Friday, February 24, 2006

Parenting Questions

Generally, as parents we strive to do what's right and what's best for our children. Unfortunately, our children didn't come with an instruction tag. So as we walk along the road of parenthood, there are sure to be stumbles and confusion when we encounter crossroads. The following are some questions that I've pondered or are still pondering.
  • When starting to introduce solids: "What else can I cook that they can eat?"
  • Now that they can eat on their own: "How do I get them to eat vegetables when I myself hated vegetables growing up?"
  • How to get them to share?
  • How to get them to stop biting and hitting?
  • What school should I send them to? Kebangsaan or Chinese?
  • Should I enrol them in Music class? Art class? Drama class? Playgroup? Gymnastics? No class? etc... When is it too much and when is it not enough?
  • How to not be so "kiasu"?
  • How do I scream less?
  • Am I being fair to both my children or do I play favorites?
  • When do I start weaning?
  • When do I get start potty training?
  • How to get them to do homework?
  • How do I get them to be interested in books?
  • What else can I do to keep them busy and entertained?
  • What can I do to work from home?
  • If I carry my baby too much, will I spoil them?
  • In the name of discipline, do I sometimes cross the line into being mean and cruel?
  • How do I get them to stop scribbling in my books, on the wall and on the tables?
  • How do I communicate more effectively with my children?
  • What should I teach my children e.g. reading, writing, counting, honesty, love, respect, etc...?
  • How shall I teach them?
  • What resources are available to me (e.g. books, internet), which one shall I use and where can I get it?

I'm sure there were and are more questions? I'm interested to know WHAT WERE SOME OF YOURS?


  1. all of those that you have listed down and one BIG question to myself all the time- AM I DOING THE RIGHT THING???

  2. I ask myself: Even though I have stressed the importance of telling the truth and have led by example, my children still tell lies. How do I make them stop lying?

  3. Hahaha. I was supposed to write "all of the above" and I see two little fellas has beaten me to it.

    yeap, all of the above. And I'm sure, there's lots more to come.

  4. Two little fellas and Geetha:
    Wah, you guys take easy way out by saying "all of the above" ya? Haha. Just goes to show how similar we are amidst all our differences.

    Thanks for sharing. Hope your example and teachings will shine through.

  5. i think you've listed down a very good and comprehensive list of questions...and it would go on and on for the rest of our lives i suppose...

  6. Like two little fellas, "Am I doing the right thing?" comes up tops!

  7. How do I get my little boy to stop being a mess maker, and listen to what I say?


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