Browsing: Raising a Canadian-Chinese-French Kid

Mark, our Canadian-Chinese-French baby, was born in Ottawa on October 12, 2012. These are our adventures as parents-in-training.

Kindergarten
By 18
Wanted: An Education

I almost missed the French éducation nationale. Sure, like millions of students, I regularly protested various education reforms over the years, but at least the ministry’s communication efforts were consistent and on a national basis.

Preschool
By 17
Mark, Version 3.5

I’m sending a message of hope to other parents: if your kid is stuck in the baby or toddler phase, don’t worry, they actually do grow up… and become fascinating little human beings!

Preschool
By 11
Polite Fiction

With forced cheer and social gatherings, the entire month of December is a prime time of the year for the fine art of social niceties—“The turkey isn’t dry at all!”, “What a thoughtful gift!”, “I’m looking forward to seeing you at Christmas!” and “This reindeer sweater is very slimming!”.

Preschool
By 6
Santa Replied!

Mark got a reply from Santa, I just got the letter. So I’m taping a piece of chocolate to it because everybody knows that Santa delivers chocolate.

Preschool
By 28
The Letter

When I announced I was going to do the Santa letter with Mark, instead of praising my thoughtful mothering skills, Feng shrugged. “What does he understand about Christmas?”

Preschool
By 19
The Little Seed

By the look of deep annoyance on his face, I gather that if he had the vocabulary to tell me to go to hell, he would. But he settles for the usual “GO. AWAY.”

Preschool
By 19
Three

Mark is turning three. Please, don’t say “they grow up so fast.” Some days, they don’t grow up fast enough. Trust me.

Preschool
By 10
“Yes, Thank you”

Three words that are, in theory, easy to pronounce. English 101. But in real life, accepting help is a bit trickier. I know I’m not good at it. Surely, I can’t be the only one?

Preschool
By 17
Black Hole (A Wet One)

One minute, I’m saving the world, adding commas and hyphenating compound adjectives, and next thing you know, I’m trying to remember whether the daycare centre’s door opens after typing *1234 or *4321.

1 2 3 4 5 10