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Parenting: Feeling Bored IS Okay

10 May 2016 – 10:21 am | 13 Comments

 
 
‘Mommy, what can I do now? I’m bored!’
‘What else can I do now? Give me something to do.’
(In the car) ‘What can I do now? I have nothing to do.’ 

Sounds familiar?
Here’s one undeniable fact we …

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Making: A Barn & Farm Animals using Ice Cream Sticks

19 May 2016 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids | 2 Comments

 

What can you make with ice cream sticks?

Vai chose to make a barn and farm animals for this school project, all on his own.

Glad that it’s finally done!
 



 

(Umm, just in case you’re wondering ‘Why PINK??’, well, that’s the colour we have at home =)
 




 

Anyway.

You know what’s the tough part of this project?

This young man needed ‘multiple’ reminders to finish his project by the deadline! (read: It wasn’t completed within a day or two)

Pfft. A procrastinator.

(Like Mommy, I guess =)
 


Making: Coasters & Bowls using Old Magazines

18 May 2016 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids | 2 Comments



 

Don’t throw away those old magazines!

Because if you fold the pages of your old magazine, you can actually create … coasters and bowls!

 

 

A few notes:

– The thicker the magazine paper, the better. 

– I used a rather thick magazine paper, vertically halved the page and folded it (each strip is about 1 cm wide) to make the coaster.

– To make the bowl, I prepared different-sized strips (Mostly 1cm, and just a few 2cm ones)

– To glue the rolled-up strips, I used liquid glue

 

 

The kinds of ‘shape’ you are making is entirely up to you! :)

 

 

Have fun recycling and crafting!

Shot on iPhone: Food Festival ‘Kampoeng Tempoe Doeloe’, Kelapa Gading

16 May 2016 | Posted in: Photography, Places to Visit | No Comment


 

This outdoor food festival is on till 22 May 2016. 

 

 

Info:
We checked out the satay and dessert stalls, and their prices start from Rp30,000.

You’d need to get some kind of a ‘card’, put money in it, and use the card when paying for your purchases. But if you have a BCA debit card, you can use it at all stalls.

Anyway.

It’s a nice place to hangout with the family :)
 


Parenting: Feeling Bored IS Okay

10 May 2016 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | 13 Comments

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‘Mommy, what can I do now? I’m bored!’

‘What else can I do now? Give me something to do.’

(In the car) ‘What can I do now? I have nothing to do.’ 

Sounds familiar?

Here’s one undeniable fact we see today:

Kids these days get bored easily. They crave programmed activities and continual entertainment.

And I think, one of the major causes is, the presence of technology / gadgets that readily go everywhere with them. 

(Perhaps I should rephrase it to: the presence of technology / gadgets that are given to the children so that they are kept occupied / stimulated, wherever they are)

The way I see things:

– Our world is full of ‘trends’ and they’ll keep on changing over time.

– Whether or not we ‘follow the latest trend’ is a decision we need to make for ourselves.

– It is up to the parents who’ll create their own ‘family culture and habits’ from the start (and explain to the children the values attached to the decisions as they grow up)

 
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[February 2015]

One of the latest trend we see today is: ‘Everyone has a gadget, regardless of their age.’

If you’re a parent, what is YOUR belief and why do you have that belief?Children naturally compare themselves with their friends and they will ask (continuously) for a gadget to land on their hands.

It’s a fact all parents face today.

But I guess, the more important questions are:

If you’re a parent, what is YOUR belief and why do you have that belief? What culture / habits that you’ll introduce to your own little family from day one?

Food for thought.

To be ‘under-stimulated’ is uncomfortable. But really, this ‘discomfort’ is exactly what they need todayAs for our family, we choose to not saturate our kids with ‘electronic media entertainment’ as there are soooo many other activities to explore and do, so many other ways to spend their time and day.

Which includes ‘doing nothing much at all’.

If asked about ‘children and their longing to be continually entertained’, I’d say:

It is OKAY to feel bored.

It is OKAY to not have any ‘media entertainment’ for a period of time.

It is OKAY to have ‘nothing to do’ in the car.

 
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[No games on gadgets for Brie so far means she craves none and enjoys interactions with family and friends]

 
Because, when our children are ‘allowed to be bored’ (read: having no media entertainment nor structured/programmed activities), they are faced with opportunities to :

– Think – on their own – of ways to keep themselves busy
– Exercise their creativity and imagination
– Be calm and self-reflect
– Problem-solve their situations
– Interact with siblings and real people

Children today are heavily stimulated little people.

Children today are heavily stimulated little peopleTo be ‘under-stimulated’ is mildly unpleasant and uncomfortable. They’ll most likely complain about it.

But really, this ‘discomfort’ is exactly what they really need today.

What say you?

Parenting: ‘My Friend’s Friend Tried Raping a Girl on GTA’

4 September 2015 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | 2 Comments
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What if one day, your child came home from school and told you:
‘Mom, my friend’s friend ever tried raping a girl on GTA!’

I had that encounter recently, and I tried to keep cool about it.
(read: …

Parenting Tips and Thoughts : Acknowledging Milestones

23 April 2009 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | 4 Comments
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Every child goes through developmental milestones. Big and small. And it’s good if they know that we are happy with their developments and that we ‘celebrate’ their milestones.
‘Celebration’ can simply be an action that shows …

Parenting : It’s Never Just About You

2 July 2015 | Posted in: Daily, Inspirational, Parenting | 2 Comments
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The other day I read about a celebrity who blogged about how things have changed so much these days with the existence of social media.
He’s referring to common cases these days where youngsters seem to …

Marriage : staying together, staying happy

4 September 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 6 Comments
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My grandmother got married in mainland China when she was sixteen years old. No it wasn’t pre-arranged by their parents, and yes it was based on love.
That was in 1941.
Then 60 years later, in 2001, …

Marriage : Real Love Works!

1 March 2011 | Posted in: Advertorial, Marriage & Relationships | 8 Comments

Yep, that’s US close to TEN years ago!
It was when we were at the Registry of Marriage in 2001. I was twenty five, and Wilson was twenty six =)
It’s a little hard to believe at …

Marriage Tips and Thoughts : Try something new

19 November 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 2 Comments
Marriage Tips and Thoughts : Try something new

I recently shared how, as parents, we may tend to forget about our ‘other similarly important roles’, ie. as a spouse. As someone’s wife. Someone’s husband.
I don’t know about you, but personally I often find …