Akemi Bourgeois

Akemi Bourgeois

Akemi got her start blogging in 2006 with the Silicon Valley Moms Blog. She co-founded her twins club blog, Mad About Multiples. She is a wannabe teacher, but spends most of her time teaching her kids not to use potty mouth words.
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  • Parenting Guru: Is it wrong to support gay rights and still belong to the Boy Scouts?
    Does wearing the Boy Scout uniform send out messages in support of the group's anti-gay policy?
  • Parenting Guru: I have Hashimoto's thyroid disease
    Fatigue and an ever-climbing weight were symptoms of one woman's thyroid disease.
  • Parenting Guru: 5 minutes to a happier child: Bath time
    When the crankies take possession of my child, I run the bath. It's our five minute quick fix to a happier child.
  • Parenting Guru: How to double a 5 hour road trip
    California's I5 between the Bay Area and LA is usually a five hour road trip but not so for this family. When you've got flat tires, vomit and stinky cows, the drive time is easily doubled.
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  • Parenting Guru: Supporting my son's losing streak in chess
    A second grader is discouraged by his losing streak in after school chess.
  • Parenting Guru: Father-son stargazing is a tradition
    A son carries on his father's tradition of observing the nighttime sky.
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  • Parenting Guru: Halloween is more than just candy coated teeth
    "Time to brush your teeth!" I beckon to my pajama clad kids."Yay, chocolate syrup! " they cheer.
  • Parenting Guru: Summer of Fading Childhood
    The Sprinkler Gods ordered up some backyard rainbows as a last act of summer. It's funny to see kids playing their way through a late summer day, blissfully unaware that chilly days are just ahead.I see myself looking back at this photo years from now, wistfully remembering my children when they wer
  • Parenting Guru: Swimming Through Dollars
    My twin boys first dipped their twenty toes into a swimming pool at six months. I was excited to introduce my boys to the sensation of water beyond the baby bath tub. We enrolled in a parent-and-me class at our local Y and in we all plunged, mom, dad and two babies. It was a lot of hassle but a whol
  • Parenting Guru: Fireworks, Watermelon and Johnny Tremain
    Johnny Tremain was the first historical novel I read. It was assigned to our sixth grade class by the stern and demanding Mrs.S who was passionate about literature and who handed out diplomas at the end of the year that read, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Every morning, little puffs of chalk
  • Parenting Guru: Dear Mom, Send my Dittos!
    When I went to sleepaway camp, letters arrived the old-fashioned way, by mail. They were also written the old-fashioned way, either by hand or typed on a typewriter. I was only away at camp for a week, but somehow, I'd managed to send one letter to my mom and she'd managed to send two to the tweenag
  • 100 words or less: Happy Mother's Day to the Star Wars Moms
    The force is with the Star Wars Mom.She knows that all light sabers are not equal, and that double bladed light sabers are double the fun.
  • Parenting Guru: Gratitude for the School Librarian
    In the increasingly digitized world of books, nothing can ever replace a good, old-fashioned school librarian, especially one who knows her stuff. While there may be a gazillion book reviews on Goodreads and while there may be thousands of Kindle ebook titles, a flesh and blood librarian has one adv
  • Parenting Guru: The iPad is Our Spring Break Essential
    Our annual spring break road trip from the Bay Area to Oregon is a trial in endurance. While I love the idea of a road trip, 10 hours of driving with kids gets oldaround the six hour mark. So we usually break it up into two days of driving, with a overnight stay at a roadside motel.These motel stays
  • Parenting Guru: To the Aunties on the Sidelines
    I'm running off the field in my maroon soccer uniform, cleats full of mud, heading toward a huddle of my teammates when I spy her out of the corner of my eye, standing along the sideline, next to my parents."Hi," I say, running up for a quick hug before rejoining the huddle.
  • Parenting Guru: Waiting for the Tooth Fairy
    The Tooth Fairy has yet to come inside our house. Santa has been here and so have a few tiny green men who left a mess and filled our potty with green pee.She's been here, too, the Tooth Fairy, hovering just outside our windows, waiting to snatch that first missing tooth.
  • Parenting Guru: Things I love about volunteering in the classroom
    In another life, I probably would have been an elementary school teacher. I missed the boat to teacher school, so when my twin boys reached school age, I eagerly signed up to work in the classroom. At our school, volunteering is not mandated and I have no plans to use it as a pathway to becoming pre
  • A Ripple of Kindness Brings Books
    I do know the difference between a random act of kindness and a random act of charity.Paying for coffee for everyone in line at Starbucks is a random act of kindness.Refilling the doggie water bowls that dot the sidewalk of my local downtown is a random act of kindness.Helping to carry someone's gro
  • Parenting Guru: Give the Gift of Experience
    I just splurged and bought my 6-year-old son a gift he'll always remember. It will dance and march and swirl about him in a dreamlike sequence, spinning tales of wonder in his sweet little head. He'll be wearing his much detested collared shirt but when he sinks into the velvety softness of the seat
  • Day After Thanksgiving Tradition: Jook
    The day after Thanksgiving has always meant only one thing, a steamy bowl of my father's homemade Chinese jook (also known as congee).There is no one recipe for jook. Some are served with 1000 year old eggs. Some contain shredded pork. Other recipes calls for sesame oil or a bit of ginger. Anything
  • Parenting Guru: The most beautiful woman in the world is...me?
    When I was in second grade, we read a lovely Russian folktale about a lost peasant girl who is trying to find her mother. The villagers run over to help, asking the girl to describe her mother."My mother is the most beautiful woman in the world," the girl replies.
  • O Christmas Lie, O Christmas Lie!
    The first lie is unexpected. We'd turned a corner in our local crafts store and there they were. Elves. In summer. They were tiny and green and one would almost think they were lawn ornaments save for the accompanying tinsel and boxes of ornaments. As I take in this chance encounter with Christmas i

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