Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I finished reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild two weeks ago. It’s been a long, long time since I am so into a book. Lying on my bedside table is a tall stack of unfinishables, but within a month’s time, amidst the frantic busyness, I read page after page of Wild. The most incredible thing about reading…

Read: French Children Don’t Throw Food

I wrote about some of my personal reflections as I read Pamela Druckerman’s French Children Don’t Throw Food, here, here, and here. Overall, I enjoyed her observations on parenting the French way and found some of the information useful. As mentioned before, what I like most about this parenting book is that it is not…

Striking the Balance in Discipline

Unfortunately, there are endless scenarios, and no one rule about what to do in every case. … Sometimes you listen carefully to your kid. And sometimes you just put him on the scales. – French Children Don’t Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman I used feel like what Druckerman likened in her book to dancing salsa: when to…

Three Course Meals for My Babies?

In French Children Don’t Throw Food, Pamela Druckerman described the French way of parenting, and why it is so appealing. I wrote about the importance of quality time, when just being present is not enough in parenting while quoting the book. In this post, I am reflecting on the French way of feeding their children, as…

When Just Being Present Is Not Enough

“… the study found that what’s especially crucial is the mother’s ‘sensitivity’ – how attuned she is to her child’s experience of the world.” “Kids fared better with a caregiver who was sensitive, whether it was a nanny, a grandparent or a nursery worker.” The above quotes were taken from pages 140 and 141, respectively,…

Women Hold Up Half The Sky

I used to be a feminist when I was in high school, naively arguing with my classmates (especially egoistic males) about gender equality and insisting on doing most of the things without asking for the guys’ help. When I entered university, I observed that many of the females who were talking about equal opportunities for…