If only we could really ask our most burning questions without being culturally insensitive and totally rude:
1. Will you tell me to drink more water or wear socks when I feel sick?
2. Should I pay you for the Chinese New Year holiday or not?
3. Will you come back after the vacation?
4. If a child cries really hard for an item, is it better to give the child that item so they’ll stop crying or distract them with another shiny object?
5. Can you say “No” with a firm face? Are you willing to practice?
6. If a child or an adult says they are full, do you keep feeding them or leave them alone?
7. If I ask you to do something my way, will you at least pretend to do things my way?
8. Will you lie to me and say my food is good if you ask to try one of my dishes?
9. Should my children call you ayi or nainai?
10. Will you refrain from saying “another one?!” when I tell you I’m pregnant again?
Is there anything you find necessary to ask?
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Vanessa Jencks founded China Moms Blog to connect internationally-minded parents through semi-humorous stories and poorly-written satire news. She is the former managing editor of beijingkids magazine; see her previous work here. She writes about relationships and faith at vanessajencks.com.