Yesterday I was sharing with a couple of friends how parenting is analogous to navigating open waters. For currents and weather are often unpredictable, even to the most seasoned of fishermen. The same goes for parenting. Babies don't stay babies. Neither do toddlers and prepubescent boys. They grow. They change. In ways not always predictable. … Continue reading Father-son bonding #3 — Investing emotionally in children pays the “best dividends”
Parenting motivations #15 — how can my sons mature faster?
Looking back, one of my regrets in life is that I didn't mature faster. If I did, perhaps I could have gotten more done before I turned 50 two years ago. So what brought on this sudden sob story you ask? For one, a lifetime of wondering what if I could have turned back the … Continue reading Parenting motivations #15 — how can my sons mature faster?
Parenting Motivations #14 — Am I still a stay-at-home dad? (Part 2)
It's official. Since my last post on this, I've decided: I shall not call myself a "stay-at-home dad" anymore! In fact, technically speaking, I probably couldn't from the very start when I stepped away from a full-time career in 2018. While I had several weeks and months without any work or income thereafter, I did … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #14 — Am I still a stay-at-home dad? (Part 2)
How “The Voice” stirs music and musings within me
TV's most happening music contest The Voice is back this month for its 22nd season. For me, the catchy ditty that ushers each episode says it all: "This Is The Voice!" The best part is I now get to watch it on the Star Channel via my Disney+ subscription. Before, I had to make do … Continue reading How “The Voice” stirs music and musings within me
Parenting Motivations #13 — Of handphones and trust
It was bound to happen I suppose. Just when I thought everything was cool and we have the best kid in the world, he goes and breaks the family rule on handphones. Despite having signed a contract for it too. And in so doing, break a trust. Talk about a reality check! For wilful defiance … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #13 — Of handphones and trust
Guest post – A fellow dad’s appeal to protect SG
Hey, welcome back to my occasional guest post series! Now some of you might remember my good friend and fellow dad Stephen from a moving post he contributed to my blog last December. Today I'm pleased to have him back! This time though, the topic is extremely controversial. So if you're not in the frame … Continue reading Guest post – A fellow dad’s appeal to protect SG
My Monday Metrical Musings #97
Hard to fathom C seems unable to fathomWhy we look at him exhaustedScarred, beatenLonging for extractionSeparationInner sanctumSet free like a billowed leafYet buffeted uncontrolledFlurried and flusteredHarried and hustled That's the lifeWe did not chooseYet it's one we've weatheredMany trials through and through. It's not contrivedThis life of strifeI'm not making it upIn case you're rolling … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #97
Parents, don’t succumb to a binary world of simplistic-thinking
Slightly more than a month ago, I wrote what I called a 'truth' letter to my sons. It's a letter I hope they will read one day when they're old enough to understand. And one I hope contains truths they too will embrace as their own some day. For like it or not, this isn't … Continue reading Parents, don’t succumb to a binary world of simplistic-thinking
In the blink of an eye, I’m 400!
No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. And no, my blog title doesn't contain a typo. I really am 400 today! Or rather, this is now officially my 400th blog post! By sheer dogged perseverance, I've pushed myself hard to relentlessly churn one post after another since April 2019. My pace doubled in 2020 … Continue reading In the blink of an eye, I’m 400!
What I learned from parenting workshops #7 — Motivations
Unbelievable right? As previously mentioned, this is now my seventh installment in this series (I dare not call it a mini-series anymore!). While I apologise this still isn't the last one, I do hope to wrap it up soon (fingers crossed!). Thanks for staying with me this far. So. To recap. This series is my … Continue reading What I learned from parenting workshops #7 — Motivations