Supporting Grit Development

In an earlier post, we looked at the activities that help to build grit. In this post, we’re going to explore ways for supporting grit development and gritty behaviours. Just like a personal trainer who helps us work towards our health and fitness goals, we are going to learn how to function like grit trainersContinue reading “Supporting Grit Development”

DIY Video Project: The Story of the Hokkien New Year

For Chinese New Year this year, I wanted the kids to learn more about their Hokkien heritage. One of the stories I shared with them was about the Hokkien New Year.¬†Unlike the Story of the Chinese Zodiac and the Legend of Nian, there aren’t any youtube videos about why the Hokkiens celebrate Bai Ti KongContinue reading “DIY Video Project: The Story of the Hokkien New Year”

Cross-cultural Parenting – Now There’s a Thought…

Those of you who read this blog know my feelings about corporal punishment. After reading enough of the evidence against it, especially its ineffectiveness, I must confess I was very surprised to read in Nurture Shock that corporal punishment was actually an effective disciplinary method among African-Americans. The reason for this was because: In theContinue reading “Cross-cultural Parenting – Now There’s a Thought…”

Celebrations: Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival 2012

It’s Mid-Autumn again on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. I’m not really a traditionalist with following customs but I do believe in the preservation of culture and what better way to do that than to teach it to our children in our own homes? For that reason, I encourage the boys to participate in all theContinue reading “Celebrations: Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival 2012”

Surprising Discovery on Teaching Chinese Culture and Language

Hubby and I recently started watching a Chinese series called “Journey to the West“. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this series depicts the Chinese legend of the Monkey God. Here’s a short excerpt of what it’s about: “Journey to the West is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. ItContinue reading “Surprising Discovery on Teaching Chinese Culture and Language”