Junko Cheng

Hello!

(In case you're wondering, my name is pronounced June-co.)

I am a wife to David, mom to Josh and Meg, a musician, a songwriter, and author. We are Christ-followers navigating through life as a family, and I wanted to use this blog to share some of the lessons I've learned since becoming a mother.

I am Japanese-American and David is Chinese-American, both first generation in this country, which should already tell you that this is a perfect setup for Tiger Parenting. Oh sure, we both started out thinking we would get this parenting thing right, but soon our two babies humbled us big time and proved to us that we are not ultimately in control of their destiny. Who were we kidding? It wasn't long before this Tiger Mom began to more resemble a Panda Mom, and I'm here to chronicle this gradual metamorphosis.

I hope you can relate to some of my stories, and I invite you to comment and share some of your own stories here on this blog site.

 

My Daughter Doesn't Care to Go To College -- Is That Okay?

(photo by iStockphoto.com)"Mom, I don't really want to go to college," my 13-year old daughter mentioned casually over hamburgers one night....more

8 Reasons Parenting Teenagers Is Awesome

I don't know about you, but when our kids were little, we used to look ahead to the teenage years with much fear and trepidation. "They are so cute," strangers would compliment our toddlers. Inevitably, they would then add, "Just wait till they're teenagers." If that doesn't fill you with dread, I don't know what will. ...more
Lifetuneups Even with the eye rolling, teens are pretty awesome. -Momomore

Grace--the Best Gift I Gave and Received this Christmas

David and I attended an afternoon gathering at our church a few Sundays ago, a few weeks before Christmas....more

My Son Is A Big Fish In A Small Pond, And I Am Okay With That

I have been engrossed in a gem of a book entitled "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants" by Malcolm Gladwell.  One of the chapters I just read really made me think: would I rather that my child be a little fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond? My inner-tiger mom tends towards the big pond....more

What I Learned About Polyamory From a Perfect Stranger

Until last week, I had never heard of the term "polyamorous", let alone that such a relationship existed. That all changed when I met "Rachel" from Canada recently at a conference I attended in Los Angeles. This particular career enriching workshop drew people from all parts of the world, and my colleagues hailed from England, Australia, Uruguay, Japan, Canada, Philippines, and from all over the US....more
CameronSteele MoriMorrigan I don't have to deal with possession because I'm not a possessive ...more

Out of the Mouths of Babes -- How My 3-Year Old Spoke an Important Truth to Mommy

I was deep in thought one day when my kids were very young.  I think Josh was barely 3 and Meg was still a baby....more

Why the Challenges of Year-Round School Are Worth It for Our Family

Our kids' neighborhood K-8 public school happens to be on the year-round schedule, which means that though we only get five weeks off for summer break, we are treated with three-week breaks spaced evenly throughout the year in the fall, winter, and spring. Although the school year starts at the end of July (yes, that part is cruel), we finish with the other schools in our district the following June. We have absolutely loved the year-round schedule. ...more
@MMArtTechniques That's interesting.  I didn't know that.  I wonder if that is the only schedule ...more

Homemade Gyoza Dumplings

Saturdays were gyoza making days at my parents' take-out restaurant, Red Hill Japanese Deli in Tustin, California.  My dad worked the cash register up front, my mom ran the kitchen, and my two sisters and I were the sou chefs....more

Tips for Bringing a Friend on Family Vacation

We had heard about people bringing along their kids' friends on their family vacations, but I never thought we would actually be doing it ourselves one day....more