Family: Auntie & Uncle Special

I let my kids eat soil and rub sand in their eyes

When it comes to raising my children, I tame the auntie in me so they can experience the natural consequences of their actions

A young fishmonger at the wet market asked me to pass him my selection of seafood, addressing me as "mei nu" (Mandarin for pretty woman).

I was about to hand him my basket of carefully selected specimens, only to realise that he was addressing someone behind me.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'I let my kids eat soil and rub sand in their eyes'. Print Edition | Subscribe