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abt my boy...as usual :P

Yeah..haven't been updating my journal that dilligently compared to last year. Part of the reason is that Aidan has been taking up more of my time now especially since he's much more mobile and hyper and his nap time in the day has lessened a lot. Previously, he used to be able to sleep at least two 2 to 3 hourly naps a day...but now, I'll be happy if he's able to sleep for more than an hour at a go. Sometimes, he'll go two days with just one nap in the day and by day 3, he'll be so tired that he'll nap longer hours. Heh but I can't put the blame on him entirely...I admit..I'm getting kinda lazy too..

And yes..his mobility ! So far, he has managed to break 3 cups already *sigh*. Time to go Ikea to restock. Maybe I should just get unbreakable cups :P..My problem is that I always underestimate him and assume that he isn't able to reach certain items which I'd placed on tables/shelves. But Aidan who's ever so relentless whenever he spots anything that looks interesting would somehow manage to get his hands on them. Pretty soon, I have to place everything abt my eye level to be deemed safe from him.

He's been starting to throw minor tantrums whenever he doesn't get his way. Fortunately, they don't last very long. Previously, I could rely on his short-term memory by quickly tempting him with something else but it seems that this doesn't work that well anymore. Sometimes, I really wonder what I should do at times like this. It can be quite trying and I'll try my best not to lose my temper too. Usually, I'll 'explain to him nicely and will just let him 'wail' if he doesn't accept it and he'll stop after a while when he realise he isn't gonna get his way. I really hope that this is just a phase but I do fear that it may only get worse..especially when he gets older and undergoes this self-discovery/identify phase. Fortunately, he hasn't thrown any tantrums when we'll out *cross fingers*..Hmm, hope I'm not gonna jinx it by writing that. And remember, whenever u guys see a kid throwing tantrums and misbehaving outdoors, don't be too fast to blame the parents immediately! You'll understand when u have kids of your own.

I am thinking of signing him up at Julia Gabriel's PlayClub Nest Class. This is not because I'm a kiasu parent and I want Aidan to start learning and 'attending classes' at an early age. I think he's someone who thrives on activity [heh, just like his mom] and at times, I can tell that he's bored with the toys & VCDs at home. I've been attending this 'parenting discussion group' at JG at Evan's Road for the last 2 weeks and I find the environment is pretty good for kids. Aidan enjoys himself when he's there too. Will most likely sign him up for the next semester which starts in a few weeks time.

Here's some pics of the li' ones taken at one of the classrooms at Julia Gabriel...
Aidan loves the toys there and had fun playing with them :)

Thought I've posted the last of the beach pictures but I couldn't resist showing this one off..
I thought it looks so cute...with the 2 boys sitting on the sandbank 'chatting' with each other..

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Mar. 3rd, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah..i've been adviced on the consistency part..that whatever action/methods I use to deal with Aidan's tantrum at home, i have to make sure I do the same outdoors. So does that mean that I let him wail to his heart's content too when he's outdoors?

WHat is RIM by the way?
Mar. 3rd, 2004 04:02 pm (UTC)
It's never easy. Jon is easier to manage as compared to Jaz. Maybe boys tend not to cry too loud. Yes, even when outdoors, I will still let him cry it out. Now Jon knows how to ask for a toy or wanted to take kiddy rides non-stop, for these I wld just carry him and let him struggle in my arms. After a while, he will understand that all his struggles are useless and won't try them anymore. In the past, I am more harsh with Jaz as she wldn't listen, so I just let her sit on the floor of the shopping mall and walked away. After that, she never try to pull this stunt again.

RIM is Rhythem in Me. I passed by the studio last Sat and felt it's quite fun for the kiddos. there are puppets and real musical instruments for the kids to explore. I will find out more info and let u know if you're interested.
Mar. 3rd, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
Heh, I talked to the music director and will be putting Tiffany in her class soon but I think only when the next sesmester on 12 April because only then they have afternoon class.
Mar. 3rd, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. You going for weekdays classes. If I'm going I wld opt for weekends.
Mar. 3rd, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC)
I think different children have different personalities. Cant be gender specific. I heard li' boys who cries loudly too.

Have been talking abt this to my hubby and inlaws before..Is the cane necessary at all? I was brought up to fear the cane and truly, it made me more rebellious. But i know some parents do need it to discipline the kid..Dunno lah. I guess at least i've not come to the stage where I need to reply on physical punishment yet..

Hmm is rhythm in me similar to Kindermusik? Should go down and have alook one day :)
Mar. 3rd, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
I practise "spare the rod spoil the kid" but I dun use the cane unless really necessary eg when they are really defiant, and don't listen to our reasoning etc and extremely rude to us (banging the door at us) Yes, different kids, different personalities. We foresee that we will not need the cane on Jon because so far, he listens whenever we explained our position.

I always believe that you can get advise from other parents, but you are always the best person to judge how you want to discipline the kid. You know I always got frown upon when I told my friends that I caned Jaz, but I knew if I dun Jaz will be beyond control now.

So dun ponder abt to cane or not too much? Who knows you might not need to anyway?

I observe that RIM is more interesting than Kindermusik, though I haven't tried both, but compared the facilities, stuff and teachers. Ashley enrolled for 12 Apr semester liao.

Mar. 3rd, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)
in case, u r wondering why i sent twice. i got error msg when i sent this and thot it din go thru.

so i rewrote the msg again ;P
Mar. 3rd, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
heh no worries. LJ is a li' cranky these few days. I had a few multiple post of my own too :)
Mar. 3rd, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC)
I believe in "spare the rod, spoil the kid" theory. Of course, the rod is only reserved for extreme cases like defiance.

Ok...probably it's different personality. Jaz is definitely having different personality compared to Jon.

I find that we can always get advise from other parents, but it's really up to us to decide how we want to discipline our kids, cause we understand and know our kids better. I always got frown upon when I told my friends that I caned Jaz when she was defiant, but I also knew that if I dun, she would be beyond control now.

Parenting is an art - it really depends how you want to paint the pictures. No one else can.

I hadn't attended the lessons at both RIM and Kindermusik, but from the facilities, teachers and equipment, I believe RIM will be a better choice. Ashley had enrolled Tiffany for the 12 Apr classes already.
Mar. 3rd, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC)
Nah..one shouldnt judge the parenting style of others..like what u said..only you know ur kids and their chaoquan ways best!

Hmm..im actually quite interested in trying out RIM now..how much issit eh? The thing abt JG is that it's 3 times a week. Quite siong eh and it isnt cheap either!
Mar. 3rd, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC)
I go find out and let u know. I always very lazy to make phone calls ;P
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
You give me the number lah... I can do the calling....
Mar. 3rd, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy you offer to call :)
Tel: 68873200
(no subject) - angeliatay - Mar. 3rd, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm keen on knowing more of this RIM, got more info on this huh??? I also can do class in the weekends.... Caleb loves music, so i want to let him try on this area.
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)
Okie, once I checked will let u know ;)

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