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Have We Been Teaching LIES to Our Children?

11 January 2017 – 11:14 am |

 
No sane parents would want to purposely teach LIES / false reality to their children.
But, the problem is, … many parents unknowingly have been doing just that to their children, through the way they raise …

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Have We Been Teaching LIES to Our Children?

11 January 2017 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | No Comment


 

No sane parents would want to purposely teach LIES / false reality to their children.

But, the problem is, … many parents unknowingly have been doing just that to their children, through the way they raise them day to day.

eg. Do our children believe/think that the real world out there will always love, accept and appreciate them?

Do our children believe that the real world out there will always … appreciate them?
When we always give in to their wants/tantrums/demands,
they learn from us that “the real world will always give them whatever they want”.

When we always protect them from failure and blame others for the pain/failure they go through,
they learn from us that “they are the best and they will never fail in whatever they do and it’s always someone else’s fault when something goes wrong”.

When we do things for them (like, carry their school bags, not teach them how to self-feed since young, not involve them in housework nor hold them accountable for their mistakes),
they learn from us that “mommy/daddy/someone will always be there to serve and provide for them”



How do we raise our children every day?

What kinds of values are we (indirectly) teaching our children?

Have we in fact been teaching lies and false reality to them?

Food for thought.

NO Excuse for NOT Knowing What to Do with Our Time

6 January 2017 | Posted in: Parenting | No Comment

‘Can we watch TV?’

‘Can I play games on the iPad?’

‘I’m bored. I don’t know what to do! Can we watch a DVD?’

For some reasons, many kids these days feel bored, easily.

(Read my post on ‘Parenting: Feeling bored is Okay!‘)

Many feel clueless as to what they can do with their time, other than spending it on TV, games or gadgets.

I don’t know how else I could enjoy my day, unless I spend it on watching TV or playing gamesI had a conversation about this with my 12yo the other day.

TVs, games and gadgets are fine.

Just not too much.

Because unknowingly, our life – our enjoyment of life – could be so ‘reduced’, with the increasing exposure and usage of gadgets and electronic media, especially by children.

It’s like, ‘I don’t know how else I could enjoy my day, unless I spend it on watching TV or playing games.’

The reality is, there’s SO MUCH we can do.

Even if we aren’t able to leave our home, with today’s easy access to technology, there’s actually NO excuse for us to NOT know what to do with our time.

We could learn a new skill, new knowledge about something, or even pick up the basics of a new language!

(This is of course on top of all other activities like reading, playing sports, or just going out and about)

And so she decided to learn some basic French on DUOLINGO yesterday.

Good on you.

Kalijodo Skate Park: Because Once is Not Enough!

5 January 2017 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids, Daily | No Comment


 

And what do we have here.

Some of Ahok supporters were there to make a video clip!

(Which btw was also one of the reasons why we’re there today … to show our support =)
 



 

Anyway, I wrote about this new place in Jakarta called Kalijodo Skate Park (also known as, Kalijodo X Park)

Click HERE to read the post, if you haven’t already =)

We’ll be back.
 

Checking Out: Jakarta Planetarium and Observatory

28 December 2016 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids | 6 Comments


 

Today we went to check out the Planetarium (inside the Taman Ismail Marzuki complex).

We thought we should explore more of Jakarta and watch the ‘galaxy show’ at the Planetarium.

Upon entering the planetarium, we were greeted by this sight.
 


 

The crowd was huge (it’s Wednesday, school holiday)

And apparently, they’re all queueing to buy the show tickets!

It is a 60-minute show (which started at 4.30pm). Ticket sales started at 3.30pm, and the queue was already very long at 2.30pm!
 


 

The inside of the theatre apparently looks like this. Nice,  huh! (We skipped the show, btw)

(Photos were taken from the internet)
 


 

Anyway.

We checked out the rest of the ‘exhibition areas’ (free admission).
 


 

According to the website, this planetarium is the oldest of the three planetaria in Indonesia.

(Googled to find out where the other 2 planetaria are located. Haven’t found the info though)

Some renovations have been done recently, but I feel the planetarium can be better maintained and improved (ie. The exhibits, the general cleanliness of the place, etc). Some of the ‘things’ inside the glass-displays look dusty and old, too.
 


 

But anyway, I feel the visit was educational.

eg. Brie learned the names of the planets nearest to the sun, and the older kids learned how SUPER HUGE our entire galaxy is (and how amazing it is for God the Creator of the whole universe to even care for us super tiny, sinful and arrogant humans on earth).
 


 

To end the post, you may want to check out their website for more info: http://planetarium.jakarta.go.id

Admission fee (to watch the 4.30pm show) is now:
Rp. 12,000 / adult
Rp. 7,000 /child (2yo – 12yo)

Location:
Taman Ismail Marzuki, Cikini, Menteng

Psalm 8

1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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I heard expectations.

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I am now officially, 40.
If you’re well over 40, you’d probably roll your eyes and say, ‘Bleh. You’re STILL 40! You’re young!’
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How long have we been married ?
It’s been 11 years for us.
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