Learn From the Things They Say

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“My el­dest daugh­ter, Mirabelle, is dyslexic. Her class­mates call her slow, which hurts her a lot. One night, be­fore putting her to bed, I read her The Tor­toise and the Hare. Af­ter I fin­ished the book, Mirabelle turned to me and said, ‘Mama, I am slow like the tor­toise, but it’s okay be­cause like the tor­toise in the book, I will keep go­ing and I know I will make it’. Her state­ment was so pro­found I was moved to tears. Sud­denly I was full of hope be­cause I could see how de­ter­mined Mirabelle was to not let her dys­lexia de­fine her.” – Mita Kelder, 35, pho­tog­ra­pher and writer, and mum to Mirabelle, seven, and Merel, four “When my son Reiez came home from school the other day with­out his lunch box, I was up­set. The lunch box was brand­new and he’d left it be­hind in class. As I lec­tured him on the im­por­tance of be­ing re­spon­si­ble for his be­long­ings, I could feel my­self get­ting worked up. Sens­ing that I was on the verge of freak­ing out, Reiez took my hand and said, very earnestly, ‘Mama, you need to calm down. It’s just a lunch box. Now, take a deep breath and breathe out. Ev­ery­thing will be fine and I will get the lunch box back to­mor­row’. I was floored. My own son had to re­mind me to get a grip!” – Savita Gupta, 45, teacher, and mum to Reiez, six “A few months ago, my el­dest son Adam re­ceived a stress ball. I ex­plained that he could squeeze it when­ever he felt an­gry, up­set or frus­trated. Sev­eral weeks later, we were look­ing at the news­pa­per when he no­ticed a photo on the front page de­pict­ing the Thai po­lit­i­cal cri­sis. He asked me what it was about and I told him that some people in Thai­land were an­gry with their govern­ment and protest­ing about it. His re­sponse: ‘ Why not just give them each a stress ball?’ Could Adam have the se­cret to world peace?” – Ni­cole Lim, 37, stay-at-home mum to Adam, five, and Jude, one “Our fam­ily was hol­i­day­ing in Los Angeles. We were on our way to Dis­ney­land when my hus­band lost his way. I tried to de­ter­mine our lo­ca­tion us­ing the GPS de­vice but couldn’t. A mi­nor ar­gu­ment en­sued and voices were raised. When we stopped at the traf­fic light, a lit­tle voice from be­hind said, ‘ Well, Mum and Dad, ex­pect the un­ex­pected’. It was our then-eight-year-old daugh­ter. What an en­light­en­ing re­mark! We were driv­ing in a for­eign coun­try so there were bound to be a few hic­cups.” – Mishaelle Chua, 38, teacher, and mum to Liu Ying, 10 “Last year, out of the blue, my son said to me, ‘Mummy, I know why a woman is called a woman. It’s be­cause God made Woman from Man, and He gave her a womb, so that’s how the word woman came about’. I thought it was amaz­ing that my son could make a con­nec­tion be­tween the words ‘woman’ and ‘womb’ on his own.” – Collette de Souza, 36, stay-at-home mum to Ben, seven, Is­abel, six, and Ay­den, one “I was on the bus with my el­dest daugh­ter, Robyn, when we no­ticed an el­derly woman get­ting on. She was alone. Robyn looked at her and then turned to me, say­ing, ‘Mummy, when you’re old, I’ll take care of you and I won’t let you ride the bus alone’. I was at a loss for words and praised her for her thought­ful­ness and big heart. To have com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy at such a young age is re­ally some­thing.” – Elsie Chok, 30, stay-at-home mum to Robyn, five, and Kayla, 22 months

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