A Brief History of ShanghaiMamas

ShanghaiMamas was founded in April 2006 by Lynda Quintana, an American mother who had recently arrived in Shanghai from Texas. She quickly found that she was missing a social support system connecting her to other international families, and created ShanghaiMamas as a Yahoo Group where parents could meet online and ask questions, provide emotional support, organize playgroups, swap/sell baby products, … Continued

Nurse Candy

So you know how the weather has been lately? One minute bright, sunny, and in the high teens, the next a disappointing grey, wet, and single digit mercury reading. Really Atmosphere, couldn’t you decide which way you want to go? Hormonal imbalance was the response I got and I found myself sticking a hand out … Continued

Baby Led Weaning

When my daughter Amelia was 7 months old we decided to start her on solid foods. I cooked and froze a few weeks worth of healthy home made purees, bought her a special spoon and dish and strapped her into her high chair full of excitement at this new stage in her development. ‘Look what … Continued

Great Wall or Bust!

I don’t define myself as a runner but I am thrilled to know that I am about to run the “Greatest Run”.  Given that the run is on the Great Wall of China I am not sure that any other run can truly take the title.

Bye Bye Sugar

Is sugar toxic? I can attest that it’s addictive. Could you give it up forever? What about for just one week? That’s exactly what sixteen participants of the “Ultimate Loser” set out to do this Tuesday. From Tuesday to Tuesday they will shun all added sugars including honey and fruit juice. The only sweet indulgence … Continued

Tiger Schools?

  Amy Chua’s book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” and her very extreme style of “Chinese parenting,” has brought up some fascinating conversations with my coworkers, husband and friends.

Love On Wheels

Took this sometime in 2009 on Maoming Lu.  The bikes are mine and my husbands, although my particular bike in this photo has since been stolen – part of life in Shanghai – I’ve had 2 bikes stolen in 2.5 years! Welcome to the new photoblog project, Shanghai My Eye. Each entry will feature one … Continued