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Expat Dad: Jitterbugs kids dance class / fun in Shanghai

  Jitterbugs Christmas Parties and December Schedule   Jitterbugs is a fun dance playtime for kids in Shanghai, in both Pxui and Pudong, a good chance to meet other parents and let your kids play in a safe and clean indoors play area. Here is some December and Christmas information: Puxi, there will be NO […]

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Expat Dad is back: and he’s sleepy

Writing about parenting is the same as many, or even all activities done by man: it’s best done with two hands. Having two hands is often taken for granted by most people. Those able to truly appreciate this natural gift are people who have only one hand, and also parents of babies. People without a […]

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Expat Dad: Reality Check

Each individual person has the ability to believe … whatever they want to believe. I’m not just referring to crazy beliefs such as organised religion, but also that, with complete non-impartiality (partiality?),  a person can believe that something he or she experiences in their life has more meaning or worth than the experiences of others. That others […]

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Expat Dad: All a blur

As everyone knows, the second baby is easier. This is mainly for two reasons. One is that you have done this before, so you have experience. The second is that you are already aware that the age period of around months 9 to month 36 are much more difficult than months 0 to 9, because during […]

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Expat Dad: Communication is worst

When I was young(er) and studying(sleeping) at university, I went for an interview for a part-time job in a clothes shop. I did not get that job. The 21 year old ‘Manager’ who interviewed me, had clearly been on a variety of courses – maybe even ‘workshops’ – and was firmly focussed on the buzzwords and bullshit […]

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Expat Dad: Dealing with Daunting

When you have been a parent for several years, it’s nice to see your friends become ‘new parents’. Just like going back to your old school or university after you have left, you can smugly walk around the place, free of the burdens of academic expectation and bookish pressures. As you see the smear of […]

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Expat Dad: Using your kids for your own benefit

Good parenting often means good sacrifice. This means voluntarily and determinedly prioritising our children, because this is what is ingrained into our very being. Not necessarily in the ‘local’ style, which then involves telling your children – on a daily basis – that they ‘owe’ you because you put in X RMB (yes, some parents […]

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Expat Dad: Kids – very difficult, very easy

All parents know that life before parenting was lived in an ignorant haze. Before parenting, you had this thing called ‘free time’. When you had it, you really had no idea that it even existed. You didn’t think about it, just like you don’t think about the joy of oxygen every single time you take […]

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Christmas is here. Bum boobs.

Christmas is here~! ^-^ ~~~ I’ll explain the punctuation later. Ah yes! The bum boobs. I shall explain that first. Well. Parents have many a conundrum to deal with. How will I ensure that my children do well in school, yet still follow their true love of a particular sport or art, and therefore can have […]

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Expat Dad: The second child

Living in Shanghai means suffering from a lack of understanding from your ‘fellow man’. The phrase ‘fellow man’ has little meaning itself here, because in no way am I in fellowship with men who are totally unable to… drive cars, for example. (let alone grow a moustache or chop wood) Each small child that sees you […]

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