Peng LiYuan’s Parenting Advice — The Story Behind the Quotes

Many people have asked me where I found these quotes, because if you google it in English, you won’t find it anywhere. Here’s the story:

My mum sent it to me via Whatsapp in 傳統字 (traditional mandarin) and when I googled it I could only find it on Taiwanese blogs. So I used Google Translate to translate it to 简体字 (simplified Chinese) and found it on Chinese blogs (as early as 2013 and most recently July 2015 but couldn’t find it on any official Chinese press).

The translation was the hard part. Yup. Put it in Google Translate and this is what you get

So I had to use multiple translators, translating one character at a time, and I wanted as far as possible a translation that was grammatically correct in English, rather than a literal translation, but keeping as close to the Chinese meaning.

Deciding which character to start the quote with was also hard as the app will only highlight the first character which is why you notice that some quotes have been reorganised. It’s not perfect but it was the best I could do within these constraints.

So far the Facebook album has been shared more than 4.6K times in a week and no one has complained about the translation so I guess I didn’t do that bad a job 😀.

The app I used is called Notegraphy ( It’s lots of fun. You can download it for free on iTunes. I tried a few different styles before I picked this one. Look for my originals and remix / edit them yourself, change the text or the style! Make it into a photo album with pictures of your kids and give it away as a Christmas present.

I made it because it resonated with me and it must have resonated with the 4.6K people who shared it.

So if you’re one of the sharers, I’m building schools in Laos with an organisation called Pencils Of Promise. USD25 / SGD35 will put a child through school for a year. I’ve raised enough funds to build one school but I want to build more.

And you can help me, or join me!

A SGD 35 donation will reflect a number of these pearls.

Asking your child if he would give up ONE Christmas present for SGD35 so that another child can go to school for a year would also reflect a number of these pearls.

As of 28 Nov, if everyone who shared this album donated USD25 / SGD35, we would be able to BUILD FOUR SCHOOLS. That would put 400 children through school. Think of the impact that would make on another child’s life.

You can learn more on my FB page Debbie Wants to Build More Schools or my website

Or you can donate directly here:

If you donate anonymously, do indicate Peng Liyuan on the donation so I know where it came from, as I am dedicating the school built by all funds raised from this Facebook album to my parents.

Originally published at on November 28, 2015.

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