• Kid's Workout

    Rookie Swimmer Boy

    Attar –my son- loves to go to swimming pools. Each time when we had weekend out of town, he always picked the pool checking the first thing. No matter we got ourselves tired after a long trip and just checked in, he always rumbled along the hotel’s alleyways and got set with his swimming suit. Hmm.. he must be good at swimming? To be true, not really 😀 Contrary to his big crazes at the pre-swimming actions, he came up to showing no guts as he stepped on the poolside. All ablaze passions vanished, and the boy who had just celebrated his 7th birthday last week was likely to look…

  • Dad's Notes,  Family Time

    Too Young for School?

    Too young and not ready yet for enrolling the Elementary School stage. That’s the fact you can find on Attar, my son. He’s now on the second stage and about to reach 7 years old while he was 5.10 when entering Elementary School. And the other fact is that he has got less satisfying results on some of his evaluative exams. Is this likely to blow my head up? Maybe. But I’d rather get my feet firm on the ground and look ahead. Some friends and relatives had warned us beforehand about the consequences of enrolling class prior to the standardised age, 7 years old of age. Quite staggering, respective…

  • Motivation

    Love the Hardship

    Adam Guettel was a successful young man who raised musical theater. He had a remarkable talent in theater. Everyone praised his prowess and many magazines praised him as a genius boy. At the tender age of thirteen, Adam had been predicted to sparkle as a television star. Unexpectedly, he just resigned himself from the opera soloist and said that his voice had been broken. In fact, what really happened was that he was scared because he could not bear the pressures being a very popular one. “I pretended my voice had changed,” he admitted as he turned to music composer later. Many people love problems as they have got them…

  • Kid's Workout

    Support Your Kids Facing New School Season

    Holiday is over. New school’s annual study season has begun. For a large number of students, holiday is a time for fun after a year of undergoing one study level. For them, vacation is vacation. What about the new challenge on the next level will be, they don’t wanna think about it. Only as the holiday ends, they begin to be anxious about the new atmosphere they must face. Starting from the dread of not being able to adapt to new buildings, new friends, even new subjects. Also, worried about not getting clinging friends as they had before. As parents, we always have to guide our children who are experiencing…

  • Family Time

    Reasons Why Dads Should Stick around Their Boys

    As I had to move out of town for my assignment work early in this year, my two kids (10-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy) shown up a retention to my ‘decision’. Thankfully –as time went by, Rasha –the elder one- proved that she could get along with the situation. But Attar -her brother- didn’t walk on the same way. He kept whimpering and clinging to me more. At the outset, I didn’t take it a big deal as I thought time would eliminate his whining behavior, until I found myself mistaken. As my wife told me, I found that the absence of me had brought about behavioral degradation on my…

  • Kid's Workout

    Ramadhan Fasting Completion

    Ramadhan has just slipped away, I’ve got through the righteous month away from home, and Rasha –my daughter- made a significant improvement of her Ramadhan good deeds. Well, those brought about a coincidence that seemed to have made my feet so light to step for the upcoming days, and I do hope this would be keeping so. Indeed, the focal point of this situation was what Rasha reached out during Ramadhan. As all Muslims should do in this kind of honorable month, Rasha has made a good step in her fasting deed learning. Yeah, she’s only 10-year-old and in 4th grade of elementary school girl and yet to be compelled…

  • Family Time

    I See that Good Thing, Dad

    In the phase of rapidly growing mental, emotional, and psychological aspects, a son goes out by igniting his eyes on his dad. All his dad’s behavior, gestures, speeches, and habits are likely the things to be absorbed into his mind, even planted for the longest period of his whole life. A dad must be aware and alert for this circumstance. Take a good planning before going out for an act. However it is nothing to worry about. This could indeed be the golden moment to disburse good values to his son. Moreover, in the long run it will strengthen the relationship between dad and son. I have a little experience…

  • Dad's Notes,  Work-Life Balance

    Sound of Silence

    The sun is surely sliding away over the horizon. The sky is getting dark going straight down to my surroundings and around. And I’m here alone in my room, away from home. Cricket choirs are singing outside, breaking the silence in the crawling night. I close my eyes just for a while, and then I get them wide opened. I try to believe what I’m getting on this time. Once I had to move out of my hometown to work, now I am having the opportunity to take my time a little loose –at least I can distinguish the difference with the circumstances I had before. I know I have…

  • Reflection

    You Are What You Think

    What’s in our mind is what is about to happen. If we think we’ll reach a success, we will. But if we think of ourselves such a person who never makes the grade, we’re then on our way to being a loser. You are exactly what you think. Psychiatric experts overlook mind as the determinant factor in the dynamics of humans. Most of the parts of our human system, like our gestures ad mood, are controlled by our minds. The same way is applied to our feelings. With informations collected and compiled in the brain, the mind commands the ’heart’ to determine the desired circumstances. When the influence of mind…

  • Family Time,  Work-Life Balance

    Mom is the Teacher at Home

    Recently, my wife supposed to get back to work (again). Come on my Dear, please don’t start it again. Think about the kids… As I was expecting the final decision of my assignment to new office out of town –and then I got in charge at the beginning of this year, my wife coincidentally quit her job five months beforehand. This made a joy happen to our kids. Finally, they had their mom stick around after having been left alone everyday as their mom had to hang around in ‘diaspora’ working at office for mostly overtimes, and for years –do you believe that? It was not a problem when kids…