15 January, 2011
then why don’t I feel like I’m the best mother in the World?
A recent article Why Chinese Mothers are Superior in the Wall Street Journal has caused a lot of controversy and raised a lot of emotion amongst it readers and it’s certainly worth a read. Being an immigrant (Malaysian Chinese) to a Western culture (we now live in the UK), this article has certainly struck a chord for many reasons….not least because I too am, to a certain extent, trying to instill my child with ‘Asian values’ while being surrounded by Western Culture (I wrote about this when Georgia was little more than 1 here);
The idea that watching too much television is bad for children has been around for decades and if you have children you would probably have read about one of the many studies expounding the evils of children watching television. That said, it is an amazing baby sitter and the ability to keep a child quiet for a significant amount of time simply by turning on the television is without a doubt one of it’s many appeals.
Have you ever wondered though what it might be like to ‘unplug’, to live without ‘live’ television at home?
Today, for the first time since starting school in September 2010, Georgia actually walked in to her classroom without clinging on to me or whining! What a breakthrough!
The Secret: Her very own Star Book…read more about it here.
But for now, Well done Georgia!!!
Maths with Mrs Wall.
Mrs Wall is the Maths Co-ordinator for Georgia’s school.
On our way home from school, after a long first week back to school, we were making plans for our weekend when we met Mrs Wall leaving school.
“Oh, has Georgia told you, we had extra lessons today?” she said.
“No…” this had certainly piqued my interest.
“Oh, she’ll tell you more about it, I’m sure,” Mrs Wall added walking off.
Thankfully, she did turn around and say, “Georgia came to my Maths sessions and we did some Maths together”.
It turns out, Georgia is one of two children, in her class to be sent to Mrs Wall to ‘do Maths’. The other children are apparently from the year above. And when asked what she actually did in those sessions? Played games!
Sounds like fun…Way to go G!
What an acheivement!
On the evening of the second day of this year (2011), we were travelling back along the M4 from Cardiff heading East when we saw the traffic alerts signs displaying “Animals in Road”. Now this is quite interesting because in all our years of travelling along the M4, we have never come across a message like this…
Georgia recently asked me this and I had to hesitate for a minute to contemplate. It was not that I did not want to disappoint her by telling her that Santa Claus did not exist, it was what I should tell her after I told her the TRUTH that Santa Claus is just a dressed up man.
Before you report me to Social Services for depriving my daughter a wondrous magical childhood, let me explain….
I would like to imagine that I will be able to sleep till 8 every morning…somehow I doubt it!
Have a good break everyone!
An on-going obsession in our household is with babies, so Georgia pretends to feed, change, dress and basically anything you do with babies, she does with her Dorothy (a.k.a Thumper). So although it was not surprising this conversation took place, it was still nonetheless very sweet.
Georgia looks at me very intently and then says:
G: Mummy, when you were a baby, and you grew up, did you just decide to have a baby?
G: Well, I’m going to have a baby too!
Me: That will be nice….
G: Carys’s mummy works in the playgroup. What does she do?
Me: She manages the playgroup and looks after the children.
G: What about you? What is your job mummy?
Me: Hmmm….what do you think my job is?
G:To look after me!