I’m Japanese American. My husband is British from English and Welsh descent. We both grew up with distinct cultural identities and traditions. Being Fourth Generation American, I would say I had an American upbringing with a very strong Japanese influence. Even though we were so American in many ways, we were raised eating Japanese food, with Japanese philosophy and Japanese expectations (oh boy). And I am proud of my heritage, and want my children to appreciate their heritage as well. But my 16-month-old daughter is also half British, and her proper British father brings his cultural traditions to the table, as well. So we incorporate both of our cultures into our children’s lives, in whatever way we can, sometimes even weirdly melding the two. And we hope to raise these Japanese British American children with a sense of appreciation for their background and from where they came. Here are just some of the things we do.
Andrea Wada Davies
Andrea Wada Davies is a writer, actor, and comedian who grew up on a potato farm in Idaho where she and her Japanese-American family ate either potatoes or rice every day. She blogs for BabyZone, Mom.me, and her own blog, The Evolution of Annie. Andrea spent six years dating in L.A as a single mom to her son. Once she decided to settle down and get serious, she met her husband while playing beer pong in Vegas. They were married (not by Elvis), had a baby, and now all four of them reside in Los Angeles together. She can currently be seen on NickMom pulling hidden-camera pranks on Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring some pretty cute rain gear for toddlers!
Don’t want to get baby into that fancy Easter dress or that little man suit? How about staying festive without the fuss with one of these cute and comfy Easter-themed onesies?
I was sitting at my computer this past Saturday afternoon while my 16-month-old napped and my 11-year-old worked on his science project at the kitchen table. I had been feeling unmotivated and unfocused, unable to write or get on with any of my other work-related projects. So I opened up Facebook and proceeded to scroll through the newsfeed. It was another gorgeous, sunny Southern California day outside so naturally the pictures I was seeing from locals on the feed were those of people hiking, people eating al fresco, at the farmer’s market… and there were also a lot of pictures of people, friends of mine, having barbecues with family, shopping with their mothers, and getting manicures with their sisters who were holding their nieces on their laps.
Having a second baby has been an interesting experience. Sure, I’d done it once before so I should have known what to expect, right? Perhaps… if I hadn’t waited 10 years to have my second one. Yep, my son was 10 last year when I had my baby daughter, and, boy were things different this time around.
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Rockstars are known for their raucous, irreverent, rockstar ways. Though they are often difficult to handle, they win us over when they get up on stage with their rocker charm and rock our faces off! And my 16-month-old daughter is starting to emulate the rocker lifestyle. She loves to strut her stuff like Mick Jagger, taunt her older brother like Liam Gallagher, and though she hasn’t bitten the head off of a bat (yet), she definitely likes to bite stuff. Yeah, aside from hating any time spent on the road, my daughter is developing some rock star habits.
Most of the time my baby is an angel, but some of the time, well, she’s an animal. And some days, she’s more tame than others. When she tottles over and curls up on my lap like a sweet little kitten, we’re both purring in delight. But yesterday, while out for lunch at one of our favorite spots, she was less kitten, less domesticated, less… sweet. Yep, yesterday she was more like a Tasmanian devil or a wild boar thrashing about in the captivity of the high chair, and very much in the plain view of the other not-so-sympathetic diners, howling and yowling in protest of the fact that she couldn’t dip her bread in my Arnold Palmer. Sigh.
Yes, my daughter is a wild one. And so I often find it apropos to outfit her in animal-inspired onesies from time to time. There are some extremely cute and oh-so-fitting ones out there. Check out these adorable onesies that will be sure to showcase your little one’s wild side.
They entertain, they soothe, they distract, they calm, and they’re also an extremely cute decorative piece. Check out these eight handmade mobiles that would wow in any nursery.
He’s a handsome little devil, your boy. And when he wears one of these formal outfits, he’ll be ready to bear the rings at a wedding or be your date to the Oscars. Whatever the occasion, your little boy will charm the socks off everyone in the room wearing one of these adorable get-ups.