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Cobrats & Tanglin 2017

By on October 12, 2017

Just got back from Harith’s rugby tournament in Singapore over the weekend.

Yes, a normal reaction from all parents would be “rugby? safe ke?” , Syauqi and I have that worry too of course. However, after more and more trainings and tournament that we went through, I tend to fall in love with it even more. My kids play soccer too, but somehow the atmosphere, the feeling is just different with rugby. The kids on and off the pitch are lovely. The spirit they carry with them despite being  from various team, somehow reflects unity among them. Ahh..something I can’t put in words. You just gotta experience it yourself. In fact, last week I was just telling myself “Gosh what am I putting myself into?” when the logistic for kids became crazy. Juggling the send off and pick ups between 4 kids’ schedule. Their usual once a week training, increased to 3 times a week the last 2 months.  But as I witnessed the kids on the tournament day, all the tiredness for past two months felt sooo worth it.

 

The teamwork during game time is something I would highly speak off. In the game, you really need great teamwork to move forward to the trying line. They were in high spirit on the first day, a good start when they started off wining the first game of the day. On the second day, they had a tough first game. The opponent team was ahead with a comfortable score to win the game and they had about 1/2 time away. One boy shouted to their teammates, motivating others “Come on! I don’t want to go home early”. They continued playing as best as they could to ensure the winning gap is not too big. It wasn’t a good first game. The kids were not fully “awake” , making it easier for the opponent to score. Despite the lost, once the referee blew the whistle, with high spirit the Cobrats shouted out,

Three Cheers for Tanglin

Hip Hip…Horayyy

Hip Hip…Horayyy

Hip Hip…Horayyy
and the Tanglins return their cheers 🙂

After the game, they gathered and coaches briefed them. It was a good experience for myself, seeing how the coach handled the team. No shouting, screaming or scolding the kids. I was attracted to the part where the coach asked “is there anything that I just said that isn’t reasonable…everyone agrees on that?”. He understood exactly how the kids feel, frustrated from the lost and stressed from the extra note, and so he open for a feedback. Voices of the kids are being appreciated too.

Uwais requested to tag along for the games, I was worried he would give me a headache ” mummy I’m bored” , “mummy it is hot” and such. But as it turned out, he kept himself occupied pretty well. He didn’tt need any gadgets to keep him occupied. Happily he walked around in the mud. My kind of happiness, seeing your child comfortable in muds and dirts. He walked around barefooted for both days.

Even an umbrella could keep him busy for an hour, before he moved on to play with the rocks pretending to start a campfire.

 

Having him around also means, we have waterboy! hihi

 

 

At the end of the 2nd day, they had debrief of the game and one of the player spontaneously said “Thank  You Coach” followed by all other players, it is nice to see values and manners the boys carry.

and good luck to the moms to clean their kids attire (another post shall be on this perhaps)

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Sports and Character Building

By on September 14, 2017

Dear Brother and Sisters,

Today I am going to talk about the benefits of playing rugby. I would like to encourage all of you to join this sport. Let me tell you the many benefits of it. Definitely outdoor sports are better than playing video games and ipad.

Playing rugby makes one fitter and stronger. As social skills is important, we develop this team-based activities. Communication and listening is crucial. WE communicate about the strategy on the field. Being selected to be a caption is an opportunity as a leadership role.

During games, we get to learn over a bad outcome, such as losing and failure. Failing means accepting loses, to move on and recover quickly before the next game. We also learn to take constructive criticism from coaches and work harder to improve. The joy of winning is the reward of doing the hard work and the effort we have put in.

Time management is just as important. We have to use our time wisely because time is limited, especially when we have games over the weekend, you have to find time to do homework. We have to find time to do solat in between games. We usually solat by the field because there is no surau nearby.

In rugby we learn development of personal self-esteem and confidence by getting compliments from coaches and parents of the success we achieve. It took me awhile to understand the game but I didn’t give up.

We instill discipline by listening to instruction from our coaches. We have to be on the field on time. We have to eat healthy food and have enough hours of sleep. We have to prepare our gears. This is discipline character is being proactive in all walk of our life. In school and at home.

It is an amazing leaning experience. We get to understand the importance of hard work to success. We also learn that it is okay to lose. It is also great to make new friends from various background.

Above is Harith’s write up. He did it for his Public Speaking Holiday Programme. As I read through his write up, reminds me of my friend who once asked me:

 “You send your kids to all these sports tuk apa, nak diorang be athlete, sportsman ke camane? ” (you send your kids to all these sports with intention for them to be professional athelete / sportsman?)

Nope, I don’t aim for that but I believe there are so much benefit to sports. And seeing Harith wrote the above, Im glad he sees all that through his own eyes. Mashaa Allah.

The part where he wrote “During games, we get to learn over a bad outcome, such as losing and failure. Failing means accepting loses, to move on and recover quickly before the next game” , reminds me of my kids preschool sports day, where everyone is a winner. I did ponder over this…I believe kids should also experience loses. I know in the name of ‘fun’, all the children were given a prize for taking part and somehow I felt that the emphasis has been taken away from winning and losing. Well,of coz it’s a debatable argument. To some, losing lowers these young children’s self esteem, especially young kids. However, my personal opinion, it is okay to have winner and looser, this is where parents n teachers plays important role in handling this. Teaching the kids on sportsmanship, despite winning or losing. And also to teach the winner not to boast. And when kids are prepared in advance, they might handle the situation better. Daily life example we can see among siblings nowadays, where it’s the brother’s birthday…but the mom ended up buying the younger sister present too…”just because she might cry and throw tantrum”. Thus, I feel that when they experience losing…kids learnt not everything goes their way.

Perhaps it is okay for the spirit of fun for the school Sports Day every children gets present, however I believe the present for winner should be different, a lil more than the rest.

In our own household, I used to have 2 kids who somehow tend to avoid joining any activitiy if they knew they had slim chance of winning. It was quite an obvious character when they were young, Harith n Uwais.  Even during birthday parties, a simple game as musical chair…they tend to skip out the moment they see they have competitor. This was actually among the major reason I put them in various sports.To overcome the “fear of loosing” . The minute I saw Harith wrote “get to learn over bad outcome”, I smiled. I guess I successfully achieved what I wanted to from sending them for sports.

My youngest tend to have low self-esteem too if he is unsure whether he can perform or not. It took me almost a year to get him to settle in his rugby team. And also a year into his soccer team. There were days he decides to sit at the corner and just watch. There were days, I had to bribe him extra ice-cream if he played. Now, we entering his 3rd year soon…he gets ready all his gear for practice on his own and enjoying every minute on the field. For his soccer, he was selected for the intensive training of Under-8,  he was the only 6 years old in the team. And now he has no problem trying something new.

my youngest

So yes, back to my friend’s question. I don’t do this aiming for them to be professional sportsman (but if they happen to be, why not…;)) but there are more to it, the character building they gain from doing sports is what im looking forward the most.

And the kids, they are blessed with such dedicated coaches, mashaa Allah. Despite all the screaming and shouting on the field….at the end of every session, they are given reminder of good behavior, respect parents, say thanks to your parents for the meal they cooked etc. Oh, do your bed every morning as that is a form of morning stretching, haha.

 

Oh by the way, between rugby and soccer ( my kids play both) I find that the values from rugby are more than soccer – nope im not being bias…just a personal opinion..dont bash me! hihi

It is common to have friendly matches with your “rival” team, isn’t it? But what is uncommon is seeing the “rival” team coach come over during our team training session to help out, in the name of “Rugby Development”. How cool is that? Despite the maximum body contact they have during the games, they shook hand at the end of the game. And off the pitch, they became friends with other teams. They be heading for hotdogs n icecream stall together while waiting for the next game.

 

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First-Ever PLAY-DOH® Month Celebration!

By on September 25, 2015

I have so much to share but so little time i have. I am almost always running. Whole month of august i was occupied with Nouman Ali’s course…can’t believe it i survive the hectic-ness of daily life for that whole much. I really wanna pen that down here but that will have to wait coz here’s something one shouldn’t miss! It’s tomorrow! Bring your lil ones. Kids and Play-Doh are just something u can’t separate. They will never say no to it and it is just great, how they can occupied themselves with it, coming out with such creative creation. A great activity to sharpen their creativity skill.

Come and Experience the First-Ever PLAY-DOH® Month Celebration!

Let Malaysia’s Colourful Community inspire your kids to create their best PLAY-DOH® sculptures and be part of The Malaysia Book of Records attempt!

Kuala Lumpur, September 14, 2015: A healthy imagination plays an important role in helping children learn, and for over 50 years, PLAY-DOH® has inspired young children to play, invent, experiment and sculpt their own unique creations.

That’s why the first-ever PLAY-DOH® Month is such exciting news!

From September 21 to 27 at Ground Floor HighStreet, 1 Utama, adults and children alike get the chance to create their own Malaysia-inspired masterpieces out of PLAY-DOH® – it can be anything you choose, be it sculptures or numbers and alphabets. 

As you create and re-create, you also get the chance to participate in The Malaysia Book of Records attempt for the most PLAY-DOH® sculptures created in a single day on September 26 (Saturday), and a successful attempt will see your PLAY-DOH® creations on display for all Malaysians to admire, with the most creative sculptures winning exciting PLAY-DOH® prizes!

With PLAY-DOH® there’s really no limit to your imagination, and you can even work in teams or as a family to create something special by sharing ideas. As a tool to encourage learning and experimentation, it’s hard to beat PLAY-DOH® – through hands-on, structured play and encouragement children can learn many skills, from recognising shapes and colours to learning how colours mix and blend, and even social and intellectual skills such as collaboration and problem-solving.

You and your kids can get started to “Shape a Colourful Community” with some of these tips:

Step 1: Work as a team with your kids to imagine what everyone in the family think will best and most positively represent Malaysia. You can even draw your ideas out first using colourful marker pens, colour pencils, or crayons.

Step 2: Materialise your idea using PLAY-DOH® compound. Do experiment and encourage each other as you go along. You can combine the different colours and mix them well with fingers until they become a different colour, and use any other items you have ready in the house to press patterns and make various shapes with the compound.

Step 3: Watch as you and your children transition your flat design into a colourful 3D Malaysia-inspired masterpiece creation!

here’s some Play-Doh representing Truly Malaysia 🙂

Play-Doh (17)

Play-Doh (16)

Play-Doh (1)

For more information and updates about PLAY-DOH® Month, be sure to visit the PLAY-DOH® website: www.playdoh.com.

Stay tune for my very own sculpture 🙂

#playdohmonth2015

 

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Uzair and Two Wheel Bike

By on April 16, 2015

Since my other 3 kids are on 2 wheels bike, we removed the training wheels for all bikes and that left uzair with only the balancing bike. He didn’t like it before but since he was left with no other bikes, he started using it. After awhile he gets the idea where he needs to push with his legs and balance. Actually we do have one more bike for uzair with the training wheels but can’t fit 5 bikes in our Starex thus we choose to bring along the balancing bike with us since its on the smaller size, taking less space in the car.

After awhile, I notice he was pretty good at balancing…tried putting him on 2 wheels bike but he didn’t hv the confidence if i didn’t hold him. He ended up going back to his balancing bike and mastered it.

We were at my inlaws, and about to leave when i saw uzair trying to cycle a 2 wheel bike in the house. Immediately i told the husband…”you, he is into it…bring him out. bring him out! go bring him cycle”. It was about 930pm already, we were suppose to head home as it was time for the kids to hit the bed. However, i wanted to give a positive encouragement to the interest he was showing. Immediately the dad ajak die keluar along with the bike. Brother-in-law was of a great help. dia lah yang gigih bersemangat peganag uzair to get the hang of it. And to our surprise….he started paddling! Mashaa Allah.

Below is the video of his first time riding a 2 wheel bike

(i have no idea why i can’t seem to embed the video, and i don’t have much time to godek. thus, meanwhile u gonna have to click on the link below to see the video)

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He cycled and cycled and didn’t wanna stop. Had to promised him we will cycle again tomorrow morning and  “drag” him into the car. I would definitely give credit to balancing bike, in the video below, u could see his kaki telepas paddle but he could balance himself and continue paddle balik…for a beginner who just started cycling, he could maintain his balance even without paddling.

Him cycling the next morning,

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(click on the link above, sorry u have to do manually, i can’t seem to get the video clip, pfft..dah tahap nak hempuk laptop ke wall ni, haha)

 

Its not necessary for you to buy a balancing bike, u may cabut the paddle of ur kid’s current bike 🙂

 

 

 

Uzair is turning 7 years old, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and also ADHD when he was 3+. He is currently using Young Living Essential Oil, once a week of Craniosacral therapy, weekly Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

We place him in preschool now, joining class of 4 years old and has Special Needs Teacher comes to the house daily for 2 hours.

 

 

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Handwriting; could it be the essential oil?

By on October 23, 2014

Im not sure how to start this post, but as most of my readers know that i have premature born babies. They were born at 26 weeks weighing 760 gram and 600 gram. We were given a great length of briefing regarding premature babies by the doctors when they were in Special Care Nursery (SCN), we were told of the two end of spectrum that our kids might have. Alhamdulillah, they are growing beautifully, now age 7. If someone new to us, they wouldnt know the kids were born premature. They are just like any other 7 years old. However for my gal, she has some focus issue and errrr extremely untidy handwritting. Initially when she was in preschool, i didn’t take serious on that issue as i was assuming she took my genes on that matter. Harith on the other hand must have had the father’s genes on this matter. Somehow, there was a wake up call in regards to her handwriting when she went for an islamic private school assessment test to enter Year 1. Her handwriting were raised and plus few other issues, and we ended up not getting a slot in that school. Yup, how shocking it was to us…just because of handwriting it became a major concern and not getting a spot in the school. We tried being proactive in that matter, did some intensive cross patterning exercise (crawling) as suggested by the school principal and went again for an informal assessment test. again, the issue of her handwriting was raised. We were told to arrange for another written assessment test in a month time. And the day came, the school called me but i was busy and couldnt attend to the phone. The school called the husband instead…and he had enough of this unnecessary pressure. Told the lady that we no longer interested in that school.

So over the year (Year 1) she really had a terrible handwriting. I suspected it was because of her eyes. She did Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) twice when she was 2 months old. She had lazy eye before and i came to realise she have problem doing eye tracking (where her eye balls are suppose to follow movement of my finger). We’ve been doing eye check up for her but it indicate no power. just slight astigmatism. I do notice she had problem to estimate the spacing of each letter. she would write ; th    e bal l isr ed. (the ball is red). but now since her primary school made it compulsory to do cursive handwriting, she overcome that spacing problem coz each letter in a word need to be joined . she tend to write words close to each other though, inconsistency in spacing. Oh another thing i suspect was,  she have problem copying from the whiteboard. Since whiteboard doesnt have lines, when she copies…she get lost half way, not sure where was the last word she copied. to look back and forth at the whiteboard and her exercise book was a major task for her. and automatically she got demotivated to complete a work from the whiteboard. it just took so much effort for her to copy the work.

However, something surprising happen;

This was her work on Thursday, her usual handwriting….

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And on Saturday , yes just 2 days apart….she gave me this handwriting while doing her school homework.

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I was so shocked. amazed at the improvement, mashaa Allah. I dont know how that happen. and the only additional thing i’ve been doing on her is applying essential oils. Since we started using essential oil on Uzair (will write a different post on that) i decided to get oil for her eyes. We are currently using the Young Living Essential Oil.   Well i cant say for sure its the oil that helps her but yes thats the only different thing ive been doing on her. Oh there was something else happen. I had a general meeting with her principal. If it was not the oil, maybe perhaps because she got panic she might need to face the principal since she got to know i had a meeting with her principal.  Besides her handwritting, she has better control of her eye balls too now. Alhamdulillah

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