Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bath Tub Magic

One of the scenario which easily raises the blood levels for mothers (with no saintly patience) like me - is not having the kids obey me on the spot.

We understand that they have their own mind and feelings - that it is impossible for them and unfair for us to expect them to stop whatever they are doing just because we told them to do something else.

So what do we do when we are faced with the same situations everyday where you have to repeatedly - for instance - call and remind them to come in from their early evening walkabouts to take a shower, at the risk of burning the food?

Find a reason for them to stop what they are doing by their own will!

For my kids, it's simply telling them that it's "BATH TUB TIME!".

And as if by magic, they will drop whatever it is they are holding, even leave their cousin brother in a lurch as they raced in door to ask "Whose turn is it to go first mum?!!"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

When The Lumut Baby Is Home In Sabah

When I got the kids ready for our trip back to Kota Kinabalu last week, even Baby De was visibly excited.
It was as if she knew that she will be taking her first plane ride. And I was glad that she enjoyed her plane ride without much fuss - in fact, I thought she behaved like she was quite the pro at flying!
But if flying excites her, arriving at my parents' home was a different story.
For 2 straight days, the whole neighbourhood knew that we are home from the sound of her constant crying. She cried at everyone - and woe betide the ears of whoever dared enough to carry her.
Fortunately, on the third day, she began to warm to nearly everyone and had begun to smile and grin at most everyone. Well, she had better be - before she is left with her sisters and gran for a few days soon!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Kids Prayers

Whenever my kids and I prayed, I always ask them to say a short prayers in their own words. I taught them that praying is when they speak to God and that if they prayed sincerely, God will always listen.

Once after I gave them the usual reminder that God is listening to their prayers, Eu had the bright idea to focus on this :
"God, even though you are up there in heavan and we are down here on earth, we can still hear you..."
Not to be outdone, Qi prayed in her own version :
"God, I know you are up in the sky and we are down on the ground, but we can hear you. So talk to us."
Just as it was to me, I am sure that listening to kids' prayers is one of the most enjoyable job that God has to do.

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