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When Aidan says his own bedtime prayer.

"Dear God, thank you for my family, mommy, daddy, ah-gong, ah-ma, auntie Nenita...and [shouting] Macy & Alison! Amen!"

Oh well, at least he's fair. And fickle =D

I don't know how many of you follow Stomp's Star Blog. Yeah, I know they aren't exactly blogging..more like GP where the celebrity bloggers write about a pre-determined topic. Anyway, this week's topic of discussion was of some interest to me."Are our Little Emperors turning into Monsters!" Kinda interesting to read their views..

Actually, hub and I have been wondering whether we've been too lax with Aidan. He ain't exactly a monster but he can be a handful at times. Our biggest problem is getting him to stay still. He's such an active boy and it's so difficult getting him to sit quietly during dinner. We've been cutting down his tv-watching time because he's gets overly excited by the shows and the characters..Now, he only gets to watch tv during the weekends and he's only allowed to switch on the tv after he's asked our permission. Thankfully, he seems fine with our decision. Also, to prevent him from getting too high on sugar, sweets are only eaten durng the weekends too and given as treats ( I have to admit that during CNY, we decided to be more generousl). So far, I think he's still manageable. At least he still fears me [I'm the bad cop] and the naughty chair - (something I'd learnt from Supernanny) and will listen when he sees that I'm really displeased with him. But I don't want to overdo on the discipline part too coz I really want him to have a happy childhood that he'll have fond memories of.

But truly..I still believe that nature plays a big part in how a child will turn out. I'm sure we will know some friends from sheltered/pampered background who are the nicest people around. I have 3 siblings and we all grew up under the same household but we all turned out quite differently. My parents were quite strict when we were young. My dad especially, was very liberal with the cane and his belt. We were constanly reprimanded and punished for any wrong doings and I think after a while, I sorta got immune to all that punishment. And it didn't made me any 'gwai-er' nor stopped me from rebelling and boy, was I a terror during my younger days. I really hope that Aidan has not inherited any of my 'naughty' traits!

More pics of the boy and his pals..

With his fave toy of the moment - a gift from my bro Stephen & his wife Jen.

This skinny li' bugger has a huge appetite! He can eat as much as me..sometimes more!

getting chummy with his constant playmates, Chloe & Renee

auntyadeleAdele,here's the pics I took last Sat!
(and a Happy Birthday to you!)


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Feb. 28th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
I think nature & nurture play a big part in a kid's temperament.

You guys are doing a great job already!
Feb. 28th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
yeah..i acknowledge both do play a big part in shaping the kid but my take is nature more than nurture..

we can only try our best i guess. not easy for u eh with 3 kids to handle!
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
love the colour combi of the group photo. everyone looks fab! :)
Feb. 28th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
yeah..the augustine's family is sooooo colorful!
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Feb. 28th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
woke up to Aiden face when i 'refreshed' my pages.. hahaha

Its good that you know when to be stern and when to be slightly more relax. The cane didnt make me any 'guai er' either!!

p.s. added you as friend, used to lj as todo_nuevo
Feb. 28th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
heh..so i guess the cane is a useless discipline tool :P

yeah, i was checking out ur blog yesterday and recognise u from your pics! didn't know u started a new blog.
(no subject) - blissfultyrant - Feb. 28th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
hi angelia, i've been following your blog religiously (as a link from flipover's blog) and it has been such a joy to see the different cheekiness of aidan and also to kinda be there when you were doing TNP's New Face. :) love the photos that you take too - can't seem to get those sorta shots myself. could just be me - or could just be my dodgy digital camera... hahaha

can't wait for your next post!
Feb. 28th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Audreyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! Guess who's here. hehehheh
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Feb. 28th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
the naughty chair!! think that's an excellent idea. haha.. the wonders of supernanny. :)
Feb. 28th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
heh..i don't agree with all of supernanny's practices but the naughty chair works on aidan which is why i use it :P
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
The first photo of him is so cute! I also love the quality of it too. I am sooo tempted to get a prosumer. :O
Feb. 28th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
IT show coming soon. I'm sure there's some good deals! If not, I can get it direct from client too. Lemme know!
Feb. 28th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
the pic of you and auntyadele's family looks great! so colorful and cheery!
Feb. 28th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
the 1st pix of Aidan makes me want to read more abt your blog and he's very cute... you are doing a great job as a parent no worries :)
Feb. 28th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
the 1st pix of Aidan makes me want to read more abt your blog and he's very cute... you are doing a great job as a parent no worries :)
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
as parents' i guess we just try the best that we can. I know i tend to spurge quite a bit on him which could be seen as pampering the bugger.
Feb. 28th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
The naughty chair? hehe.. i didn't watch Supernanny. How tall is Aidan now? His legs look pretty long!
Feb. 28th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
Yeah. it's a chair where he has to sit on when he misbehaves. The naughty chair at our place is at the balcony and he hates being on it! He knows he's being punished when i place him there.

erm, i haven't had him measured lately..i think probably just over 1m plus hehe..but yeah, he has long legs! Hope he'll grow tall like his daddy (i'll cry if he has my short genes :P)
Feb. 28th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
aidan is so cute... can u get him to give me a kiss too??
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
heh..can can. i'll give him on tonight before he zz and tell him that's it is from u :D..
Feb. 28th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
Haha, emma's bedtime prayer sounds the same. Just the ending part, she will shout "Goodnight JESUS!!!" And then, Elliot will wake up crying...sigh...
I think Aidan's pretty well behaved and independent. Active, but all kids are active! At least you know what he's afraid of. Naughty corner, naughty chair...all don't work for us.
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
aiyoh..so cute..and poor elliot!!

Independent, yes! which actually makes our lives as parents much easier. Erm..so what works for Emma? Must learn how other parents discipline their kids :P
Feb. 28th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
Methinks Aidan is pretty well behaved actually. Heh, most boys tend to be somewhat hyperactive lah ... and some don't grow out of it. *guilty look* LOL! Hmm, it's interesting that you're the "bad cop" though. I'd assumed it was your hubby. :) Methinks it's important to start disciplining kids at a young age, but it's probably more important that they understand the rationale for it. Otherwise, they might rebel for the sake of it.
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
u havent met the boy before so you haven't seen him at his most hyper..especially when he has his li' pals with him. Guess one reason is that he's an only child so when he has a companion, he kinda get overly excited.. But yes, he can be quite well-behaved at times.

heh..yeah, i'm the bad cop coz i'm at home with him more..when hub's home, Aidan really loves playing with him so I rather he play good cop.

I think I understood the rationale behind my parents'actions yet i still rebelled. I guess I'm just someone who refused to toe the line. But now as a parent, i could sorta understand their actions more.
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Feb. 28th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
hah..then li' girls? are they allowed to be naughty *grin*

I'm still not sure abt the cane which is why we haven't got one yet..but i have to agree that reasoning with the kids could be a better option although it doesn't always works (i used to turn a deaf ear to my parents' rationalising :P)
Feb. 28th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I can't help noticing that Aidan has beautiful teeth!

Teeth are naturally not beautiful in my family - crooked and yellowish, so I don't take such stuff for granted and love to see kids with beautiful teeth!
Feb. 28th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
yah, i like his white teeth but he has a tiny gap in between his two front teeth. But i always thought most kids have nice white teeth since they haven't started drinking coffee/coke and smoking :P
my own teeth is stained due to some meds i had to take when i was a kid..
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