Hoffman Academy 2.0 Giveaway & Review!

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In January 2017, our favorite online piano program, Hoffman Academy,  updated and launched Hoffman Academy 2.0 which has several new features on their website that will make learning music much more effective and fun. Today, I'm honored to test it out with my kids, write a review, and hold a GIVEAWAY for you to try it out as well. By the end of this post, I am sure you will be super excited about this awesome piano program. If you have never heard about this awesome and FREE online piano program but want to know more, you can read my first review right HERE. Are you ready?   (more…)

The Best Reward System for Multiple Young Children at Home

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My mom always told me that giving birth is painful for only a day or two, but raising a child is a life-long responsibility that is filled with love, laughter, worries, and even pain. Isn't that true? This life-long responsibility includes parenting.   Parenting is one of the most important keys for raising a child successfully. For the Chinese, parenting is very important in a family. We say that if a child didn't receive any parenting, it is the parents' fault. For me, I am always trying to find a good balance between parent-led and child-led parenting styles and methods to allow my children to choose right and wrong and to understand that consequences always follow.   Today, I'm going to talk about my family’s reward s...

Easy Chinese New Year’s Rounded Lanterns to Make with your Kids

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Hanging up lanterns is a common decoration you will find during Chinese New Year. Traditionally, Chinese people hang lanterns and other decorations a few weeks before the first day of the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). The day after New Year ends (15th day) is known as the Lantern Festival, and on this day all of the decorations are taken down because the Chinese New Year is officially finished for the year. The Chinese believe that a great start and end of Chinese New Year will bless you throughout the entire year, so let’s embrace this wonderful cultural blessing, and learn how to make our own lanterns. (more…)

The Best Chinese New Year Traditions and Activities to Do with Your Kids

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Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) is the most important traditional festival for the Chinese. This is also an essential festival for families and friends to get together to give blessings and fortune to each other. For me, it has always been my favorite holiday throughout my life. During the Chinese New Year, I usually have a longer holiday (besides the summer break), new clothes to wear, fun days traveling with my family, and tons of good food to eat.  I would also receive red packets and candies when I went to visit family and friends. Isn't this like another Christmas for kids? However, when I married and had two kids living in the United States, I found that keeping a traditional Chinese New Year at home was difficult without ...