Parents’ Perspective of Their Kids

Hi everyone!

Today I am writing about parents’ perspectives of their kids. You usually hear kids complaining about their parents on topics such as, “My mom won’t buy me this,” “Why are my parents so strict?” Parents (not all) also complain about their children to other parents about things like “My child is not doing homework,” “My child does not listen to me,” or even “My child isn’t eating properly!”

I am curious to know the main problem and whose fault it is/was for arguments between children and parents. A few days ago, I did a small survey of 10 parents who have kids aged 3 to 28 years old. I asked them three questions.

Here is the information I got:

1. What are the two things that you’re proud of about the relation between you and your child/children?

Most parents said they are proud of their open communication, trust, love, and respect. Some said that they are proud of their friendliness, caring and honesty in their relationship.

2. What are the two challenges of the relationship between you and your child/children?

The survey showed that the major challenges between parents and their kids are misunderstanding, timely communication, inability to find enough time for each other, and age gap. Some parents are also struggling to set realistic boundaries to help their kids gradually gain independence and make their kids focus on other productive things.

3. What are the two things that you could improve on to make the relation between you and child/children better? 

Almost all parents agreed that they should spend more time with their kids and do activities together. Some parents said that they should improve on doing communication, problem identification, and respecting each other.

In my opinion, parents have more expectations from their kids, but when they don’t properly communicate with each other, it creates misunderstandings. I can see that all the parents who did my survey are concerned about a better future for their children. In another blog, I will be writing on what children think about their parents. I would love to know your thoughts on this topic!

Homemade Coconut Cookies

Hi everyone!

Today, I am going to share a delicious coconut cookie recipe with you. I’m going to be completely honest, this recipe is the best!! It takes time to make these coconut cookies, but it’s worth it at the end. 

These cookies are deliciously crunchy and chewy. You can serve them with tea, coffee, a glass of milk, or even just as a plain cookie. I made the cookies with my little buddy, Aeri. We had so much fun baking together. We doubled the amount of ingredients for more cookies, so we made a couple hundred of them (LoL, but it is true!). 

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups Canola Oil
  • 3 cups Coconut Powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • Chocolate Chips

How to make it:

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients. 
  2. Crack the eggs in a bowl, stir well.
  3. Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and add all the wet ingredients in.
  4. Mix the ingredients and knead the dough thoroughly.
  5. Lay the dough out and roll. Make sure that when you roll it, the layer isn’t too thin.
  6. Cut out circles and place on a baking tray (don’t forget to lay out the parchment paper). 
  7. Put one chocolate chip in the center of each cookie (you can also put jam).
  8. Bake the cookies in the oven at 375 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 15 minutes.

Now you’re done! Let the cookies cool, and then you can start eating! You can store these cookies in an airtight container. I enjoyed baking these cookies. I hope you’ll try it too!

Summer Reading

Hi everyone!

In three months of quarantine, I spent lots of time in online schooling and read more than 300 books! I thought the last thing I would want this summer would be to read books, but I was wrong. I have been glued to every book I read and still crave for more! I have kept a lot of them on hold in the library (website) and can’t wait to read them!! I am planning to finish the whole series of “Wings of Fire” this summer.

I am fascinated by many online sites that provide free resources – lots of books, movies, webinars and various activities. If you want to read on the internet, here are some resources:

Epic! – There are many books on Epic, including Read to me’s, audiobooks, regular books, and it even includes videos.

Audible – Audible has millions of audiobooks.

Many Books – There are tons of eBooks on Many Books, that are 100% free

Project Gutenberg  – Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks!

FVRL (Fraser Valley Regional Library)- You can find books, music, and more on here!

Open Library- They have published more than 130,000 public lists. 

Vancouver Public Library – They have tons of books, ebooks, movies, music and magazines across 21 locations in Vancouver. All members get free access to these resources.

Surrey Libraries – There are many other books and movies on the Surrey Libraries Website. 

I hope you enjoy exploring these resources! 

Have fun reading!! 

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” —Joseph Addison

How to Make Hummus

Hi everyone!

Do you know how to make homemade hummus? If not, then you should probably read this post. Hummus is a savoury dip that you can eat with vegetables, pita bread, and chips. You can really eat it with anything! I even like it in my sandwiches. It is a good source of protein, minerals, and fibre. Let’s get started!

Hummus

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup uncooked/dry chickpeas
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, roasted
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tbsp salt (add more if needed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup water 

How to make it:

  1. Soak the chickpeas in water overnight. Then boil in water for about half an hour or until it is soft. Drain water. For a creamier texture, remove chickpea skins. I did not remove the chickpea skins.
  2.  Fry the chopped onion with a bit of oil until browned. Try not to burn them!
  3. Grind the roasted sesame seeds.
  4. Now put all your ingredients into the food processor or blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  5. If it is too thick, add a little bit of water gradually and blend again.
  6. Once you get the right texture transfer to a container. You can refrigerate it for up to 5 days, but fresh is always better! 

If you tried this recipe, I would love to know whether you liked it or not. Enjoy!

Virtual Graduation

Hi everyone!

Have you ever wondered what virtual graduation is like? I had never heard of online graduation before, but it did sound interesting. Last week, I went to my aunt’s house to celebrate her graduation (virtual graduation)!

The graduation ceremony of the University of Washington was broadcasted live on YouTube. Instead of marching across a stage, students’ names were shown with their picture beside. There were slides showing students who got the honours award. We congratulated my aunt when her name and photo came up on the slide. Images of students who were online through zoom were shown randomly. The program was followed by the flag ceremony and a commencement speech by the President of the university.

Then we cut the cake, and it was a two-layered, fondant one with coffee and vanilla flavoured icing in between the layers. It was really sweet but still tasty. I ate a little too much. We took pictures too, lots of pictures. There was also other food that we ate for dinner.

Even during a pandemic like this, most graduating students got to celebrate their special day uniquely.

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