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Starting over

February 26, 2013, 5 Comments

I am reminded that when God chooses a King, he looks for the heart. (1 Samuel 16) That is one of the reason where character training is so important. When a child goes into a store and is hungry, aptitude tells him he needs to get a snack bar or a sandwich, attitude will tell him he needs to pay for it. Why are so many high level executives caught in corruption and embezzlement? They are the ones who are taking home a 5-figure salary but somewhere, somehow there seems to be an opportunity to take home even more without…

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Christmas & Grateful kids

November 27, 2012, 4 Comments

I don’t know about you, but the world is literally screaming “Shopping!” come Christmas every year. Kids are going “Yeah… I’m going to get presents!” So much about the true meaning of Christmas. I have a confession. Actually one of the most coveted items I have on my list today is the Note II. With my Galaxy S,  I am already doing so much, I can only imagine how powerful Note II is. I could possibly make my life go so much faster with the convenience it brings. Instead, I think the hubs got me a laptop. He said it…


Tackling one challenge at a time

October 31, 2012, 2 Comments

KB’s sensitive nature sometimes gets the better of him, but when the storm dies down, and the storm is usually within him, he rationalises. The day KB was at his music class. He was picked to be the first to play a solo piece with several others in class playing after him. This was not uncommon, he is often picked to go first probably because of where he was seated. But that day, I came in to the class later and he did not sit in his usual seat. he suddenly felt overwhelmed. For whatever reason unknown to me. He…


Being a mum…

October 9, 2012, 1 Comment

An Interview with Sharon of Oak Tree Baby by by Rachel on September 21, 2012 I am Sharon, a stay home mum of two boys, aged 3.5 and 5.  We are a family who is passionate to see the next generation rise to become strong and we love to empower others to do the same.  My blog Oak Tree Baby was founded on the basis of growing strong kids and not just smart ones.  Our days are filled with simple pleasures of playground, nature play, and regular time spent together cuddling up with piles of story books or toy…

Can you afford a hug

July 12, 2012, 2 Comments

My younger son was crying out for justice. I met a friend two weeks ago. Big brother was playing with his keychain and it fell in between the seats. We were in the restaurant. Both boys wanted to retrieve it. I was in a hurry to leave, so I bent down, retrieved his keychain with a chopsticks and handed it over to Kor kor. Little brother was not pleased, he cried afoul! He wailed and wailed all the way to the cashier and he wailed harder because he said he kept saying he wanted to take the keychain for Kor…


Why Playing helps in Parenting

June 25, 2012, 1 Comment

The first time I saw this video was at Prune and Nurture. I like what the author of the blog said about play “So often we belittle a child’s playtime and think that it is a waste of time. Do you know that play is very important to a child’s development and even to our family well-being?” Specially as Asians parents, we almost always look for a reason to do something and play does feels like a waste of time because we can’t actually measure or quantify the benefits immediately. Our kids loved for us to stay home… to play! …


Yogurt or me?

May 4, 2012, 2 Comments

Earlier during lunch, my elder son told me he was full, with what seemed like less than a mouthful to go. I suddenly recalled there was yogurt in the refrigerator and turned around and told him, “I will let you have the yogurt if you finish the noodle.” Opps, the moment I uttered those words, I knew it. I bribed again. According to Wikipedia dictionary, Bribery, is an act of implying money or gift giving that alters the behaviour of the recipient and a reward is often money, offered as an incentive. So I decided to run a test between…


Emotional Intelligence – Can it be learnt?

April 24, 2012, 4 Comments

My eldest boy turned 5 this year. We decided to ask him how he would like it if we celebrated his birthday with those less privileged. He was really excited and talked about it for days before the event. As a family we believed that it is more blessed to give than to receive. It is good to look out for the interest of others and consider their needs in our interaction with them. The i-generation we lived in today is self-seeking, self-absorbed and largely self-centred. My husband made a comment once, when a Government turn housing into a form…


Stranger Anxiety

March 30, 2012, 0 Comments

Few things weighed heavily upon my heart recently. The cases of attempted kidnapping seems to be on the rise. News of each kidnapping cases spread like wild fire across all social media sites, but especially on sites where parents frequent. On the one hand there are the authorities who are asking the public to remain calm and on the other hand parents with young kids are going berserk over the threat of their children living in a not-safe-anymore country. To add fuel to fire is the press statement from authorities which appeared aloof and cold. It is hard to ignore…

Training our little baby

March 19, 2012, 0 Comments

We were on a TV program when my eldest son was 15 mths old.  From birth he was always rocked to sleep, but right after we learnt about the possibility of a child sleeping on his own, we trained him to do so. He was also able to play contentedly in his playpen for up to 30mins. Check out the first family being interviewed and see if you can pick up a tip or two!