Author: Mandarin Mama

No Sick Days for Mommy

It’s not that I used to LIKE being sick. But staying at home, sleeping in, reading, and watching copious amounts of TV weren’t exactly BAD, either. Now that I’m a parent, and a SAHM, at that, it’s the...

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My Children Are Not Me

Every now and then it hits me. My children are actual people. With their own thoughts and ideas and opinions and preferences. That are completely separate from me. Also, possibly, their thoughts might not be aligned with my...

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White Man’s Burden

You know what I’m sick of seeing on TV and in movies? Some white dude swooping in to protect and save either women, minorities, or people from a different culture from some thing – be it sexual slavery, rape,...

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My Irrational Fears

Last Sunday, all three kids and I got stuck in an elevator on the empty campus of our local community college. Even though we were stuck for at most a few minutes, I had to seriously refrain from freaking out in front of the...

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Here, Have Some Lists

I’ve been single-parenting it this week while Hapa Papa’s been in London on vacation for work and quite frankly, I’m pretty exhausted. Usually, my mom would come over and help but she’s in Taiwan until...

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My Genius Business Idea

You know what we need more of? Drive thrus. It doesn’t matter for what. We just need more of them. You would think that in my suburb of soccer moms and mini-vans, some clever shopping plaza owner would’ve built one...

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How I Survive Each Day as a SAHM

A lot of my working mommy friends often ask me how I manage to spend all day with my kids without going crazy. They say that weekends or vacations are hard and that my job at home is tougher than their job at work. While I...

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My Lazy Veggie Ways

I’m taking a break from the Money Series for the moment. Never fear (or my apologies) – it’ll come back later this month. I’m just feeling a little burnt out on writing about money matters (not to mention...

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Books I Will Force My Kids to Read

Yes, I know. Forcing my kids to read certain books is just guaranteeing they won’t like them. (This theory has not worked for snacks and desserts, however. They like their forced cakes and ice cream just fine.) However, I...

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All the snark

BTS and entertainment commentaries.

Tips for teaching your kids Chinese.

Raw and inappropriate stories.

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