In the World, Not of the World

Teaching My Asian Daughters to be Strong and Confident

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang A few years ago, I took a seminar called, "Raising Strong and Confident Daughters." My husband laughed at me. "Could our daughters be any stronger or more confident?" ...more
Awesome post!  Thank you--another addendum I add to story time, if it happens to be of the ...more

Learn As You Go

Welcome to my Momster Diaries Blog. I started this as a result of an assignment in my MSU New Media Class. As I was reading how to get started and being advised to write about a subject I was passionate about; something that would make me marvel at my own brilliance, I’ll admit not a lot of things were coming to mind that weren’t immediately crossed off the list. There were content limitations, subjects that felt more like work, and costs limitations....more

My Pool Rules

Growing up we had a pool. It was fun. Summers were a blast. My house was inviting and my friends would hang out and spend all day with us. I never gave much thought about how being a pool owner would be as an adult. It’s not the same....more

Bad Behavior Justified By Gender?

I have a bone to pick with parents of boys who make poor excuses for their son’s bad behavior. I think it’s a cop-out and that’s pathetic. I can’t tell you how often I encounter parents who seem to justify their child’s poor behavior merely due to the fact that their child is a boy. What kind of lame excuse is that?...more

Target Moms

I was out with a few friends yesterday discussing how we think our husbands see us as stay-at-home moms. My one friend said her husband is convinced she lounges around, enjoying a leisurely day then ends up at Target where upon entering  – you know you’re going to spend something. My other friend agreed that her husband too thinks she lounges and watches TV until her kids come home. I know my husband’s convinced that I do little to contribute to household things and instead occupy my free time with RBW....more

Travel with Boys

Traveling with your children is all about planning, patience and organization. With energetic boys, your work is cut out for you, so this article can help you along the way. If you implement a few key strategies, you’ll agree that travel isn’t as stressful as you might have thought, regardless of your child’s age. Since many young boys have ants in their pants, especially when they’re excited, you will need to plan well in advanced so you’re prepared....more

Smuggler's Notch, Vermont: Winter Family Fun

Living where the winters are long and cold, one is wise to enjoy outdoor winter sports as getting outside, enjoying the sun and doing some exercise is not only fun, but it makes the life more manageable when the temperatures drop. While I’ve enjoyed skiing nearly all of my life, I guess when I think of vacation, I think of getting away from the snow - not jumping in. Last month, we were invited to Smuggler’s Notch for a vacation with all 4 boys, hubby and my mom. It was a long journey to get there, but what a pleasant surprise when we arrived....more