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Photo by Craig Howell

Photo by Craig Howell

By Tina Teng-Henson

On my run this morning, I turned into the gateway of the Catholic convent in my neighborhood. As I jogged down the leafy pathway, this thought crossed my mind: “I could always just abandon my husband and kids and become a nun…then I could really focus on serving God.” I imagined Beatrice and Peter visiting me at the convent once a year, watching them grow up from afar. Then I imagined myself crying in anguish, after each visit would end — overwhelmed with regret and remorse for having made that decision. I would miss watching them grow up far too much. (more…)

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Photo by Maria Liu Wong

Photo by Maria Liu Wong

By Maria Liu Wong

Being the parent of a middle-schooler is not an easy job. Raising a middle-schooler in New York City makes it that much more challenging.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I let Joshua, our oldest son — a slim-built, not-very-tall sixth grader — walk home for the first time by himself. (more…)

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Photo by Ally Mahbobi

Photo by Ally Mahbobi

By Wendy Choy-Chan

My elder daughter will turn seventeen in a few months. “Seventeen” sounds so much more mature, ready to conquer the world than “sixteen.” No longer my little baby. For one, she is taller than me now. She takes (borrows) clothes from my wardrobe — well, those she deems fashionable. She is also driving now (thank God we don’t have an extra car for her!), so she is ready to venture out all by herself, literally. (more…)

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Space to Breathe…

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Photo by weisserstier

By Maria Liu Wong

This morning when I peeked into my younger children’s room at 7:00 am, I was surprised to find my younger son Josiah at his desk poring over a Chinese textbook. “Josiah, what are you doing?” I said. “I’m reading!” he replied. “But Ms. Chang isn’t coming today. She’s coming next week.” “I know. I’m just reading.” (more…)

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Photo by Enid Yu

Photo by Enid Yu

By Joy Wong

I am used to reading signals from other people — whether their facial expressions, body language, words used, etc — to assess how they feel about me. While this sounds normal for the average person, I tend to do it in excess.   (more…)

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Photo by xinem

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

My experience growing up in a Chinese immigrant family in California is almost embarrassingly stereotypical. I was taught to respect my elders and work hard in school. I learned piano and attended Chinese school. In academics, I was held to the usual Chinese standards: only As and A-pluses were allowed; anything short of 100 percent on tests was failure; and all mistakes were earth-shattering events. My mom was very much what we’ve come to call a tiger mom, and my dad was her supportive (though mostly silent) partner in constantly pushing my older sister and me to do better. (more…)

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Photo by Frank de Kleine

Photo by Frank de Kleine

By Joy Wong

In the last few months, our family has been going through a lot of transition, including buying our first home and moving while expecting our next baby, due in July. On top of all this, I’m still finishing up my spiritual direction certification, continuing  – albeit, very slowly – in the ordination process, and staying home to care for my daughter who is now close to the age of 2. (more…)

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