Ni Hao Ma? (How are you? in mandarin)

Mia video teaching mommy mandarin (www.flickr.com/photos/fotobymia/7255741048)

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Doe, a deer, a female deer

One of my most cherished memories as a kid is watching The Sound of Music. Pretty sure most of us will agree its an awesome movie with great songs and every kid would love it! or at least kids who loves singing 🙂 . Of course, I  had to introduce Mia , and ever since then she got hook up! It’s been an everyday event for her to watch the movie over and over and over again, just so she gets those lyrics(and action) right and darn she did! (we’re talking about 4 months of repeats!!)

“Mia why you like to watch this sooooo many times?”
” Bcoz I want to be smart”
“Uhhh?”
“bcoz I want to know how to read the ‘bawah‘ (=subtitle) Mommy.”

Hokay smarty pants!

Amazingly “The Sound of Music” musical theater production from London is making its way to Malaysia in June! Mia was so thrill about the news. Bought the tickets (aint’ cheap yo! ) and anxiously waited for the date.

Long story short, the day finally came. It was just us girls, mother daughter  date night 🙂 . The boys were left at home to have some father+son bonding  as so am I with my Mia.

“So Mia of alllllll the songs, which one is your favourite?”
“So long farewell! And the puppet show song!and…and…anddd…”

The girl was obviously Very excited! She even wore (felt) crown (by Okinokiyo) to the show.

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I’m telling you she couldn’t sit still one minute, so anxious for the show to start. And when it did, she was singing out loud together with the cast. I kept telling her “Mia lower down your voice pleaseeeee” “why Mommy? I wantttt to sing, I watch it everyday and now I want to sing.Why other ppl are not singing? They dont know isit?!” . She even dance and twirl! Boy I’m glad people around my seating area was quite a sport as they didn’t mind with her dancing and singing (or could it be they secretly wish they could do the same w/o embarrassing themself? LOL I know I want to but…ayoo shy lah).

The musical show was about three hours with 2o minutes intermission. I could feel my girl’s happiness was over the top. We both truly enjoyed the show. It was a money worth spend and this whole experience was priceless. Through out the show Mia kept whispering “I love you Mommy”. Awwwww…..my heart melt. I love you More munchkin.

Looking forward to more girly date with my girl.

Kids and News

Mia being Mia, always asking questions, the what/where/how and not forgetting the whys whenever she gets curious about something. Yes, it is natural for a preschooler being all curious – after all, everything in the world is new to them. But mostly she does that, just between the husband and I.

Both the husband and I love reading news. More so for the husband, who prefers reading newspaper as compare to myself, reading it online. Yesterday, as we were waiting for our turn (in clinic) I read the paper, and Mia saw a photo of a young girl involved in an accident. Not an image I would want to expose to her, but unfortunately she did.

As expected “what happen to her mommy?”. Told her a brief story of the accident & I’m assuming she gets it (I get the nodding and ooOOo from her) .

Interestingly, found an article on how to tell kids on reading news. Here.

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Through Your Child’s Eyes

“Children think about the news very differently from adults. News to kids is not just tragic events or disasters; instead they define it to include their entire lives. A child’s “news” could be a dead bird on the street, a cut finger, as well as a story about Hurricane Katrina.

“They also interpret the news in personal ways. For example, when young children watch or listen to news reports about crime, bombings, and hurricanes, they may worry about their own safety. Because young children are not able to fully understand cause and effect and distance, it’s hard for them to make distinctions between an immediate threat and one that is far away.”

Diane Levin, Ph.D.

Professor of Education, Wheelock College. Co-Author, The War Play Dilemma.

another excerpt from here (via link)-

Preschoolers (3-5)– Children this age often mix up reality and fantasy and think that what’s happening on tv could be happening right there in their house. Parents should “shield preschoolers from news coverage of violent events whenever possible” and “avoid repeated viewings of the same event.” Makes total sense.

And with the current news of whats happening in Japan, the desire to know more from my girl grew. Sharing links I found in blogsphere how to teach kids about earthquakes , and talking to kids about the-tsunami in Japan.

Well, looks like Mommy learns something new too dear.

Sending my prayers to all victims and families in Japan.