Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Talking About Energy Generator

October 17, 2017 0 Comments
2nd-grader

“If only we could build a noise energy generator, it would be very wonderful,” I said to my 7 years old son.

“What kind of energy generator, Mom?” he asked me.

“A noise energy generator. You know, sound is a kind of energy.”

“Do you remember everytime we hear something loud we feel uncomfortable?” I continued.

It’s like I was talking to a college student or someone, but I did talk to my 2nd grader son. He, our little astrophysiscs professor, listened to my explanation very carefully.

Long before this conversation I have already taught my sons that energy can’t be demolished.

It changes form only. From light to heat, from movement to sound, etc. In short, my sons have already learnt physics.

I understand my sons capability so I pursue them to study science and I provide discussions at any time about anything they’d like to know.

I found myself had a really hard time in understanding physics and chemistry while I was in school. I felt that those subjects were far from being earthed.

I mean, those subjects were taught as they were only for completing the paper based test. Not applicable.

For example, I have just understood the meaning of 'salt withdraws the water'. When you put some salt on the floor of your house, you will see the floor becomes wet after some time.

That’s because water is drawn by salt. That's also what happens when you put some salt onto meat or chicken. Water is withdrawn and the meat or chicken becomes dry. Not good.

Now that I have sons and they often ask me things I never thought before, I realize that teaching science from early will be a good thing to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t give them numbered problems to solve, I just let them to understand how nature works.

People often asked me, “Did you really teach your kids about it?”

I said, “Yes, I did. But I simplify the words.”

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Back to that noise energy generator. My son was thinking and asked me how to make energy through noise.

“Electricity comes from spinning turbin. How can noise turn the turbin?”

“Well, I’m imagining a line of towers along a busy road. The towers catch the noise comes from cars, buses and other vehicles and turn it into energy.”

My son couldn’t agree more, but he added something to my idea,

“What if the towers had microphones?”

“That’s a great idea!” I said.

“Then connect them to the loud speaker, right?”

“Yes.”

“And then the noise can turn the turbin,” I said happily as if I had found a remarkable finding.πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

The conversation went on and on. We talked about many ideas in generating energy.

What a conversation. I don’t know whether this idea will come true or not, but all I want to do was just to tease that little professor’s imagination.

Who knows in the near future he will perfect the idea and make it into reality.

Well, parents, do you like to have conversations with your children? What topic do you both love the most?

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Why Moms of Today Are More Fragile Compared To Their Seniors

October 04, 2017 4 Comments

I read a nice blog post yesterday about moms of today who seem more fragile than moms in the past. I agree a lot with the article and I try to write something about it, too.

As a mom of three who live in a modern life, I experience growing kids in different situations.

My first son was born 8 years ago at the time when facebook was just about to gain its popularity. I remember my brother told me to try facebook and he said, "people of our ages are there too." What he actually meant was he tried to convince me that this kind of social media was not too young for me unlike the previous social media which was fully loaded by youngsters: friendsters.

I, at first, was not sure to join facebook but then I read an article in a magazine and then I decided to try it out. And here I am now, a facebooker.
Not long after that I had another baby, my second son who was born only 14 months after his big brother. I raised these two kids as if I had twins. They looked alike and they swallowed my time just like that until I moved to Madiun where I started to be a blogger and social media user.
Raising kids is really a tiring activity so I need to release the burden inside to keep my mind stays healthy.

Fragile Moms, Where Do They Come From?

Me-time, a phrase that really becomes popular in internet age. Perhaps almost everymom in the world feels this kind of need and influences other people to agree with her.

During those me-times today's moms could share their best moments via social media and got a lot attentions from other users. Whether it's a true comment or an envy one, it seems that having something fun becomes double fun when you put it in the social media.
From there, it's possible to say that some moms might get distracted by those social media posts. Moms could easily forget that happiness is the thing they feel inside not the thing they show. Some fragile moms perhaps would feel their lives aren't that interesting and others' lives are more promosing. This could lead to stressful condition.

Expecting Less Fragile Moms

I'm sure there are moms out there who live their lives for their own. They do pay attention to other's life but they don't get distracted. They believe that life is full of surprises, so it doesn't matter whether today is their best day or not, because they know life is just like that. It goes up and down.

You know, a community with mature personality moms is good. Moms with the knowledge of happiness are beneficial to the community. In general, those moms are senior moms.

Senior moms often look like very relax in their lives. They got into less mom-war than moms of today. That's what I see and I started to wonder why.

Then I compare between those two kinds of moms and I realize that there is a big difference between them.
Senior moms live in the era of no social media. They often live with their extended family who were still very close to each other and very helpfull. Senior moms raised their children with the help of the community. This really is a blessing.

In contrary, moms of today often raise their children away from family which means they have to take care of everything. From a to z, from dusk till dusk again. 24/7. Help often comes not in a free form. It needs extra cost to get help from a household assistant, for example. Not only cost that matters, things about relationship with the assistant sometimes could be difficult. A not-so-sssertive assistant can lead to trouble.

Moms of today also often over-exposed to outer world, that is the world beyond their homes. Great stories about successful mom in facebook, for example, might trig a feel of self dissatisfied. This is a really serious problem if it can't be stopped. Moms of today who suffer from it could be non-productive moms and less grateful. A not so happy mom means not happy family. What a bad situation!

Let's Be Happy Moms

Understanding the differences between moms of today and senior moms could open a possibility for moms of today to be happy. Every age has its own challenge and so does mom's life.

Moms are fragile, yes, that's true. But only if they let it happen.

The key to happy moms lie in moms' themselves. Can moms of today detect envy feelings? If they can, it will be easier for them to block that feeling so it will not take over their healthy minds.

If not, I suggest moms should stop their interaction with social media for a while. Social media detoxification. Relax, enjoy your real world and go back to social media just when you are ready. You know, living in social media is like living in a jungle.

Everytime you see or hear something that has the chance to make you envy, step back into yourself and be grateful for what you have got. It can be your healthy kids, your good career, your neat home or your loving spouse. Find something good in you and exhale all negative feelings.
Moms should be happy and strong because moms are worthy. Happy moms means happy family, right?