Wow it’s been a year plus

Wow and wow. How time flies! It’s been a full year and three more months since my last post. Since my daughter was born, my life has been mostly revolving around raising a happy child and educating a strong and responsible little citizen. It was fun. It was absolutely exhausting. I have grown. I have learned to be a stronger person. I have witnessed my own power and am convinced of my own value, more than ever. I have learned to love myself and her unconditionally.

But, I’m still me, the person who is here on this planet to experience my own life. Now it’s my life with my family, instead of just my life.  I still love to travel. I still love to draw. I still love to make handicrafts. I still love to read and write. I still love the things that I love to do.  In fact, I have achieved more than before I had her.  In a way, she has become my inspiration, my educator, my conscience, a part of who I am.  For this, I am truly thankful.

A full year plus has passed. And what a year! An academic year starting from apprehension to trust, from work to school to after school activities, from clueless to a much savvier learner. What a privilege to be a mom, to be HER mom.

The new semester is going to start in a few days. I am smiling to myself as I am typing, knowing in my mind that everything will work out and go great despite inevitable ups and downs, feeling in my heart the unfading love made ever-strong by both joy and tears. Smile. Go forward. Here we come!

Magic comes from within

Let the magic happen~ part of a T-shirt I designed for my daughter.

Preschool Graduation

First of all, it’s a celebration! Congratulations, my little one! A new phase of life will unfold underneath your feet as you march forward. You go, girl! Continue to be your active, brave, brilliant, bright, confident, creative, intense, happy-go-lucky self! And keep learning and having fun!

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I, too, am looking forward to evolving forward with you in a growing mother-daughter relationship. You have demonstrated a healthy and continuing desire for and growth of independence, which will usher us into more new types of activities and fun. On the one hand, you crave for it; on the other hand, you come back to wanting to be a baby cuddled up in my arms. I respect this spiral, knowing that it is going upward, and welcome the many shapes and forms of your growing up. Our body and mind have many needs and experience many feelings; yet our hearts know only love. Let’s walk hand in hand.

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It’s interesting that yesterday before the graduation ceremony, I read another blog somewhere about “why the fuss for a preschooler’s graduation” and “how it’s not like they’ve studied hard to earn a degree.” You know what? I couldn’t disagree more!

Who is to say that these little kids have not put out any effort? Sure, it is all playing in the eyes of an adult who seldom empathizes and marvels at a young life’s achievement. But have you ever seen, truly seen, your child? The first 5 or 6 year of their life, they learned to walk and run by 1.5. They learned to be fully fluent in one language around 2; and if they are bilingual or multilingual, they are fluent probably by 3. They learned to eat properly with reasonably good manners by 4. They learned to use the restroom completely by themselves around that time, too. They are increasingly aware of themselves and their own abilities and are more and more independent at an accelerated speed. They are learning social skills and are thrilled to work in groups. They learned the alphabet and the numbers. They learned simple sight words. They learned the simplest concept of science and technology. They sing, they dance, they have started sports, they love arts… They have accomplished so much in such a short few years!

And we wonder why they cry and throw tantrums? Well, as I’m typing right now, I’ve realized that all of the above could be part of the why — although, developmentally, their brain is still immature and growing, just like the rest of their body.  Of course I will still teach (or learn together with) my daughter how to manage big emotions. But I mean, just imagine — you’re trying to navigate an increasingly bigger world as you discover it and learn so much with an immature brain and a tiny body that are constantly growing and changing! They are all little super heroes. Now that’s worth celebrating!

A pedagogical reason for celebrating a preschooler’s graduation? For the child, it is self-esteem, self-image, self-confidence, and self-recognition of achievements. The ritual, the flowers received, and especially the flowers/gifts presented to teachers help the child to appreciate his/her education and fun, feel truly thankful to the teachers/school, and build up understanding of the dynamics of social activities and relationships. It is also a way to acknowledge the teacher’s effort, kindness, and achievements, a great opportunity to express true thankfulness. Parents can feel proud of themselves, too! It may have felt like a long way to come thus far — positive and responsible parenting isn’t always easy. So, it’s time to pat yourself on the back, too. What a great time for family, friends, teachers, kids, and school admin to come together in a short, no-nonsense hour and feel great!

More importantly, graduation is a starting point — that’s probably why college graduation is called “commencement” — a new starting point where one sets foot on new grounds and discover new horizons, however young or old one is.

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For everything that happens, there’s always a good way to see it and a great way to take the opportunity as a “teachable moment” for your child and maybe even yourself.  A preschooler’s graduation is definitely one. Congrats to my little one and all the little ones who are graduating and looking ahead to a bright future!

My Third Book(s)

My third book (or books)! Again, I am both the writer and the illustrator 🙂  These are the third of my “accepting growth and change series.” Both the girl’s version and the boy’s version are 8.5 x 11 inches, with two parts: 1. Story with brightly colored high quality illustrations; and 2. high quality coloring pages that can also help young kids retell the story. 55 pages each book. Kindle versions are also use iPhone Kindle APP and/or Kindle for PC to read on non-kindle devices. Enjoy! Thank you!
For boys: Mommy’s Love Grows with Me — For Boys (Accepting Growth and Change)
These books are especially written for kids who are learning to be more and more emotionally independent as they gain more independence in life skills and desire more control over their environment. Deciding to have a girl’s version and a boy’s version is not aimed to promote gender inequality, but to create characters that both little boys and little girls can relate. Ages 4-7.

My Second book

Finally found some time to post something about my second book. Actually with growing experience with Amazon KDP, this second book is of a much better size and quality. It has even more vivid colors, much larger pages, and the coloring pages are of high quality too. Now available in both ebook version and paperback version. Please check out the link below. More pictures down the link. And my third in the series is forthcoming, please keep updated 🙂


Paperback Version of My Book!

Finally! Paperback version of my first children's picture book came out this morning on Amazon~ Brightly colored story book + image outline coloring pages. Young readers can look at the colored pages while parents read, color, and retell the story by following the pages that they have colored. It's Amazon's only choice of landscape binding, a size of 8 x 6 inches. Will definitely be looking for publishers that print bigger sizes for my future books. Thanks for looking and for all forms of support! ♥

Paperback version link, introductory price:
Kindle and Kindle App ebook link:
For readers who already bought the paperback book and still would like an ebook, the ebook will be $0.99.

My First Picture Book!

My first picture book is now published on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Select! The Little Caterpillar Who Doesn’t Want Change (Accepting growth and change series)

I first wrote the story and drew the pictures last year for my daughter when she was putting on the biggest fight to reject transitioning from Early Preschool to Preschool. It is a book about growth and change without her or a human child in it, which made her feel less threatened by the situation. Eventually, this and another story (I’m working on it) did the job! She finally settled in her new classroom and liked it. This year, her transition has been great — she readily accepted her new teachers and her new classroom and is having tons of fun!

So, I decided to share this book with all little kids (and their parents) who need a hand when facing change.

I was waiting for the paperback to be ready to announce it, but it seems like it will take a little longer than expected. So, here’s the electronic Kindle Version first. 

It’s for kids 3-6 years old, either read by parents or on their own. Have fun reading!