Cultivation: What Middle-Class Parents do for their Kids

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