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Playdough

February 3, 2010

I am all for simplifying things. So when I discovered this recipe for playdough recently I gladly gave it a go. The thing that really caught my eye with this recipe is, there is no cooking involved. Unless off course you consider boiling water as one. Another plus point is, I get to knead the dough. Great stress reliever I’d say! And I absolutely love the smooth texture!

My daughter was so thrilled to see home-made playdough when she came back from school the other day. The the last time we made them was quite a while ago. So both my daughter and son moulded the dough into all sorts of shapes. Blue snowmen’s one of them.

Caution: You may want to take extra care when using this recipe with kids around though. As this was my first try, I didn’t get my kids involved in the process. The ingredients once mixed with hot boiling water turns hot. I think you get the picture.

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Cheers to our happy hour!

February 1, 2010

Happy hour starts early in the Kamiso household today. Well, we’re not exactly drinking alcoholic beverages, if you are wondering. I just wanted to make it sound exciting!

This morning, Aditya who just turned four last month, said he wanted smoothie. He let me know the ingredients he wanted to put, in what he called a “shame.” I think he wanted to say shake (when I knew he meant smoothie).

It’s so easy peasy. We basically chuck the stuff below into our blender:

Some ice, milk, a banana, 2 strawberries, a bit of molases, honey and voila!

Off course we get to choose our own glasses. Mine in a martini glass and Aditya’s, a milk glass!

He loved it so much we had to make some more!

Our Treehouse

January 15, 2010

My husband been working so hard at building this tree house. He had a friend helped him build the structure and did the rest himself. I might start working from here soon.

Consciously working on my top 2010 goal

January 7, 2010

I spent half of my day today, struggling to get things done. This is my first day at work since 2010 began. I took a few days’ break to take care of my daughter as school reopened on Monday.

Even though I am a work-at-home mum, I found that getting back into the swing of this thing called work, a little challenging. It wasn’t until noon that I realise, that my struggle had to do with me not being present. I had work, at the back of my mind from the moment I woke up.

Today was not the first time I caught myself distracted. I had the same experience last week. It is so energy sapping to let my body be controlled by the voices in my head, as opposed to be operating from my consciousness. I find that when I am aware, I tend to be organised and focused and whatever I do brings me joy.

So, my main goal this year is to operate from my consciousness in every little thing I do. If you have any experience that you think can be useful towards me reaching this goal, please share your story with me. I’d be very grateful.

With a fax machine, just about anyone can tweet

December 17, 2009

Now, this is one service which truly bridges the technology gaps between generations. Celery allows non-computer users to send email, update their twitter and Facebook status as well as receive blog posts without having to go online. All they need is a fax machine.

The service is available in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.

How an iPhone can benefit a 3 year-old

December 3, 2009

I used to tell my husband that until an iPhone can express milk or babysit, I will continue to NOT be impressed by it. I saw this online article today.  Even though it doesn’t make me want to rush out of the house and go grab an iPhone for my 3-year-old, it has certainly changed the way I look at it.

Being creative helps make work from home, fun

December 1, 2009

I’ve been cracking my head for days, trying to figure out what to write for my next post. I have to admit I got a little restless thinking about it. It didn’t help that I wasn’t able to find some quiet time to focus on writing. I guess, this can only mean that I wasn’t present in what I did in the last few days.

The thing about juggling work and children from home is I need to be organised and creative.  While being organised comes with experience and habits, I am still working on my creativity.

I recently found a way to make working from home fun, for both my son and me. We created this pretend play and divided the living room area into two segments. My work area and his playschool. So I told him, whenever I am at work, he could only communicate with me by calling me on a pretend phone. It worked out well until he started calling me just about every 5 minutes!

It took a while but he soon got used to the idea that he was not supposed to disturb me while I am working. The thing about my son is, if it ain’t fun he ain’t doing it! And a certain game only work with him for so long.

It gets easier during school holidays as my daughter is around and they keep each other company. But as my daughter is four years older than my son they sometimes want to do different things. This is when conflicts arise.

Some days, I just have to tire my son out by doing activities in the morning so I can work while he’s having a little nap, like right now.

Full-time Mum/Entrepreneur – A Possible Combo

October 19, 2009

I am really glad that last  Friday, I dragged myself out of the house and went to Fit For 2 in Bangsar, for its Bumps, Mums and Muffins session.

That day the topic was on starting a business from home. When Debbie, owner of  Fit For 2,  posted the event via Facebook, I knew it was a session I wouldn’t  miss.

There, several women shared their experiences on working a business around their children time while others spoke of their ideas and challenges.

Like some of these women, the main reason why I want to work from home is so I am able to work around my family time, particularly my two children.

I have tried being a working mum and a full-time mum but neither worked for me. What I have always wanted for myself since the day my daughter was born, was to find something that gives me income, yet I can do mostly from home.

At the same time I am not interested in multilevel marketing as my experience was, I ended up being the end user. What more, the amount of time that I would have to spend outside of  my home recruiting and attending meeting and seminar is not something I want to invest in.

That very day, Anita who is a SAHM,  shared with us how she started her quilt business via her blog  http://www.quiltsandothers.blogspot.com/ The mother of two also offered tips on how to register a business while Debbie gave us some ideas on how to work out the pricing of a product.

They also mentioned the importance of support from husbands and the significance of doing things that one is passionate about.

As I recently launched my new website editorexpress which offers editorial services, I find the the session very helpful. Just knowing that  there are mothers out there who are doing well at juggling their roles as a full time mum and a business owner, make me realise that I am on track.

In search of a playschool for active kids

October 12, 2009

playschool

Three months after my three-year-old son started playschool he refused to return. He’d given me indications that he wasn’t that interested in the school. But I didn’t take him seriously at first.

My intention of sending him to a play school is so he can play with other children around his age. And my idea of a play school is a place where young children learn through play. In fact that was the understanding that I got from looking at the school’s toddlers program as well as from my conversation with the supervisor.

But I soon found out that the teacher expected my son to sit still in class. This is impossible as he is a very active child. And if something doesn’t capture him there is no way he will give it any attention. Almost everyday when I picked him up from school he complained about being scolded by the teacher, “because I didn’t listen.”

I tried talking to the teacher who labeled my son as “hyper” in his first week at school. (I later realised her choice of word was due to her lack of understanding of the word “hyper”. She is also more fluent in Malay than in English). I told her that I just wanted to get my son to play with other kids but she was more keen on getting my son to hold a pencil correctly! She also  complained that my son didn’t want to share and have very short attention span.

I then decided to send my son to playschool three times a week instead of the 5-day week routine. As I felt the teacher could not provide my son with the activities he needed. My son picked up what he learned in school despite the teacher’s claim of him having short attention span. But he also showed sign of distress like when he hold a pencil at home, he would be upset about not knowing how to write numbers. One day he freaked me out when out of the blue he said he wanted to beat the teacher! When I asked him about it, he said he didn’t like the teacher.

A few weeks a go I drove him to school and the moment we reached the place, he refused to get out of the car. He threw a huge tantrum and cried. He asked me to take him to another school.

A week after the incident I got a call from the school supervisor who said they needed my son in school, for a photo session. It was to be a photo session for the school’s coming concert where kids are to pose in their costumes. When I told her my son refused to go to school, she asked me to try to talk to my son and get him to school in 20 minutes so he won’t miss the shoot.

I later had a word with a few friends about this. One friend who also have an active son said it was not easy to find a playschool/kindy for his boy. She felt that the schools here (in Malaysia, unlike in Australia) aren’t suited to boys particularly those with a lot of energy.

So here I go again in search of a playschool that caters to my son’s needs. Possibly, one nearby and not academic oriented.

Caught in the rain

October 7, 2009

rain

We were at the park the other day when it started pouring. It happened so fast that we could not run for shelter. In fact, by the time my 3-year-old son moved from the swing to his bike, we were already drenched.

At this point it dawned on me, there was no point of rushing home as we were already soaked. However, my mommy brain insisted that I perform what is commonly termed as motherly duty. Get my son out of the rain and head straight home. But I decided to shut off my mommy brain.

When I was small, I used to play in the rain whenever I had the chance to, except during thunder and storm (just in case you are wondering). In fact the kids I grew up with did the same.

I used to live in a teacher’s quarters as my parents were teachers. My house was in the school compound and I would walk to school everyday. Walking home from school gets even more exciting when it rained. I would put my school shoes in my bag and play in the puddle! I also enjoyed squishing the mud and the soft, gooey red earth with my feet! Imagine the mud and puddles that occupied me as I had to pass a huge field before reaching home!

Things must have changed since. One afternoon, several months ago my husband, my two kids and me went for a picnic at the Kiara Park. It rained right after we finished lunch. We ended up sitting in a hut watching the heavy rain and a man-made waterfall nearby. As it started  to drizzle, I let my son and daughter go out  in the open.

The moment my son started running on the grass an elderly woman began to give me a piece of unsolicited advise. She just went on and on, basically questioning our decision to let the kids play outside in a wet weather. I took her words with a pinch of salt (actually more like tonnes of salt).

I guess people don’t play in the rain as they used to. Or maybe it’s just the grownups who don’t. Or maybe as we grow older we forget how to have fun or cease to remember the things that shape our childhood.

Whatever it is this grownup is glad she stayed in the rain and let her son did the same that very day at the park. My son and me had so much fun. We ended up laughing all the way home.