Monday, 25 August 2014

"Hurry up" is situational

Like any other days, we would stroll home after getting Jazz from school. There's always a two way traffic road that we have to cross to get home. At the pavement, I would grab those little hands, struggle to balance an umbrella in midst and look out for the safest moment to get across. Traffic lights are planted as two very far ends of the street, which I decided they're more for vehicles than pedestrians. I wasn't jaywalking. 

One of the days, while I firmly held those hands to get across. Jazz crossed over at her very snail pace, eyes engrossed on some stuff she got from school and fiddling it with the other free hand. We were dragged slow by her eventually. I got worried and said, "Come on, Jazz, we are crossing the road, don't take your own sweet time."

When we got onto the safe zone, she got upset and went, "Why can't I take my own sweet time? When can I take my own sweet time? Why do I always have to rush?" Woah, Darling daughter, that's alot of questions and in one breath.

I know about limiting our hurries. And being home bounded most times, our schedule is rather flexible, I tried not to hurry the kids. If I need a rush, we'll talk about the actions to focus on and consequences of being late. I'll go for alternatives like, "Time is running out on us" "Bring your breakfast into the car" "Class is starting" "We shouldn't let our friends wait too long" or "If you take too long, Daddy will be late for work too." We have situations to look out for, and if we didn't talk about time at this tender age, taking their own sweet time will probably become a dominant habit. Realised how lateness is a grown habit? The world doesn't wait on us. There's a time and place for everything.

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There's no pause in time
Time waits no men and lesson starts promptly in school. It's true you can't have your breakfast all day long, you can't take forever to put on your clothes and shoes or not pack your bag till the last minute. I need to remind you that time is ticking away, till the day you manage time well. 

On my response to Jazz question that day,  I gazed at her and said, "I gave you plenty of time to play when we were home or out, but there's always a time to end everything. We were crossing the road, we can't take too long to get across. Cars zoom fast and we need to think of our safety. We need to hurry across." 

I evaluated. As much as I would love the kids to lullaby through childhood, we need to set priorities right. It's almost impossible not to rush our child, and realistically, I know there are such days.  When we have more time, sure! Go ahead and play with that mimosa you always stop by to touch, while I patiently waited till you're ready to go. Go ahead and chase that pigeon, while I watched and captured your joy. Go ahead and negotiate for more time, if we are not in a rush. We need to get the value of time right, as young as possible, when reasoning begins.

Rushing the kids too often can strike me with guilt. I've learnt  that it should not be a habit instilled in me, but executed appropriately on situations. I've learnt to allocate more time for my little slow people on certain activities. A matter of fact in our rat race society, rushing is not a total ignorance for our little citizens too.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Bubble Magic [Giveaway]

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Photo credit: Lunchbox Theatrical Production

Js are ever mesmerised and creative with bubbles! Though bubbles are short lived, their journey can be beautifully exciting. Have you heard of the upcoming Bubble Magic show? We are excited that it is coming to town, and performing for the first time in Singapore at the Raffles Hotel, from 10th to 14th September 2014. Definitely one that Js are looking forward to. Me too! 

Designed to stimulate the imagination, the show manipulates the daily elements of reality: the use of water, soap, tubes, circles and smoke machines. This brand new show is the fruit of years of experimentation using the language of soap bubbles. It's sure some heavy training behind the scene, for this spectacular show.

Bubble Magic is a show from the producers at Lunchbox Theatrical Productions who have brought to Singapore some of the best shows around the world. Direct from a Europe-wide tour, the joyful two-man show combines the fleeting beauty of bubbles with clowning, ingenious lighting, colourful music and crazy costumes. The two turn everyday elements into a magical, wonder-filled world. Simply sophisticated, I would say.

The show has been created and directed by the master of bubbles, Pep Bou. The Spanish-born artiste has been playing with bubbles for more than three decades, an adventure that has taken him onto the stages of theatres and festivals around the world, delighting audiences of all ages and cultures. He has been honoured with an array of prestigious awards.

I'm very much looking forward for this great treat. I do hope it will be an awesome show. If this stirred you up a little, get into the act of getting your tickets from sistic today! And of course, you shouldn't leave Mum's Calling without joining our giveaway! The kind people from Lunchbox are giving a pair of Bubble magic tickets to one lucky reader of Mum's Calling. Giveaway tickets will be for the following date: 10 Sep 2014 (Wednesday), 1pm  3.30pm (change of time by sponsor). Simply follow the simple steps in rafflescopter widget below.

Event Date
10 sep (wed) to 14 sep (sun) 2014
Wed: 1pm and 3.30pm
Thu to Sun: 11am and 1.30pm
Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)
Standard: S$85, S$70 (Children below 2 admits for free)

Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Jazz is in love?!!

Jazz could be love-struck (think Boy/Girl Relationship), but all clueless when I asked her to define love. I've recently started her on a 4 hour kinddy, which gives her good exposure to some learning out of home, as well as some social interactions with her classmates. It's always engaging when she shares about her activities in school, as well as her friends. I'm glad that she's enjoying school and her companions.

Last night, when I was routinely going through her school's backpack, I found a love note! Not one from her friend, but one she sealed for her friend. A boy. Is she having a crush on someone?!! I vaguely remembered she asked for an envelop, which she would like to gift something to her friend. Nice gesture I thought. After all, we did letters to their Grandparents when we were in the states. Nothing unusual. Not till I see this!

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Love letter

If you just hopped onto my blog, welcome! My girl is still adorably at Five. I had two choices to make last night, ignore the letter, after all, I knew it was nothing to be alarmed about. Or we could discuss about love. I decided on the latter. I meant, what would the receiver's parents think about this love note? Cute I know.

We did a brief chat over breakfast this morning, when she is usually more chirpy before school. I asked her, "What is love?" She was amused, "I don't know." She must have thought, what was Mama trying to ask, out of the blue. I didn't want to give much stress on this topic too, which might trigger her to wonder why there's so much hype about it, when she thinks it's a nice gesture. I knew that love note was harmless. Not that they will go on movie or dinner dates, but maybe, not a good choice of words written... not yet. I offered alternative words like, "Thanks for being my friend" or "You've been a great friend."

I know little ones like to model after the grown ups' behaviour, I see myself in her when she mimics my act of applying mascara or slip in the heels I walk on. "Not time yet, darling." And when I get my dose of TV dramas, as strict as I can, none of the kids get to share that same screen as me (No wild kissy scenes for those little eyes). And before thoughts get wild, it's decent romance drama I'm watching. It's not forever that I can do this, but it just doesn't seem appropriate yet. 

Then I told her about my love story. I fell in love at 18, and being sure Daddy was the man who will give me life like a bed of roses, we got married at 24. Ah ah, princesses in Disney too, they fell in love at a grown up age, and were pretty sure who the good man was. That's when we can use, "I love you" out of the family molecule, to an individual being. I hope she comprehended.

"If we love our friends, we walk the talk, do the good acts to show we appreciate friendships. Maybe you can help your friend get his water bottle during snack time, or maybe comfort a friend who's upset. Don't you think it speaks more than saying, I love you?" I said. She knew where I was coming from, and threw in more examples of good acts.

Breakfast wasn't too long, but it got my mind across and she's probably still digesting those chunks of words. Oh well, I don't mean to get into the heavy duty stuff, but gauging from the way she spreads love, and for the benefit of not sending chills down her classmates parents' spine, we should talk about love.

Affirmly, "I love you, Jazz"

PS: The letter was gone when I got her from school! Argh!!!

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

New Disney Animation series - The 7D

Hey peeps, hold your breath for a brand new Disney channel original animation series "The 7D!" Premiering on 07 September (Sunday), 11am on Disney channel (Starhub Ch 312/ SingTel mio TV Ch234). This brand new series takes place in the whimsical world of Jollywood, where Queen Delightful relies on the 7D - Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc (Think snow white and the 7 dwarfs) - to keep the kingdom in order. Standing in their way are two laughably evil villains, Grim and Hildy Gloom, who plot to take overtake kingdom by stealing the magical jewels in the 7D's mine.

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Photo credit: Disney

With seven very distinct personalities, the 7D always manage to save the day and send Grim and Hildy running back to their evil lair.

We were at its preview, and Js had all eyes fixed on the screen. Thanks for having us, Disney!

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Preview at Eat Play Love cafe
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Always a blast with Disney

Already sound like an interesting watch eh? Stay tune! Here's where you can get on for more information about Disney channels: Disney Channel Singapore

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Ladling fun with soup

Over communal meals, Js would pick their portions from the dishes to their bowls. During this process, there would always be dripping gravy and soup along the route to their bowls. I decided, we must practice!

The little chefs got to work with whatever ingredients found in their pantry. They stirred up a pot of hot cold soup.

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Like preparing stone soup
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They cooked their soup

When the soup was ready, they used a ladle to scoop the ingredients into their bowl without creating mess. No drips and no fallen food. We then increase the distance for different challenges.

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No dripping, please

Ah ha... they did it! I hope this little exercise gets them into eating a little more neatly over meals.