She was just over 18 months on her first ELC playtime session. And I could remembered how a gruelling session it was for myself on the first day. I felt like leaving! But after going through the many sessions, I started to understand toddlers, i.e. my girl and parenting more. I started to get more interested in learning how to develop and grow with my girl.
Both of us learn and love ELC playtime sessions so much. My girl has came to like ‘Aunty Fi’ a lot that she treats her like her ‘idol’. Her hugs for Aunty Fi were never ending (sometimes Aunty Fi asked me to stop her). I could easily ready her when I tell her we are going to see Aunty Fi. In fact, this morning I told her there was a present that we will pass to Aunty Fi. While she was playing with her favourite toy during the beginning of the session, once she saw Aunty Fi, she actually remembered, went over to our bag, took the present and passed the present to Aunty Fi (though I did not ask her to do it now, as intention was to give it at the end).
So, today is the last playtime session (it was management decision to stop the playtime session due to its poor business). The session went up close to 2 hours. It ended with group photos and hugs.
Thanks ELC for all the great time we have in the past 10 months. We will surely come back for some toys, at least for her favourite toy – egg!
Char kuay teow and mee for dinner
Girl had stir fry ramen
Not able to finish today…
Our (as in my girl & I) little project together!
225g self raising flour
Pinch of seasalt
50g unsalted butter
25g molasses sugar
120ml pura low fat milk
50g shredded coon extra tasty cheese
Mix, knead and mold. Bake under 200 degree celcius for 12-15 minutes.
The hard working baker.. Lol!
Ingredients: Cooked mixed grains rice, yellow zucchini, fennel and chicken drummet marinated in sesame oil, black pepper and honey
Steam: 10 to 15 minutes
*I actually marinated half a chicken to roast for dinner tonight. Marinate followed Vanessa Lau ‘s roast chicken yesterday, just that I didn’t put salt.
Ingredients used: Cooked Calrose rice, yellow zucchini, button mushroom, fennel and coon extra tasty cheese
Steamed for 5 minutes and left in the steamer until it cools down.
1. Made shark fin MELON chicken soup (I used half chicken, one small shark fin MELON, two carrots, some red dates and some wolfberries) – girl and I will have this soup with noodles for dinner, adding some pok choy
2. Cooked an additional – soy mirin sauce pork for hubby (pork, mirin sauce, black pepper, soy sauce, garlic, rice bran oil) – he will take this pork and soup with pok choy plus rice
Packed lunch for 28m26d: Vegetables baked cheese rice
Ingredients: Cooked Calrose rice, button mushroom, fennel, yellow zucchini and Coon Extra tasty cheese
Baked under 200 degree celcius for 20 minutes (I used wax paper to bake)
Simple udon in miso soup for 28m26d dinner
Ingredients: Instant fresh udon, button mushroom, yellow zucchini, leftover soup, miso paste
We bought fried mihun from pasar malam for ourselves.
Stir fry ramen for 28m25d lunch
Ingredients: olive oil, garlic, button mushroom, fennel, yellow zucchini, carrot, leftover soup, instant fresh ramen
Easy to prep, healthy and smell-free kitchen; most importantly, hassle free self feeding!
Easy dinner for the little one: Sushi
Ingredients: Fennel, cucumber, yellow zucchini and carrot (steamed for 3 minutes), Calrose rice, toasted white sesame seeds, sushi seasoning, unsalted seaweed
I am not sure about others, but I do find myself constantly “fighting” for my rights as parents. From breastfeeding to feeding my girl healthily, now “schooling” – just like formula feeding, I am NOT against schooling BUT not at this moment. My girl is just slightly below 29 months now and there have been constant questioning on when we are sending her to school. As for now, hubby and I agreed that we will not be sending her as such early stage, not at least until her year 5.
Yes, I could have more “me” time if I send her off to school or I could be back to the workforce by sending her to full time day care. But, this is not our objective. At this age, let’s ponder of the reasons “we” want to send her to school. Like mentioned by a friend, what do you want her to learn at this age? It is not about dancing, singing and recognizing numbers/alphabets. It is about life skills (like self feeding, doing some basic house chores and etc – which my little girl is already practicing)! We teach them what they would not learn in school now and in later stage in life. Plus, each kid has different learning needs – for example, my girl likes puzzle, but does the playschool teaches that? In fact, if you have a stay at home mum who is dedicated to doing all these, will you need to send them off to school at a tender age? Yes, I am not as qualified as a “real” teacher, but I do educate myself and get updated on what’s going on – in order to adapt to my girl’s needs.
Socialising and independence have been always the argument too. At this tender age, not all toddlers are acceptance to separation from their carer/parents – and I believe that they shouldn’t have to if they can’t go with this separation. They still need time to be independent. I wouldn’t send off my girl if she isn’t ready for it – just like when I wasn’t ready to get to school and cry through my years into primary school years. Personally, I hate this feeling of separation anxiety – and it usually happens if toddlers are sent off TOO early. About socialization, it has been discussed before. <here>
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“Kids have different strengths and talents. What you as a parent need to do is focus on your own child’s interests, boost their confidence and show them the way. Concentrate on what makes them happy and let them know how special they are.”
I don’t really bother what you do to/for your kids (or your other grandchild), so don’t bother me too. And she is my daughter, not yours!
Funny and ugly shaped tongue emoticon I made dough for Yau char kwai ( https://17chipmunks.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/homemade-yau-char-kwai/) for yesterday’s mixed beans tong sui but didn’t make the Yau char kwai at the end. I placed the dough in fridge. And today I thought of trying to put curry potatoes into it. Lol! It turns up fluffy dough after frying it, not crispy kind of karipap.
For the curry potatoes,
I steamed the cubed potatoes before cooking with:
Rice bran oil
Little girl eating her second piece!
Simple two dishes for dinner:
1. Stir fry chicken breast with sweet peas, bok choy and tomato
2. Arrow root, carrot and red radish chicken soup