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All Children are Small People who will Change Some Day

10 February 2017 – 11:15 am |

 
A child has small hands, small feet and small ears, but that does not mean they have small ideas.

Children have little things, just like them:
a little bed, bright little books, a little umbrella, a little …

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Baby Brie : Who is That in the Mirror?

26 September 2011 | Posted in: Pregnancy & Babyhood | 10 Comments

Brie is so much more mobile these days.

No, she can’t crawl just yet, but she can push herself forward and roll over towards her right (from her back to tummy, and to her back again).

So we now place her on the lower bed a lot, which we position next to our wardrobe (one with mirrors on the sliding doors)

This works out great for us, because while Brie is there (and Mommy gets to do things around the house, attending the older siblings, etc), she gets to look at her reflection and see ‘another baby’ in front of her =)

You see, as a 4-month-old baby, she’s starting to learn about the world around her, and she gets to observe the different moves and expressions ‘this baby in the mirror’ makes =)

(I read somewhere that babies will only realise that it is their own image in the mirror when they’re close to turning two =)

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Here’s an article in whattoexpect.com that talks about ‘Why Babies Love Mirrors’:

What’s the point of looking in the looking glass?

The mirror game helps your baby learn how to focus, track images, and explore the wonderful things a face can do. Plus, it promotes social and emotional development as she interacts with you (and maybe her siblings). Eventually, she’ll learn that the friendly face she’s been looking at all along is none other than her very own. Now that’s a powerful lesson in who’s who.



Anyway, I recently read that apparently there are those who believe letting babies look at their own reflection in the mirror is a ‘bad’ idea though.

Hmm. Interesting.

Have you heard about this?

Baby Brie : FOUR Months Old!

21 September 2011 | Posted in: Daily, Pregnancy & Babyhood | 2 Comments


Brie : Yeah yeah … I’m FOUR! Four months old that is, hehehe … =)

Ehem … btw, she had her first fall from the (lower) bed today!

It was a ‘head-first dive’ from our 30cm-high mattress and when big brother Vai heard her cries, he was the one who quickly went to the ‘scene’, picked her up and placed her back on the mattress. Thank God for big brothers! =)

Parenting : Instilling Values in Daily Conversations With the Kids

21 September 2011 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | 5 Comments

As a parent to three kids, I find myself instilling values in my daily conversations with my two elder ones somewhat more frequently, especially this year.

And I guess, it’s more because Anya is now in Primary One, and she spends quite a long period of time away from us every day (ie. About 5-6 hours, from Monday to Friday), where she gets to play, observe and interact with friends from different walks of life.

She gets to see friends behaving and responding in ways that are perhaps ‘new’ to her.

At school, she meets people who are helpful and friendly, but also some others who tell lies, yell at friends (and her!), speak proudly of own achievements, etc.

And she often needs to make a choice too, eg. To be indifferent, to join others in blaming a friend, to copy other people’s behaviours, or to not follow the crowd because she has her own way of doing things.

As a 7yo school girl, I’m sure it hasn’t been easy for her.

Like for example, the other day as Anya shared with me how her day was like, she told me about a boy who took his friend’s eraser home and claimed that it was his.

That boy took the eraser during recess, Mommy! It wasn’t even his! It wasn’t the first time that he did something like that. And his form teacher scolded him!“, she enthusiastically shared.

If the teacher didn’t find out and tell him off, do you think it’s okay for him to take his friend’s eraser?“, I casually asked as we walked home together.

No. But why did that boy take the eraser when no one was in class?  It’s not his.

Well, … many people think that when no one is looking, they can do whatever they want, even when it’s a wrong thing.”

Like when someone took home a water bottle that belongs to another student when no one was around?

I nodded and said, “Some people choose to NOT steal or cheat, because they’re scared of getting caught and fined, not because it’s the right thing to do.  Well, WE should choose to do what’s right, though no one is looking. God sees everything, including what we feel in our hearts and what we have in our minds.”

One of the many things which I’m very thankful for is, over the years (ie. Since both kids started nursery school), we’ve sort of built this ‘habit’ of sharing. When I see Anya and Vai after school, I’d ask the kids about their day and they’d share with me about their friends, what their teachers taught, what they did, etc.

(Btw, fyi it wasn’t like this in the beginning. I used to get a shrug and ‘I don’t know’ as their replies. It really is a habit that I must continually nurture over the years in my attempt to build an open communication with the kids. I must say that being a fulltime mom helps greatly in this case, because I get to see them straight after school, when everything is still ‘fresh’)

Anyway, I’m glad that the kids can tell me these things because it allows me to see the kinds of struggles they face, and the kinds of values (good and bad) that they’re exposed to at school, etc.

This way, during our chats, I can also share my thoughts on certain issues with them, correct any wrong ideologies, instill biblical values, encourage positive behaviours, etc.

(And I quietly hope that this ‘habit’ continues on)

PS: Btw, being parents to bigger kids, we find ourselves needing to reflect on our own values and principles too, to see if we walk our talk as well. Not easy.

Making : Handprint Fruit Tree

20 September 2011 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids, Daily | 2 Comments

We did this the other day.

Drawing a ‘fruit tree’ using watercolour and … just hands! =)

One simple activity idea that can be done by any kids above the age of … 1.5 years old, you think?

Anyway, here are some other activity ideas using ‘hand prints’ :

– Making: ‘Handprints and Stencil’ Watercolour Painting

– Making : Ox Hand Prints

– Making : Your child’s very own MOOSE HEAD!

Have fun with your little ones!

Video : Prayer for Mothers (and Anya and Vai’s 1st Choir Performance in Jakarta)

12 May 2013 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting, Video | 4 Comments

 
Today is my very first time watching both my kids – 9yo Anya and 6.5yo Vai – perform in our church choir, singing ‘Prayer for Mothers’ as part of our church’s Mother’s Day celebration.
As I …

Reading with a Toddler and Encouraging Positive Relationships (and the book ‘One More Candle’)

17 July 2013 | Posted in: Giveaways, Awards & Reviews, Parenting | 4 Comments

 
Someone asked me, ‘How do we read to a two year old? If I read all the words in a storybook, he doesn’t seem to understand and he’d want to get up and go.’
Well, first …

Thoughts : We were all once a child

24 July 2011 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | No Comment

Every one of us was once a small child.
Every influential person we know today was once a small child too who couldn’t do anything much, who most probably had never imagined doing/becoming the kind of person he/she …

Mommy is a Wife and Daddy is a Husband

26 July 2015 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 2 Comments

 
Here’s one food for thought I’d like to share with you this weekend:
So much emphasis is placed on being ‘the kind of parent God wants us to be‘.
But, while we struggle and strive to do …

Thoughts : Mothers and Wives – Privileged or Victimised

11 October 2007 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | 2 Comments
Thoughts : Mothers and Wives – Privileged or Victimised

Some food for thought I’d like to share. From today’s Women’s Fellowship.
When we know the ‘price we need to pay’ for doing something and yet we still are willing to do it, it’s called ‘sacrifice’.
On …

Marriage : Let’s Keep On Working on It!

4 December 2012 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 2 Comments

So.
How long have we been married ?
It’s been 11 years for us.
To some people, that’s pretty long already.
To some others, we’re just at the ‘beginning’ of a long journey, and there’ll be many more ‘interesting’ …