Archive for January, 2010


chocolate chip pancake

simple but totally different experience for my daughter this morning.  it goes with a glass of warm milk… she loved it! well, after getting her consent of course for my stress management in the morning…

ingredients:

  1. pancake mix
  2. chocolate chips
  3. butter

prepare the pancake mix as directed on the box. pour the batter on lightly greased frying pan with butter. then sprinkle few chocolate chips on top of the batter.  When edges are rather dry and bubbles are popping and bottoms are nicely browned, about 2 to 3 minutes, turn over and cook the other side until browned, about 2 minutes longer. serve warm…

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less stress

yesterday my daughter requested chicken cheese burger for breakfast. so… that’s what she gets this morning…

there was 1 morning i prepared breakfast that’s not according you my daughter’s menu. i planned the menu a day before without her consent. she was frustrated and decided not to have any. as a mother that worries of her energy level at school lost my temper at her… in the morning… really not a good way to start a day. but then, i hugged her and whispered sorry to her ear before she left for school.

 from there i learned to really listen and try your best to fulfill your kids request (according to your rules & regulations of course). so… when your kids are around you… please focus on them. nothing else matters… AND their opinion counts!

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 Disregarding Your Child’s Ideas (most mistake made by parents)

Children of all ages need to have some say in what happens to them. They also need to feel understood, especially by their parents.

When these two conditions exist, your children are much more likely to let you know what is happening in their lives, to coöperate with you and to take part in your family.

Now let us be clear. We are not advocating letting your children run your household. But we have observed that many parents are battling daily with their children over unimportant issues, such as clothing and hair styles. This causes unnecessary tension in your home and can be exhausting.

Children have good ideas and they have personal preferences. When they are allowed some choices and encouraged to contribute to family discussions about issues that affect them, they learn how to make good decisions, develop a positive self-image and become more responsible. Everybody wins.

Include Your Child at Every Opportunity:

1. Give your child choices whenever possible, in ways that are appropriate to her age and ability.

Even a very young child can choose between two outfits you selected. An older child can choose her clothing for school from the whole closet full. And yes, those wild hairstyles that teenagers like may seem odd to you – even ugly – but it is a harmless way for your child to claim her individuality. That is part of the process of becoming an adult.

2. Ask for your child’s ideas whenever possible – not just about superficial things, but also when making family decisions.

You will be surprised at how much wisdom she has – even at an early age. You will also notice that when you listen to her ideas, she will cooperate with you more and contribute more to your family.

3. Let go of your need to control him.

We don’t mean that you should allow your child to behave in inappropriate ways or have no limits. But the next time you are about to have a battle with him, you might ask yourself if this is an issue about his safety or well-being or a moral decision. If it is not, then ask yourself what harm could come from allowing him to try it his way.

When your child is allowed to make some of his own decisions, he is in the process of becoming a responsible adult. Isn’t that what you want for him?

4. Include her in problem-solving.

You will be amazed at how creative she can be. We all see things differently, and you may find that your child’s perspective was just the answer you were looking for.

5. Have regular family meetings.

If you are not already doing it, we encourage you to meet with your family on a regular basis, and invite everyone’s ideas about issues such as chores, family rules and where to go for a family outing. When families sit down together to talk about issues that affect all of them, everyone feels like part of the team.

thanks to feelgoodparenting.com

feedback

a best friend of mine was wondering whether we could cope of what i have published here… of what have i done for my daughter, especially we (working moms) are living in a hectic life. true… we are living in a hectic live. we wake up early in the morning and sort lots of things especially when our kids start schooling… work pressure… and in the evening continue with the house chores… check our kid’s homework… repeat the same process every weekdays…

well… personally, if we could plan our life ahead… we could do a lot. i planned my whole week activities during the weekends… i planned out 1 week menu for my family and make sure all are in order and in place. i do get few ideas from asia food channel and travel and living channel in preparing simple menus and preparing 2 menus at one shot.

then again… nobody’s prefect… but never give up in putting your life together and plan to make it perfect for YOU.

yummy omelette

this morning i woke up late… but luckily still enough time to make breakfast for my family… omelette sandwich…

Omelette Sandwich

Ingredients :

  1. 1 egg
  2. tomato, button mushroom and onion (diced)
  3. a pinch of salt and pepper
  4. 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  5. 2 slices of whole grain bread

heat a frying pan. put a small amount of butter to replace oil. mix ingredient 1-3 in a bowl an add a few drops of water (to make the egg fluffy). pour the mixture in the frying pan and let it cook slowly. put the cheese on 1 piece of bread. once the omelette is ready, place it on the cheese. pour some chilli sauce or ketchup and put another piece of bread on top. cut it diagonally… and wa laaa… you get omelette sandwich…

so… you have egg yolk for brain function ‘coz it has choline, tomato for antioxidant, whole grain bread for fiber and other nutrients for a healthy start! enjoy!

multiplication table (sifir)

today, my daughter was relieved that she knows the sifir 2 when her teacher asked her… baru tahun 2 dah kena tahu sifir 1-5… aduuuhhh…

i did my homework on how to help our children in remembering their sifir… here are some tips:

  1. teach them the sifir 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 11 first because it’s easier to explain how those sifir works.
  2. for the rest of the sifir, need to memorize.
  3. i wrote the sifir 2, 3, 4 & 5 in different sheet of drawing paper. use different kind of color for every line and paste on the bedroom wall according to my daughter’s eye level…

really hope this will help my daughter and your kids…