-Rumi Rumi. -Yes Mama!
-Eating sugar? -No Mama!
-Telling lies? -No Mama!
-Open your mouth. -Ha ha ha!
This is a lovely nursery rhyme sang by Rumi and her mother Lin Ni during the interview. It is a song from Nepal, the motherland of Rumi’s father.
As it is sung in the song, telling lies is not okay. So when Lin Ni found out Rumi was telling lie to her for the first time, she was at a loss what to do for quite a while. “Attending kindergarten is a double-edged sword,” she said, “you will learn to be good, but you will also be influenced by bad example. But it’s not okay to tell lies, so I have to tell her about this. It’s just I haven’t found the best way to do that, and I have to learn, too. That’s why when raising a kid, the kid is growing, so are the parents.”
It’s very common in Rumi’s daily life that some of her little friends ask for her toys, and Rumi’s nanny usually tells Rumi to give whatever toys to the children whoever ask. Sometimes Rumi herself likes the toy very much and hates to give it to somebody else, then she feels upset and doesn’t know what to do. That’s exactly when Lin Ni tells her, “Rumi, it’s okay to say no. If others don’t give their toys to you, you can never take it. But if you don’t want to give your toys to others, you can say no.” Lin Ni mentioned that she hoped whatever Rumi did, she should do it willingly and think for herself.