Sep 7, 2015  •  In Baby, Motherhood, Parenting, Personal, Relationships

Baby Fever

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I’d had a bit of baby fever lately. Say what? Me? The girl who hates the baby years and never looks back on her children’s infancies with nostalgia? What happened? Well, for one, my friends and relatives keep having ridiculously cute babies and I […]

Jun 1, 2015  •  In Claire, Parenting, Personal

Claire’s First Boyfriend

Last week, Claire asked me for some plain white paper. “I want to make a drawing for my friend,” she told me. I happily obliged, and didn’t think much of it until she finished her work of art. “Umma, can you help me spell Kyle?” Okaaay. What was going on here? I helped her spell, […]

May 12, 2015  •  In Aerin, Motherhood, Parenting, Personal

My 3.5 Year Old Still Isn’t Potty-Trained

I know that she’s ready, both mentally and physically. She meets all the requirements for potty-training, and more. But at 3 years and 6 months old, my Aerin is still in diapers. It is not for lack of trying. Books and videos. Pretty underwear she chose herself. Setting schedules. Going without diapers or underwear. Going full-on […]

Oct 17, 2014  •  In Asian, Claire, Parenting

Racial Affinity in Young Children

A few weeks into pre-k, Claire began to tell me about a new friend. “Umma, JJ and I played hide-and-go-seek today!” “Umma, JJ is so silly and funny.” “Look, umma! JJ made me this drawing!” I soon discovered that JJ was a kindergartener (so about a year older than Claire) whose Korean name initials are JJ. Whenever […]