Parenting Motivations #4 – Sibling Solidarity

One thing that warms the heart of any parent is the opportunity to watch their children happily playing with each other. For me, it’s a combination of joy as well as relief. Of late, the latter mostly, because that means I can finally take a break! Sigh…caring for C is a constant roller-coaster, one I’ve … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #4 – Sibling Solidarity

The truth about ugly parenting – Alternation

I’m not a good parent. In fact, I often display downright ugly parenting! Why? Because I’m prone to violence, even if nine out of ten times I never follow through with what I’m tempted to do. And as for that tenth time that I do follow through? Let’s just say that after my son gets … Continue reading The truth about ugly parenting – Alternation

Parenting Motivations #3 – Demolishing the “teen wall”!

This past week, I hit a wall. I’m calling it the “teen wall”! You see, I can no longer deny it. I do indeed have a teenager living under my roof now. And to top it all off, it’s of the male persuasion too! A double whammy for me. I still remember a time when … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #3 – Demolishing the “teen wall”!

Parenting Motivations #2 – Never “take your eyes off the prize”

When my wife and I first made C’s glasses 26 months ago, the lenses were at 200 degrees (each!). No doubt high for an eight-year-old. But since we ourselves were bespectacled (his brother too), it wasn’t surprising. Disappointing yes, but not surprising. Sadly, four days ago, we were dealt another blow when we visited the … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #2 – Never “take your eyes off the prize”

Parenting Motivations #1 – Watching kids blossom through public speaking

Of late I’ve been thinking about public speaking and what motivates me as a parent. In particular, I’ve been pondering this past week whether my motivation to teach students public speaking, and my motivation to parent, are one and the same. And I’m inclined to say “Yes”! Well, actually the art of public speaking is … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #1 – Watching kids blossom through public speaking

On Children’s Day: Another stay home dad’s musings

I’m so pleased today to introduce a fellow stay home dad and his musings on Children’s Day 2021 (celebrated today in my country). This is also my blog’s very first guest post on parenting! Woo-hoo!! (For more in my blog on parenting, click here) Cliff Tam’s a friend I got to know in June this … Continue reading On Children’s Day: Another stay home dad’s musings

“Tomorrow I’ll miss you” — my son’s last Children’s Day

The shrill delight in my youngest son’s loud declaration reverberated across our home yesterday morning. C was emphatically reminding us that it was Children’s Day in my land. Yet for some nebulous cosmic reason, what actually came to my mind when I heard him was a voice from another land instead. Or should I say, … Continue reading “Tomorrow I’ll miss you” — my son’s last Children’s Day

Sports: How I came to play my least favourite game!

For the longest time, sports was never my thing; I would much rather sit down with a good book. Even now when I regularly swim, jog or brisk walk, I would still never call myself a sports enthusiast. I do those merely to stay in as pink a health as I can. For, unlike other … Continue reading Sports: How I came to play my least favourite game!

Clinging to childhood with legos and lightsabers!

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away….“ These now-immortal words really need no introduction. Certainly for my first-born J, Star Wars: A New Hope, began for him an adventure and a love that’s stayed for more than half his lifetime now (he turned 12 last month). Yes, he definitely has me to … Continue reading Clinging to childhood with legos and lightsabers!