Why You Should Embrace Your Accent

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There’s a sad lie going around in this world that only some accents are worthy of the top. Everything else needs to be hidden, padded down, and cleaned up to sound more “presentable” to the outside world. When I first started learning Japanese, I really, really tried to hide my American accent as much as possible. I wanted to sound like a native so badly, but do you know what?

Native speakers are totally overrated.

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Please Stop Commenting on How White My Kids Are (Japan)

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It happened again. Someone saw my face, a white Caucasian mother, and then looked at my kids, half Japanese, half American, and they immediately said, “Oh, they’re so white!” Then they smirked. Then they walked away. Well, the fact of the matter is my kids are not so white that it has to be commented on every. single. time. If these words were sincere, maybe I could stomach it, but 9.9/10 it’s said with bad intentions to create a wall that I just can’t seem to climb over. Continue reading

Talking to Kids about the Birds and the Bees without Destroying their Innocence (Japan)

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Remember that movie What About Bob? with the super-controlling dad who was trying to teach his son how to dive and the anger he felt when Bob came along and did a better job? I really feel this is the boat a lot of Christians are in when it comes to talking to their kids about sex. Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Just Leave the TV On with Kids Around (Japan)

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Did you ever wonder about the effects the TV has on your kids mind? Do all those flashing images actually affect them? Or are all those conspiracy theorists just making stuff up to scare you again? In a world that is slowly deteriorating, I would strongly advise you to reconsider your television-viewing habits, especially when kids are in the room. Continue reading