Monday, 28 August 2017

Parenting Made Simple, Is There Any?

August 28, 2017 0 Comments
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I was a little bit late to post this article. This should be published by this morning or afternoon, but here I am, still doing it up to this night.

I didn't mean to be late. It happened just because it should be. God's plan, I guess.
You might have known that I blog mostly with my cell phone. I enjoy this 3,5 inches flat thing. I have done this for 4 years with the same phone. I write, take and store pictures and do social media with it. In short, my virtual world is this small handy gadget.
I have written a draft for today's article using Memo, an app that's originally installed in this android phone. I looove this phone so much and so does my eldest son. Yesterday morning he cleaned the phone from anything that could be trashes. My son didn't know that by doing that he erased all files and apps.

I was shocked to realize that the browser and WhatsApp had disappeared. I was like, "What???" and I got more shocked when I accessed the Memo app and found nothing there. Oh My God...!

This is not the first time my son did something shocking. He and his brother have done many experiments with my cell phone and other things which led to 'miserable' endings. *sigh*

It's hard to be parents.

I was once such a perfectionist mom at the beginning of my motherhood journey. I was. I read books about parenting, made meal plan, and so on. I never thought raising boys are harder than I expected. Boys are active creatures. They love to run, and run, and run from here to there then there to here. They always do it except when they are sleeping and having a bath. Finish having a bath, they get back to their 'normal life' again. I really found hard times just to make them stop moving so I could dry their body and combed their hair and apply some warm traditional oil (telon oil) to keep them away from cold. They seem to have endless energy to move, move, move, and talk! Who says boys don't talk much? They do. They just stop talking when they are bigger or married. LOL. Trust me. Boys move, talk and do experiments. When they don't, I bet they may be in a not-so-healthy condition.

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Knowing that my cell phone was down, I couldn't do anything. I also didn't have enough power for just getting mad at my first son. I understood that he's in a very good condition when he did something shocking. So, I just sat down and thinking of how to avoid this to happen again in the future.

My Style Parenting Made Simple

My mom told me about her younger years with her 9 younger siblings. Everytime her mom got a new baby, she and other siblings would embrace the baby warmly. They loved to gather around the baby and took care of the baby while the mother was away for a while.
My grandma got 10 children, yes, that's true. Can you imagine that? 10 children means 10 x parenting as every child has his/her own unique character.

I myself have 3 sons which means I have 3 different types of kids to take care of. I wonder how moms with sons AND daughters manage their parenting style. I, who only have boys, often find hard parenting times. Moms (and dads) with sons and daughters are strong parents, I guess.


Parenting is something challenging yet tiring. It also changes through times and ages. Old parenting style can't be implemented to today's children. The way parents treat their kids at their younger years will not be suitable for them when they get bigger. Parenting is always changing. It can be a stressfulling subject if it's taught at school. It can only be learnt through time. Sometimes through trial and error, with pain and tears. Don't we experience that, parents?

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So, is there any easier way to do parenting? Yes, there is.
We, parents don't raise our kids alone. There are always help out there. There are teachers, grandma and grandpa, and God. The last one I mention is where the greatest help comes from.

Within a day and night I ask Allah to give me righteous kids at least 5x after each salah. Here is the dua of Prophet Ibrahim I always do:

"My Lord, grant me (a child) from among the righteous." (surah As Saffat [37] : 100)
Dua is every muslims weapon and this is my parenting made simple. After struggling hard to be a good parent and shower my kids with love and caress, it's time to relax and pass it to The One who owns every heart: God. Through praying, we ask Allah to give us protection, safety, health, wealth and many more. By reciting that dua, we ask Him for good kids.
Parents do, parents pray, that's what my mom told me. We, humans, can control our kids body but not their hearts and mind. Those are things we can't touch but God can. That's why I pray that dua.

Have you, parents, experience the same thing? Do you find your parenting made simple style? What is it?


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This bi-weekly theme is 4 words game: cold, comb, out, oil
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Our Little Astrophysics Professor

August 14, 2017 1 Comments
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That evening I watched the round full orange moon in the East. I always love to see the sky and its celestial bodies. I was an astronaut wannabe anyway.

Earlier, my husband told the boys that the moon had already rising.

"Look at the moon. There will be a partial moon eclipse tonight," said him.

Yes, at that night there would be a moon eclipse on August 7-8.

My second son, our little astrophysics professor (that's how I call him) ran out and headed to the East.

His view was blocked by some tree branches so he walked to other side. His big brother followed him, bringing my cell phone.

"Try to shoot the moon, please," I asked him. But all he shots were blur. LOL.





Our little professor was anxious. He couldn't go to sleep.

"I will be wake up all night until the eclipse comes," that 2nd grader said.

"No, you can't. You have to sleep now. I will wake you up when the eclipse comes insha Allah," my husband said.

Unfortunately, none of my kids woke up to watch the eclipse. Neither did I. I couldn't sleep, actually, but I was too afraid to come out.😅😅

The next morning, there was no question about the eclipse. I think my sons had forgotten about it or maybe they didn't pay enough attention to it.

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However, our little astrophysics professor is still an astronomy lover.

I don't know how he got interested in astronomy. All I know is he likes to discuss about planets, stars and so on.

Or is it because I spread the astronomy lover virus through my stories? Could be.

To support his interest, I bought several books about astronomy.

The first book was 'Young Scientist: The planet Earth', published in 1994 by World Book Inc., Chicago, USA.

Yes. It's a second hand book. I bought it online on a facebook group.

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This hard-covered book contains science about the Earth such as how rocks are made, what is the weather, land on the move, days and seasons.

The last chapter I mentioned became a first step for him to read other book about astronomy.




The second book I bought for our little astrophysics professor was a small encyclopedia. Published by Ganeça Exact, Bandung, Indonesia.

He loves this book so much. This book is also comes with hard cover. I think it's good as it's easy to be taken care of.

Our little astrophysics professor often asks unbelievable question.

He once asked me, "How many days are there in one month in Saturn? Saturn has many moons, right? So, which moon should we use to count one month in Saturn?"

"Well, I think we should divide one year in Saturn into 12," I answered.

Then he continued asking. "What about in Venus?"

"I think we should do the same. Divide one year into 12,"I said confidently.

"But, Mom, didn't you say that one day in Venus is longer than its year? So, how many days are there in a month in Venus??"


Saturn has at least 53 moons. Pic source: nasa.gov


Our little astrophysics professor also loves to watch Disney Junior's TV series 'Miles from Tomorrowland'.

Not only watching, he also critisizing some scenes that seem so untrue.

Such as when Miles and other Callistos visited twin planets Kalandra and Aldora.

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One planet is dry while the other is wet. According to their very close position, at night water from one planet is drawn by other planet's gravity and floods that other planet.

So, the dry planet becomes wet and the wet planet becomes dry and vice versa.


Miles from Tomorrowland
Pic source: sky.com


To our little astrophysics professor that scene is fail because night and day is always exist along with the planet's rotational move. 

Have you, parents, ever watched that scene too? What do you think about it?


His interest in astronomy is unique to me and I am really willing to provide as many study sources as I can.

I also really want to buy him a telescope so he can watch the night sky. Seek for Mars, Jupiter,Saturn and perhaps nebulas.

As telescope is not affordable yet, it's okay just to watch the sky in naked eyes. Watching the moon and its phases, spotting Venus and who knows we can watch meteor shower. Who knows.



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Friday, 11 August 2017

Kids Activity: Three Legged Compound Word Race

August 11, 2017 4 Comments
Hi, Moms and Dads. Learning by playing is kid's stuff. What about building vocabulary? There is a fun activity to do with your kids explained in this guest post by Education.com, it's three legged compound word race.

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In second grade, kids work hard to "sound out" new words as they build up their reading vocabulary. Sometimes, it’s easy; other times, more challenging…and if you’re new reader, having a few patterns up your sleeve can really help things along. One very useful tool is understanding “compound words”—long words that are really made from two shorter, familiar ones, combined.

Here’s a goofy party or park game for a bunch of second grade kids who are learning to read long words. Play it once, play it many times—it should still be good for learning and laughs.

What You Need:

•    16 yellow 5" x 8" index cards
•    16 blue 5" x 8" index cards
•    Hole puncher
•    String or yarn
•    Stretchy rag or tie for tying kids’ legs for the race
•    Flat, open space for a relay race
•    Bunch of wiggly second graders (and any extra early reader friends hanging around)

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What You Do:


  1. Start by making word cards. Parents, you may be tempted to write these yourself. To help your child get the best learning benefits possible, however, sit him down with a thick black marker and have him do the writing here. Use one card per word (but do note that some words are repeated--that's okay!): Blue cards are the opening segments of your compound words: jump, up, child, finger, any (make three), every (make three), hair, birth, some, pop, show, be. On the yellow cards, write: rope, side, hood, tip, body (make three), one (make two), cut, day, thing (make three), corn, case, and cause.
  2. Punch a hole into each upper corner, and tie string through the holes to make a “sign necklace” that a kid can hang from his neck…and pull off quickly!
  3. Divide kids into “three legged race” pairs.   Tell them that they will be doing a relay race in which they must “carry” compound words to a basket across the field. When they run across the field, each partner will wear half of a compound word, so that together they make one compound word.
  4. Place a bunch of other words in the basket at the end of the field. When the pair gets there, they must quickly take off the compound word they’re wearing, and then cooperate to pick out a new one, put it on, and then get back to the starting line so the next pair can go.
  5. Back at the starting line, read off the words that the players are carrying back. What do you see? Are they all real words? Teammates should be prepared to help out here, or else pairs may be sent back to the basket!
  6. The race ends when every three legged pair has gone across the field and back. If you have a fairly small group of kids, you can play this relay against the clock, and see if you can beat your time. Or, if there are lots of kids, this game works well with two teams. No matter what, plan to play a few rounds. It’s great exercise, great teamwork…and above all, great practice enacting and reading those crucial “compound” words.