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Mummy, who do you love more?

May 10, 2014, 0 Comments

Some months ago, the sons were comparing who I love most between them. It seemed apparent that the one I showed most affection was the one I loved most, and one of them would say to me “You don’t love me, mummy!” And I will, and has always said, “Of course I do, I just express it differently. Your brother is affectionate, and he likes hugs, so mummy give him hugs.” “I also like hugs.” The son will reply. And I gave him one of mine. This son does not initiate hugs like his brother does. But all children wants…

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Run run run

May 20, 2013, 0 Comments

Yesterday was such a milestone for the boys. It was the first time they worked hard at something and got a medal! We were so thankful to be invited to participate in this fun and healthy family event at Cold Storage Kids Run 2013. To be honest, I don’t even run. The furthest distance I did was 2.4km in my secondary school days and although I secured gold for physical fitness for four years then, I am still quite convinced I have fins. The boys jogs once a week with the hubs, and then twice a week the hubs jogs…

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Whatever you do, keep your feet on the ground

May 14, 2013, 1 Comment

 Looking at the boys, I can’t help but to re-live my childhood. Parenting forces us to look at the other side of the mirror. Like a walk back into our own history, like it or not. We can choose to take a chance to make a wrong right, or ignore it and walk away. In this journey, we too discover healing for our own hearts. It is often mysterious. Of emotional management, we started to talk about appropriating expressions. We have a plush wine coloured chair set out in the living room. A CD player at one corner and a…

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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…

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Siblings Unity

November 14, 2012, 0 Comments

The day the boys were BOTH into cars, trains, bus and all sorts of vehicles was the day they start fighting. As they say, siblings who fight often, also ends up being closer to one another.   I don’t know how true is that, but I hope that their fight wasn’t malicious. I certainly do not think negative feelings that were generated throughout the years can produce a harvest of love! I suppose the one of the distinctions between first borns, onlies and latter borns are that first borns and onlines came into the world thinking the world belongs to them…

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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…

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Being a mum…

October 9, 2012, 1 Comment

An Interview with Sharon of Oak Tree Baby by myplayschool.net 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…

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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! …