My daughter, J, celebrated her 7th birthday on a moderate scale recently.
My wife and I vaguely suggested to our son to make a birthday card for his sister â€“ thinking it could be an impossible dream.
But to our surprise, K took up the challenge right off the bat.
Despite my encouragement to draw on his own, K refused. He insisted that I should help. With a little assistance from me, he managed to draw something.
I must say this: On the coloring part, he had done a very good job. He spent one afternoon (and later evening) to completely color his first home-made birthday card â€“ all by himself.
On normal days, he would have drawn me to help out after he tires himself. But this time, I could see that he had put a lot of effort and concentration into completing this card â€“ though he finished it in two sessions.
Upon completion, he was extremely proud of his workâ€¦ and himself. Making the card is all well worth the effort and J loves the card very much.
Here it is, Kâ€™s first hand-made birthday card for his sister. Not bad for a 4-year-old boy!
(Note: Inside the card, there is a picture of a birthday cake â€“ which you canâ€™t see from this picture. K offered to color it the following day. Now that is what we called self-motivation!)