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What Kind of a ‘Break’ Do Our Children Get?

20 July 2015 – 4:41 am | 4 Comments

 
Came across an interesting quote the other day:
“One thing I know for sure about raising children is that every single day a kid needs discipline…. But also every single day a kid needs a break.”
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Social Media. Staying in Touch.

12 April 2011 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment

I find it amazing how, especially today, people from different parts of a city, a country, or the WORLD, can stay in touch easily.

(Facebook, eg., definitely has somewhat changed the lifestyle of millions and the way people stay connected!)

I personally use the media to reach out to more people that I otherwise am not able to reach / know. To share daily thoughts and happenings. To encourage, and be encouraged.

And today, I thought of highlighting to you some of the ways where WE can stay in touch! =)

Add me on Facebook –
http://www.facebook.com/leonny.atmadja

Follow me on Twitter –
http://www.twitter.com/oureverydaythgs

Join Our Everyday Things Facebook Page -
http://www.facebook.com/oureverydaythings

And of course, subscribe to my Blog via RS
http://feeds.feedburner.com/OurEverydayThings

Feel free to add, follow, join and subscribe! =)

Thanks everyone!

Sunday’s Food for Thought : Sharing One’s Faith to Little Ones

10 April 2011 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | No Comment

When it comes to sharing one’s faith and spirituality to little ones, many feel that bringing their children to church every Sunday, teaching them to pray and give thanks before their meals and occasionally reading Bible stories at home is … good enough.

Tedd Tripp shared some food for thought on this topic in his book ‘Shepherding A Child’s Heart’, and I’d like to share some passages of the book with you today.

Hope it can be a blessing to you as much as it has been to me personally.

Happy reading and have a blessed Sunday, everyone!

It is our task as parents to faithfully teach our children the ways of God. It is the Holy Spirit’s task to work through the Word of God to change their hearts. It is a life of progressive growth.

What our children need is spiritual nurture. They need to be taught the ways of God. They need to understand that all of life rushes toward the day when we shall stand before God and give account. They need to learn about the pervasive effects of the fall on the human condition. They need answers to the great problems of life.

Parents, nurture your children. Tenderly encourage them to trust God. They need to trust Him not only for salvation, but for daily living.

Teach them how knowing God will make a difference in how they interact with their failures and successes. Knowing God will make a difference when they are afraid, angry, hurting, sinning, or sinned against. Knowing what God is like will speak to them when they are tempted.

Our children must understand that ‘Christian life’ not simply as living according to a biblical code, but as life in faith, commitment, and fellowship with the living God.

‘Behold, children are a gift of the LORD …’
(Psalms 127:3)

‘Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.’
(Proverbs 22:6)

Photography Tips : Taking Candid Shots

10 April 2011 | Posted in: Photography | No Comment

I took this shot of Vai today.

We were at a restaurant waiting for our dinner, and I sat right across this little guy.

I sat back and observed how he happily sipped his drink, wore Daddy’s tennis cap, and occasionally made silly faces to us.

And so I whipped out my camera (Canon Powershot S90), stretched my arm out, casually held and placed the camera on the table, waited (but I didn’t call out to him to look at the camera), and took 3 random (candid) shots of him.

This one is my favourite =)

When taking photos, many naturally prefer shots of people looking straight to the camera.

The thing is, when taking photos of little ones, … it’s not that simple =) And I guess, it’s because they naturally like to move about or ‘look away’?

Personally, I often take candid shots with my pocket camera (eg. Shots of friends laughing away naturally, or of our kids running around and playing chase). In the shots, they’re not looking at the camera, but it’s perfectly okay, if you ask me.

Anyway.

Since I believe almost ALL of us must’ve captured moments of friends, families, own little ones, etc, … here’re FOUR quick tips (on how to take candid shots) that I’d like to share with you this weekend.

Here they are :

> Bring along your camera everywhere =)

I guess the best way to take candid, spontaneous photos is to always have our camera ready when we need it? A good quality point and shoot camera would be nice to have, I think.

Personally, I almost always have my Canon Powershot S90 with me (No, I don’t go and bring along a bulky DSLR with me =) It’s relatively light-weight, small-sized, and I love its low-light function.

> Switch OFF the flash (whenever possible)

Because, blinding flash kills the moment.

And I guess, this is one of the reasons why I love my current pocket camera. My Canon Powershot S90 allows me to take nice and clear shots in low-light situations, with no flash.

> Take more than one shot!

THIS is possible today, thanks to digital photography that allows us to shoot multiple images (and delete the ones we don’t like later). Out of a few shots that we’ve taken, there’s got to be at least one that you quite like?

Btw, my hubby doesn’t quite believe in this though =) He is one photographer who believes in waiting for the RIGHT moment and shoots, just taking one or two shots. He believes every shot should matter, just like how he would shoot when using films many years ago.


[Anya was engrossed in her sand-play and was totally unaware of my presence. And when she turned and saw me, I caught her surprised look, hehe]

> Don’t look at the viewfinder all the time and don’t point the camera to the person in an obvious way

Once your subject is aware that you’re going to take photos of them, they often stop what they’re doing or start to act a little … unnaturally.

So instead of holding the camera right in front of our face, holding it in front (or at the side) of our hip does make photo-taking … ‘less obvious’.

[Note; The wider the angle setting, the better chance you have in getting the subject in the frame =)]

Anyway, I hope these simple tips come in handy for you.

Do have fun shooting around and capturing precious moments with your loved ones!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

[Oh btw, I'd like to say 'HELLO!!' to those who visit my blog from countries other than Singapore! Especially those from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam! WELCOME to Our Everyday Things!! =)]

Disney On Ice (Worlds of Fantasy) in Singapore

8 April 2011 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids, Daily | No Comment

I know. This is a completely outdated post =)

I’m going to share it anyway, just in case there are those who’re thinking of going to similar shows with your little ones in the future! =)

Last month, during our one-week school holiday here in Singapore, we went to the Singapore Indoor Stadium to check out Disney on Ice – Worlds of Fantasy.

We don’t ‘always’ go to such shows, btw. But, since both Anya and Vai are very familiar with all four main stories : The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars (of course!), and Tinker Bell, we thought it’d be nice to surprise them with tickets to the show!

[The fact that they both were always excited to see the ads - but 'never' asked us to buy them tickets to watch the show - made us want to take them there even more! =)]

Anyway.

Here’re some photos to share!

[Went to the Singapore Indoor Stadium by train. It was our first time alighting at the Stadium MRT Station, and I was wowed by the futuristic feel of the station! Very nice!!]


[All excited to watch the show. They were only told that they're going to the show a day before! Such an 'arrangement' works best for all parties, I think. Kids are excited that they're going to the show TOMORROW, and the parents don't repeatedly get the 'When are we going???' question =)]


[The 'Cars' show needed to last a little longer, I feel. Too brief. BUT, the life-sized cars were really good!]


[The Little Mermaid show lasted a little longer than 'Cars'. Love the dance sequences, lights and effects]


[There's a 15-minute break after the Lion King show and before Tinker Bell started. A little piece of advice, if you need to go to the toilet, do hurry before the queue gets TOO long =) ]


[The Lion King show was nice, but I liked the Tinker Bell show the most. It lasted the longest too.]

More info and tips to share :

> Going to the Singapore Indoor Stadium is very convenient via train. Click HERE to see the different options on ‘How to Get There’!

> Singapore Indoor Stadium is only about a minute walk from the Stadium MRT Station, but since there’s NO ‘underpass’ that connects the train station to the stadium, you’d need your umbrella to cross the road if it happened to rain that day.

> Ticket prices were affordable for last month’s Disney on Ice. For just about S$15 per person, you can go for ‘Category 4′, where you’d sit further away from the stage, right at the balcony, but the view was unblocked!

> Bring along your water bottles and snacks for the kiddos, unless you’re ready to spend quite a bit on merchandises and snacks there.

> Lastly, bring along jackets for the kids, if they can’t stand the cold too much. It does get a little cold inside the stadium.

Anyway, I thought it was a nice family outing.

And since we don’t always go to such shows during school holidays, going to one once in a while does make it more special for all of us.

Parenting : Where are WE when Our Children Are Growing Up?

8 October 2012 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | 10 Comments
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Today I was blessed to have heard some thoughts on parenting and how ‘urgent’ it is for us parents to ‘actively be involved’ in the lives of our young children.
And I’d like to share some …

Sunday’s Food for Thought – Loving the less-loved

2 December 2007 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | No Comment
Sunday’s Food for Thought – Loving the less-loved

>> When we’re physically unwell, we should learn to not quickly complain and feel like we probably should’ve just ‘died’.
Instead, we should be sensitive towards the strength God still provides for us and make even …

Parenting Tips and Thoughts : Raising respectful children

10 November 2008 | Posted in: Parenting | No Comment
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When babies are born, we find them all cute and adorable, don’t we? Their little coos and gurgles. Their tiny hands holding onto our fingers. Their eyes looking oh so intently into ours. Treasured and …

Daddy and the Family

19 August 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | 5 Comments
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Once in a while I do write about daddies and how important their role, active involvements and contribution are in the family and in raising the children.
How it’s not just about being the one who …

A blast from the past

15 August 2005 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | No Comment

I was trying to get some things from our store room when I saw our old photo albums in one of the boxes.
The one on the left was taken not long after we arrived in …

Baby no. 3 : “What Husbands Do to Make Pregnancy More Enjoyable”

5 November 2010 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Pregnancy & Babyhood | 2 Comments

[At 9.5 weeks pregnant]

The other day I had a message from a male reader, and this was what he wrote:
I really am happy that men are unable to ‘give birth’ =)

Having said that the …