Hezbollah, the Cumin-timer, and the Box

At the Singapore airport last Sunday. We had South-Indian food for lunch, and North-Indian for dinner. I also got four Rasgulla, a Bengali paneer (home-made cottage cheese) based dessert. Me: Do you want to try this Leila? It's called Rasgulla. I used to eat a lot of this when I was little. Really yummy. Leila: … Continue reading Hezbollah, the Cumin-timer, and the Box

Frenglish

"We speak Frenglish," Rahul and Leila say as they squeal with laughter at the discovery of this new "word". They often use both French and English words in their sentences. Although we are a OPOL (One Person One Language) family, and are pretty consistent with it, the kids are now mixing up both French and … Continue reading Frenglish

Lei La the Lao Wai

This evening my children and I spent a couple of hours running and playing at a neighbouring housing complex. A friend joined us. While the children were playing on the slides and mini monkey bars my friend stayed close to them, allowing me to respond to a text message on my phone. A little girl … Continue reading Lei La the Lao Wai

On “The Art of Choosing”: A Talk by Sheena Iyengar

Also posted at Multicultural Mothering here. ------------------ Sheena Iyengar, a professor of business in the Management Division at Columbia Business School, has studied choice for the last 2 decades. She is of bicultural background- her parents Sikhs from Delhi, her education American – both with very different views on individual choice. In her TEDtalk on … Continue reading On “The Art of Choosing”: A Talk by Sheena Iyengar

Winter Wonderland with a bit of Salsa : A Guest Post by Paty Melendez

(As part of the series: A Monday Morning Guest Post in Multicultural Mothering) Patricia: I was born in the Dominican Republic to a Dominican mom and Peruvian dad. I left DR when I was six years old and grew up in many countries around the world, mainly in Latin America but also in Africa and … Continue reading Winter Wonderland with a bit of Salsa : A Guest Post by Paty Melendez

Three Cheers for Family: A Guest Post by Maro Adjemian

As part of the series : A Monday Morning Guest Post in Multicultural Mothering Maro: I speak English, French, Spanish (although it's getting rusty), and not as much Italian as I should. I grew up in small towns not far from Ottawa, first on the Quebec side and then on the Ontario side, but my … Continue reading Three Cheers for Family: A Guest Post by Maro Adjemian

Canadian: A Guest Post by Bea of The Little Grovers

When Natasha asked me to guest post, I was faced with severe writer's block and have been putting it off. I am so impressed with how the previous guest writers are teaching their children multiple languages and feel a little intimidated. I discussed the subject of raising children in a multicultural family with my husband … Continue reading Canadian: A Guest Post by Bea of The Little Grovers

Between Worlds: A Guest Post by Heidi Nevin

(As part of the series: A Monday Morning Guest Post in Multicultural Mothering) First, thank you, beautiful Natasha, for creating this forum and inviting us to share our perspectives. I was born in Crete, Greece and raised in Maryland, USA, on a beautiful, 86-acre, off-the-grid homestead. My parents, products of the hippie era, were inspired … Continue reading Between Worlds: A Guest Post by Heidi Nevin

Oh Boy!

“Rahul is a sweetheart! He let Leila have the train,” I declare proudly as he hands back her toy upon request. “Thanks Rahul.” I continue. “Afu BOY,” he quickly corrects me, worried. (He calls himself Afu; the Sichuanese version of his Chinese name.) “Yes. Afu boy.” I confirm, without going into how he can also … Continue reading Oh Boy!

Competitive Advantage: A Guest Post by Desi of Valentine 4

As Part of the series: A Monday Morning Guest Post in Multicultural Mothering. Desi posted this on her blog yesterday; it's the second time she has written about the controversial book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", by Amy Chua, a book I have heard a lot about and . Check out her post for … Continue reading Competitive Advantage: A Guest Post by Desi of Valentine 4