Sunday, February 19, 2012

Be Kind to Your Child

Inspired by this post, 100 Ways to be Kind to your Child, I started thinking about my own ways of being kind to my children. 

1. Tell them you're sorry, and mean it.
2. Be affectionate to them, every chance you get.
3. Never mind that you will be late, spend an extra five minutes giving them a morning cuddle.
4. Surprise them by picking them up from school once in awhile. Try not to be late.
5. Give them flowers (I have girls!).
6. When they're on the potty, stoop down and look at them at eye level.
7. Let them skip school for a vacation with the family.
8. Be their prince (from DH).
9. Tell them about how much their parents love each other.
10. Listen to them like you understand every little mispronounced word they say.
11. Explain things to them like they would understand, even if they don't (yet).
12. Make up words to songs, replace words in songs, SING with them. Even if you're off key.

Tomorrow, I am printing the 100 list and posting it at my desk to remind me every day how important it is to be kind to my children.
photo by sweetonveg

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Precious to Me: Dance like there's no one watching

My daughter loves to dance. She has been making up dances on her own from the age of 2. She loves waltz music - and has her own choreography of how the blue danube should be danced to. She is always asking me or her father to dance with her. May she always have that spirit in her to enjoy music and the movement of her body. It may hold one key to happiness in life.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My daily grind

borrowed from my friend's fb page
Here's my typical weekday schedule as a Corporate Housewife Mom

Midnight: Chat with DH, tweet, read bb (work mail) while pumping (milk), midnight snack.
12:30am: Sleep.
3am: Baby S wakes up to feed 15mins on one side
3:15am: Pump on the other side, read tweets
5am: On good days, still snoring. Otherwise, toddler roused from sleep, wanting to be carried.
6:30am: Baby S wakes up to feed - transfers to big bed (for the last precious hour of sleep)
7:15am: Alarm. Check bb for the day's schedule. Get ready for work.
7:45am: Pump for S's first bottle feed of the day. Make sure enough milk for the day for S. Pack pump and other materials to bring to work.
8:00am: Toddler wakes up, wants to cuddle. Quiet time with the toddler.
8:30am: Running out the door, giving toddler and baby to yayas. Last minute instructions. Goodbye to DH. Kisses all around.
9am: Get into work.
Fun and games.
12:30pm: Pump. Lunch. Read.
More fun and games.
Between 3 and 4pm: 2nd pump of the day.
And more... it just keeps getting better.
Between 6 and 7pm: 3rd pump of the day.
Wrap up the day.
Between 7 and 7:30pm: Running out of the office, late again for dinner.
8pm: Home. Dinner. DH. Get ready for the night shift.
9pm: Family bonding time.
10pm: Some music, some milk, S's bedtime. 
10:30pm: A couple of books, several songs, a prayer, sometimes an argument, toddler K's bedtime. Between 10:30pm and 11:30pm: light sleep with K.
Before midnight: Catching up with DH...

.... and then it's midnight again. What is your schedule like?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Precious to me: Love me always

Just in time to usher in the love month, K surprised me with a little question the other night, as we were cuddling to sleep.

Me: I love my babies... who's my two little babies?
K: Me! K... and shobe [that's little sister in Fookien]
Me: You will always be my two babies...
K: Mama... you will love me... always?
Me: Of course, K, I will love you always.

May February be filled with love for you!