Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sweet Remy

Our fluffy Remy is always calm and composed. His beady black eyes show his kind and gentle heart (I think )
Whenever it's supper time he would know. At the slightest sign of us approaching, he'd get into his food bin and just waits there for us to pour it in.
Plus he would regard me with his eyes sweetly as he tucks in. You can see it in this video.

We had five hamsters before him, so we know Remy is really special.
He is not jumpy or overly cautious.
He doesn't hoard his food somewhere in a corner. He keeps all the empty sunflower seeds, etc, in the bin for me to throw out the next day. It's extremely easy to keep his cage (Habitrail Ovo Suite) clean. I think he's one year old this month.

Sweet, sweet Remy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happiness is ...

Happiness is a plate of ayam penyet with rice on the side.
I'm thankful that here in Singapore I can still occasionally enjoy this crispy fried chicken dish complete with sambal belacan.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Enter His World

At almost 9 years old, my son finally bought his first gameboy. It's a Nintendo DS Lite.
All his young life I have always been his partner in playing computer games. My husband and I like to play nice computer games as much as him. Before we give to him, we always check out the ESRB rating and read the reviews about the game.
So when he started playing DS last month, he also shares with me every detail and advancement he made. I didn't have any idea what he was talking about because some of the cartridges we couldn't share.

Finally we decided to buy another DS for me. Both of us enjoyed it so much that my husband also started to feel left out. In the end, he got one for himself, too. :D

You see, there is a feature where we can all play together wirelessly in one game, like playing chase or capture the flag. So it's really fun. We can even connect via WiFi.

I attended a parenting seminar at church by Wilson Phang last Saturday and the speaker said that for children below 9, we need to establish authority with discipline. A rod is needed.

But for 9-12 years old and teenagers, we have to maintain a close relationship with them. If we think preteens (before 9) needs a lot of our time, teenagers need a lot more. We need to enter their world and be their friend.

So I guess this is one of those things that needs to be done. Playing DS together, talking about it and having a great time together from time to time. By understanding his world, I can use it at our bible study time together to illustrate an application.

What parents had to go through for their children ;). No harm having a great time doing it, too.
So that's the story. No prizes for guessing which color belongs to whom. Let me just tell you that my son's got the silver one.

Monday, April 7, 2008

To Feed A Boy

Most children are fussy to some degree about their food.
Most parents are anxious about what their kids eat or don't eat.
I am one of those parents. Though I have to say, not so severe. ;P

I learned to pick my battles wisely.
For instance, my son this month discovered that he sort of likes yellow cherry tomatoes. So I decided to give him more of those, and less of the ones he doesn't like. This way I am happy, and he is happier.
After all a happy heart makes a hearty appetite.
Or something like that.

And our Lord Jesus did say that little children (and adults!) live not by food alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3). So I guess if I must choose, I would prioritize fussing over his Bible-reading habit more.

We all try. In His grace.

Happy feeding your kids today!