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The Culture of Crying Children

Some days Lia cries when I take her to school. She had no tears the first three days, when I dropped her at her classroom and she stayed all morning by herself. But for whatever reason, she didn’t want to go on the fourth day. She kicked when I tried to dress her. She refused […]

Xiao Peng You

At last! Lia finally went to school today, after the delays with the medical checks and the holidays. She was so raring to go that she ate her whole breakfast without a peep, pulled on the tights and jacket that she usually loathes, and set off eagerly with her mom. We should send her to […]

Kid Garden

Longtan Park, Beijing I think we may have found a school for Lia to attend while we’re here. It’s not the one I first saw when I checked out the apartment–that one wanted six-months’ tuition up front (25,000 yuan or about $4000 CAD) even though she’d only be there for two months. I gather there […]


“I want to go home to Can-dada!” I’ve gone through a range of responses since I first heard this demand from Lia. My first reaction was denial. She’s just jetlagged/bored/disoriented. She tantrums at home too, she’s just found a different excuse. Second reaction was guilt. Crap, I’m a selfish parent who’s torn her kid away […]

Kick-Ass Chinese Massage = Awesome Birthday

We have about ten zillion things to blog about, but I’m going to describe my Chinese body massage for you because 1) it was all kinds of awesome and 2) if I don’t do it now I might forget. Shawn found the Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat for me. The massage was in a private room and […]