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After stopping for quite some time, K picked up reading again in the last week or so.
Of course, before that, I tried to encourage him to read but it was just that: light reminder. And no action thereafter.
However, in the past few days, he was infected with some sort of virus that motivates him to read… non-stop. [Read More...]
You see in my neighborhood, there’s an alternative school that encourages children to climb trees.
Yep, it’s true. According to the “followers,” children are born with the right to climb that you should not violate.
If you don’t believe me, pay me a visit and I’ll show you a bunch of kids who are happily climbing up trees without a slight intervention from the parents. Chances are the kids who are up on a tree belong to that school.
To let you in on a secret, I do secretly hope that J and K would have the tree-climbing prowess those kids have. I slightly hinted to them they can do so. They have all my support. [Read More...]
At different stages of life, elder kids tend to do different things than their younger peers. My philosophy is simple: I will do my best to let them do what they want to do as long as it’s not life threatening like jumping off from a tall building.
Recently, J and K, 10 and 7 respectively, have collectively gone through five new experiences. Sometimes, it’s fun to know your child is able to do stuff that only adults can – albeit not perfectly executed. [Read More...]
You won’t see this in the MSM (main stream media).
If you read the news today, we are STILL in the best of the economy. The best proof is the Dow Jones has reached 16,000 points.
Thanks to the screwed financial systems and despite the good news released by the governments, hyperinflation is going to happen. And when that happens, it’s going to wipe out a great deal of wealth held by the people.
I am not a pessimist but I want you to be financially secure by preparing for the inevitable hyperinflation that is coming to hit us. [Read More...]
All this while, I feel something is amiss with our current education system.
But I don’t know what it is. And I have problems describing the situation too.
Fortunately, I was introduced to this perfectly written article that sums up what I feel.
It struck a strong chord in me and what the author proposes should be the way our school’s future direction. [Read More...]
You might not agree with me but besides sex, death is the most taboo topic for parents.
Where’s the fun of discussing about death, you ask.
As far as I am concerned, there’s no such thing as off-limits. I will do my best to adequately address my child’s curiosity to find out about certain thing.
Avoiding taboo topics is not the way. You have to explain to them accordingly when the need arises.
Death included. Something different about death is when you learn more about it, the more you discover about how to live your life with purpose… become more compassionate and less calculative. [Read More...]
If you have been following my story, we have quite a bit of challenge with J’s piano lesson.
For as long as I can remember, she doesn’t seem to have found the “oomph” to learn piano.
She is not motivated and not looking forward to the class. Not to mention making piano practice her daily routine.
When she first started piano, my wife bought her a used piano without a second thought. That was THE most expensive purchase apart from the house and cars. That was how committed we are to see J through in piano.
We changed teachers twice and currently being taught by the third – hoping that J and the new teachers would click. As it turns out, having the right teacher is one of the important factors that will make sure your child’s continuity in pursuing something. [Read More...]
In a rare opportunity, we took J and K to a book signing ceremony last Sunday.
Why rare? Because it’s hard to come across an author who is loved by them and is willing to do the autograph at the same time.
It turned out to be an exciting event for the kids and even for me. The crowd was manageable and we had the chance to ask the author anything we wanted and took pictures.
The problem is J and K only started to “love” this artist-cum-author a few weeks ago. Even though they knew about Cheeming Boey‘s first book “When I was a kid” long time ago, it was not time yet for them to pick it up and read. [Read More...]
If you are, chances are, your child is too.
No, I didn’t conduct any survey or something like that to come to the conclusion.
It just based on my observation that if a parent is glued to the idiot box, your child will draw entertainment from it too.
I could be wrong but…
I have many parents complain their children watch too much TeeVee.
What they don’t realize is the principle of “monkey see monkey do” at work. The child just follows what the dad or mom do. [Read More...]
I am the first to admit that I am not a perfect parent.
I am still struggling with this…
I bought a copy of The Last Lecture at a book fair. The book is a transcript of a highly viral video on YouTube posted more than 5 years ago. Randy Pausch made the awesome speech before he died of cancer on July 25 2008.
(BTW, you can watch the video here)
I am aware of this story but a recent revisit reminded me of this challenge that I need to be conscious of… and hopefully get rid of in the future. [Read More...]