Mark in Junior and Senior Kindergarten, 2016-2018.
On a quiet Sunday last fall, my in-laws decided that Feng and I had failed at parenting again. The situation was serious—at the ripe old age of 5, Mark couldn’t swim.
Western parents rely on science- and psychology-based books. Chinese parents occasionally glance at the memo stuck on the rice cooker—“whatever your child does, just state it’s not good enough.”
This first school year left me feeling somewhat frustrated. Back in September, I had many questions, practical and cultural, and I never got answers.
As the official head of the parental communication team, I was fully prepared to help Mark read the fine print of life in society.