Fan Question - Sex Education

~ Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM ~

I received this question from a fan asking to post this anonymously. Do note that parenting is a life long journey, we learn on the job and nobody is perfect. Don't assume, bash or judge unless you are in the same shoes. Please refrain from bashing anyone and just share your thoughts and experiences, provide your positive and/or encouraging support, else, move along to the next post.

Fan Question

Hi! I would like to ask this question anonymously. Yesterday night, my girl (6 yrs old) flipped the encyclopedia and came to this page...

Sex Education

...and was about to ask me questions when I quickly told her, "Oh, now is time to sleep, faster keep the book..."

We have yet to return back to this topic.  

How do you approach the topic of sexual intercourse with your child, especially this young? Please share your approach and tips.

 

**** Disclaimer: I am NOT responsible for any comments/suggestions shared by others and may not have time to moderate all the comments, please trust your instincts and rely on common sense, research as much as you can on the suggestions you've been given before implementing it. I will add the helpful responses received from the FB post thread into this post for future references.

Angpow Story - Ice Cream

~ Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 5:11 AM ~

I have been sharing some of my favorite angpow pieces on an angpow collectors group in Facebook and some members have been telling me to continue sharing my memorable stories and so I thought, why not write it down, that way, our kiddos can read about it when they grow up next time, eh?

For those of you who are not familiar or never heard of the words 'Angpow' (also known as 'ang pau', 'ang pao', 'angpau'), here is a quick definition:

Angpow = Red Packet (filled with cash inside) given during festivals

So for today's angpow story, it comes from this piece of lovely angpow:


Today's storytime is about ice cream! Seeing this angpow makes me happy!

Malaysians especially, who remembers the many classical types of ice cream back during our childhood days? I got the pictures below from Google search, these were some of my childhood favorites!

Ice cream lollies in the plastic tube which costs 20 cents? It's just colored syrup poured into the tubes and freeze.

Some came with asam boi inside. Yums!

Then we have the ice cream potong (cube shaped ice creams). Red beans, corns, durian flavors.

Who remembers waiting for the ice cream man? Hearing the comforting horn or bell sound as the ice cream seller sits on his motorbike scouring the neighborhood area and stopping to sell ice cream to kids and parents alike?

Who remembers the magical feeling of peeping into the metal box on the motorbike, trying to see what ice creams are sold?

Those were the good ol' memorable days!!

 

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Teaching & Learning Moment - Number 2

~ Posted on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 5:05 AM ~

I have previously written on teaching our 4 year old girl to write number 2. My methods in explaining to her how we should write number 2 was by explaining to her as we draw the number 2:

'Climb up a bit, oh no, we're falling! Go inside! Phewww... okay come outside!'

Teaching & Learning Moment

2 weeks from that day, I casually told our girl to write number 2 on the whiteboard and it was not like number 2 at all. Despite going through the 'Climb up a bit, oh no, we're falling! Go inside! Phewww... okay come outside!' method, her number 2 is just crooked to one side. No matter how I straightened her right hand as she writes her number 2 it just turns out wrongly.

I was running out of idea and she was getting frustrated and started whining that her writing is not perfect and this idea came to my mind. I tore out a small strip of used paper, took my red marker pen and drew a half heart shape on the paper.

Then I placed the strip of paper on the whiteboard and told our 4 year girl to draw the reflection image of the heart.... so that she can help mummy complete the heart shape. She likes the idea after seeing my sample heart shape and tried it herself.

Lots and lots of practise, gentle coaxing, reassurances and praises later, she got it! Some of her number 2s are still not as perfect as you would expect a number 2 to look like but hey, she's just 4 years old! It's beautiful to me and we are both thrilled at our results! Sometimes you just gotta tweak and be more creative if the current method doesn't work.

I shared some pictures above in an FB group I joined recently and one mum shared with me that there's some really old number rhymes she used to learn and upon googling around, I found it! Turns out I'm not the wonky one to come up with the half heart thingy to write number 2! Here it goes in case you are interested:

0 - Around to my left to find my hero, back to the top, I've made a zero

 1 - A downward stroke, My that's fun. Now I've made the number one.

2 - Half a heart says, "I love you." A line. Now I've made the number two.

3 - Around the tree, Around the tree, Now I've made the number three

4 - Down and across and down once more. Now I've made the number four

5 - The hat. The back. The belly. It's a five. Watch out, it might come alive

6 - Bend down low to pick up sticks. Now I've made the number six

7 - Across the sky and down from heaven. Now I've made the number seven

8 - Make an "S" and close the gate. Now I've made the number eight

 9 - Make an oval and a line. Now I've made the number nine

10 - One egg laid by a hen. Now I've made the number ten

 

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