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Monday, March 24, 2008

I'm a sucker for animations movies, from the traditional ones like clay and stop motion animation to the more advanced computer animation. I watched 2 animations (Appleseed:Ex Machina and Beowulf) last weekend, thx to the kanda. I've watched the first Appleseed and it became one of my favourite anime movies. Being a John Woo's production, one can expect an action-packed movie. It doesn't only raise the bar on the visuals but it even has a better story and improved character development between Deunan and Briareos.

Beowulf has a good plot too although I felt that many of the characters still look plastic'y especially the women. I guess there’s still something about the human face and the emotions running beneath it that technology can never capture. Nevertheless I enjoyed the story without any interruption cos the royal highness was taking her nap. hehe.

The best discipline method

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Aisyah in a good moodNowadays Aisyah whines whenever she can't get things her way. When I don't understand what is going on and try to distract her, she starts to channel her anger somewhere else like swiping a piles of books off the table.

Just yesterday we let her to paint for the first time. For some reason she hasn’t quite figured out that you put the paint brush in the water then into the paint I've extracted onto a plastic plate and then on the paper. She likes to dip the brush in the paint container and then put it dircetly onto the paper. The paint is finished quickly this way and there is no changing her mind about it. In my attempt to show her the correct method, she bent the paintbrush in anger and now it's shaped like a boomerang.

I remember reading that scolding is necessary for the sake of discipline and not out of anger but I can't tahan sometimes. I've been using the timeout method consistently and it does seem to help a lot. I tell Aisyah I'm going to count to 5 and if she don't calm down by then, I will just leave her alone.

If that fails, I will walk away from the scene to prevent myself from screaming back at her. She knows that I am angry with her because she would come to me with her little sweet voice and say "Ibu, happy? Hug...Kiss" and she would hug me and offer her cheek for me to kiss after that.

I know the key is to not get too emotional, but she can make me go crazy and I don't want to spank her. Tell me I'm not the only one experiencing this on a daily basis because the kanda said he had never seen such a behaviour in any kid before (or maybe he hasn't seen enough kids...heh).

kak zee probably has the best method to solve this problem.

Most of America's populace thinks it improper to spank children. The other day I was talking to a fellow worker about methods used to discipline children. We talked about "time outs", grounding, holding back "rewards" until the child displayed desired behavior etc. One of the things we discussed was the act of spanking and my friend explained that no, he does not spank any of his children.

He explained that what he does is to take the misbehaving child out for a ride in the car and talk. He said that usually this works and that the child calms down fairly quickly and really doesn't take too much time.

By removing the child, in this case his son, from the immediate situation and providing a change of scenery, the child is allowed to focus on something different. Once the child has the opportunity to change perspective, things get better quickly and the child has better understanding of his place within the family and begins to understand the families’ concept of acceptable behavior.

He kindly shared a picture of the process which I share with you now.

the one with the golden voice

Monday, March 03, 2008

I heard the most beautiful voice singing Tala al Badr this morning that I just had to share this.

"O the White Moon rose over us
From the Valley of Wada'
And we owe it to show gratefulness
Where the call is to Allah
O you who were raised amongst us
coming with a work to be obeyed
You have brought to this city nobleness
Welcome! best call to God's way..."

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