Tagged: happiness

Chinese Kindergarten Students in Uniform

Choosing the right school

Choosing the right school is a daunting process. All parents are in search of the best place for their children. This is evident in the number of parents who attend the annual Beijing Kids School Fair each Spring or any other fair around the World for that matter. I remember moving to a...

NYT- sad, angry

Social Emotional Literacy

All feelings are ok – how we interpret and deal with them may not always be. Research has shown that emotions can either enhance or hinder our ability to work and learn. They affect our attention and our memory. If we are very anxious about something, or agitated, we can’t...

Girl w camera at Art exhibit

This Camera is better than an iPhone.

Have you noticed how more and more we live our life through a lens? I am certainly guilty of it myself. I need to be able to remember the special moments in my life, the smiles, the faces, the colours, the happy times. I need to capture them on camera...

3 babies in hutong

What I love about Beijing

        I went for a walk in my neighborhood on a mid Summer evening and here is a vignette of what I saw:   The family giving their 4 guinea pigs a taste of fresh grass, each on a bright red leash. The group of Grannies chatting...

Baby shoes - Chloë Stewart

Hug Them While You Can

Raising a child is the most difficult task in the World.  It may be really challenging at times, but it goes by quickly and when the children are grown up there is no going back. It is therefore important to do the best we can at all times, so that...

Grannies dancing in the park in Winter

Grannies Dancing in Beijing Parks

Four degrees below zero (-4C) on a wintery Sunday afternoon… Who would have thought it was suitable for a dance in the park?  Elderly Chinese people have a wonderful tradition to meet up and exercise together outdoors in the city parks. Following a teacher, they dance elegantly, some times in...