Tag: parenting

The Pursuit of Parenting

Recently, I suffered my children’s fierce complaints about having to go to Chinese school over the summer. All of their other friends had the time to themselves – they traveled and played and filled scrapbooks (or hard drives) with tokens…

The Art of the Chinese Compliment

I pulled a real Chinese parent move recently. My eldest’s piano teacher told me he was playing very well but instead of turning to my eldest and saying: “Hey! Did you hear that? That’s excellent! Good Job!” I said: “Hey!…

Little Dragon, Long Shadow

Robert and Phoebe, share quaint stories about their famous brother, Bruce. I’m a sucker for Bruce Lee documentaries. Not because I am a kung fu practitioner or even a big fan of his movies. It’s because he took on the…

In Praise of Appreciation

The key characteristic of appreciation education is its focus on a child’s strengths and fortes and building upon them, in a bid to awaken a child’s mentality that “I am a good child”. Conversely, a negative education would be one…