How to Make Real Baby Food – Korean Radish Soup (Moo Guk) with Beef Broth

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My Vow To Not Parent Like My Asian Parents

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1991 As a child, I was extremely academic. Good grades in school was part of my identity. Every year I was a straight A student and I had plenty of scholar awards to show for it. Why wouldn’t I be academic? I’m an Asian-American after all. It’s ingrained in me. Being academic is so deeply rooted […]

How to Make Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings (Pan Fried and Boiled)

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The New Year is the perfect time to enjoy Chinese dumplings. Traditionally from northern China, these crescent-shaped foods symbolize wealth and good fortune in Chinese culture because they resemble ancient Chinese money. These dumplings are typically pan-friend (kuo tieh) or boiled (jiaozi) – and either way they are absolutely delicious. I have fond memories making […]

Chinese New Year 2013: Year of the Snake Activities and Crafts

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Chinese New Year is just two weeks away on Feb. 4, 2013 with the Year of the Snake. I admit I’m a little sad the current year is coming to an end – it was Year of the Dragon, MY year. As a child, my mother always told me I’d have special luck during my […]

Am I “Asian Mom” Enough? and My HuffPost Live Segment

I was a panelist on HuffPost Live for a segment called Don’t Judge Moms with Erin Cox of One Hot Mama, Farah Miller of HuffPost Parents, Diane Kline of QuirkOut and Rhiana Maidenberg of Married with Toddlers. I was honored to be featured with this talented group of moms. We talked about our experiences with mommy guilt. […]

Food Allergy Testing for Kids

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Some of you already know that a couple of months ago my husband was diagnosed with food allergies to soy, eggs and gluten. He has a candida (yeast) overgrowth that’s causing his rheumatoid arthritis to flare up to the point where he has chronic back pain and fatigue. His rheumatologist suggested a candida-free diet, which […]

Raising Children to Be Adults

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I’ll be the first to admit, I struggle a lot with my kids. I recently read an article about why American children are so spoiled and it really got me thinking… I was raised in a Filipino household and was expected to get good grades, excel in my extracurricular activities, do our chores and go […]

Parent Dilemma: Summer Off or Summer School for Kids?

I love the summer. It’s sunny. The ocean heats up. And we spend most of our days at the beach. I have the tans lines to prove it. My kids just love swimming and boogie boarding in the ocean. In the mornings, my older kids go to summer camp at their school for a few […]

4 Things I Learned from My Mom (But Won’t Admit It)

I've stepped on Legos so many times. Now I find myself repeating my mom's words, "Pick it up or I donate it to other kids."

As much as it would have pained me as a teenager to admit it, I’ve become more like my mother than I ever would have thought. I find myself saying things like “Ai-yah!,” which is like the Chinese equivalent of “Oh my gosh!” (or WTF when the kids are not around) when annoyed by something. […]

Learning to Love the Art of Crafting

These colored ice rocks were so easy to make - fill up a water balloon, add a few drops of food coloring and freeze.

Thank goodness for the Internet. Without it, I would have no idea how to help my kids set up leprechaun traps for St. Patrick’s Day or make bird feeders out of recycled plastic bottles for Earth Day. My kids absolutely LOVE doing arts and crafts for holidays—even Earth Day and President’s Day. I think they […]

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